Allyne D. Gartrell
A native of Atlanta, GA brings twenty years of experience to the art of dance. A graduate of the Dekalb Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta, Allyne also attended Florida A&M University and Florida State University where he excelled in Instrumental Music and Dance. As a dancer Allyne has worked with Joel Hall Dance Theatre, Ballethnic Dance Company, Ballet Wisconsin, City Ballet Theatre, and for seven years he was one of the Lead Male Dances for the Internationally known Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, where he served as Company Instructor and Rehearsal Director for DCDC II. While at DCDC Allyne danced the ballets of Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, Ulysses Dove, and Donald Byrd to name a few. Broadway credits include: The Wiz, A Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies, and his latest appearance in Porgy & Bess playing the role of Crown. Allyne also served as assistant to the Tony Award Winning Choreographer Hope Clark, for the production of Porgy & Bess which premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Arts. Over the past decade Allyne has become one of the most recognized master teachers in the country, known for his high energy, & physically demanding jazz and modern classes. His pulsating choreography has been featured on several dance companies and Universities including, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Milwaukee Dance Connection, DCDC II, Morgan State University Modern Dance Ensemble, Spellman College, City College of San Francisco, Lincoln University, and Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre of Grambling State University. In 2006 Allyne premiered a new Ballet “Primary Movements” in collaboration with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with an original score composed by classical composer Jonathan Bailey Holland, for the kick-off of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. In 1999 Allyne founded the Arts Unlimited Project and the Milwaukee Dance Connection a non¬profit multi-cultural organization, focused on the preservation of the art of Dance and African American Culture in the city of Milwaukee WI. In 2004 Allyne was recognized for his contribution to at risk youth in the mid-west by Senator Russ Fiengold, and was awarded the 2004 AKA Trail Blazer Award for outstanding community service. Allyne is a member of the International Association of Blacks in Dance, National Performing Arts Guild and for the past ten years has served as the Scholarship Chairman for the Black College Dance Exchange, a coalition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Most recently Allyne was inducted into the 2009 Presidential Edition of Who’s Who in the Arts, awarded the Dallas Black Dance Theatre 2009 Artist Award, and in December of 2009 Allyne was featured in Dallas Modern Luxury Magazine as one of the Artists in Dallas to look out for in 2010.