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Loris Anthony Beckles

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Artistic Director of Beckles Dancing Company and Executive Director of ARGA NOVA DANCE, Loris holds a BA in Dance from Adelphi University. He has also studied dance at New York School of Ballet and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.

He has danced with the ALVIN AILEY REPERTORY ENSEMBLE, ELEO POMARE DANCE COMPANY, CAPITOL BALLET and the SYRACUSE BALLET THEATRE, among others, in NEW YORK and on tour in the U.S. and the CARIBBEAN. He has taught in NEW YORK CITY, cities across the U.S., in EUROPE and the CARIBBEAN.

He has choreographed for several companies, including the ALVIN AILEY REPERTORY ENSEMBLE. A 1997 Dallas Morning News review of one of his works referred to it as “… daring” and “gorgeous.” And he won a 1997 Leon Rabin Award for Outstanding Choreography for HAIR at the Deep Ellum Opera Theatre (DEOT).

Mr. Beckles has served as Facility Manager for DEOT and coordinated their New Dance Meets New Music and A Month of Dance festivals. In the summers of 1997 and 1998 Mr. Beckles spent several weeks teaching "at risk" students at AileyCamp in Kansas City, MO.

Artistic Director of the BLUE MERCURY DANCING COMPANY in New York for over ten years, Loris Anthony Beckles is currently Artistic Director of BECKLES DANCING COMPANY in Dallas, TX. He has taught Ballet and Modern Dance at Park Cities Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Modern/Jazz to youngsters at South Dallas Cultural Center, and Jazz Dance at Dream Catcher and Infinite Bounds in Plano. He is the founder of the André R. George Association (ARGA), dedicated to Dance and Related Arts and Issues. In 2001, he founded the South Dallas Dance Festival, which has had increasing success.