Derrick Paris

Bio

Guest Artist for upcoming Nov 2022 premieres.

Derrick Paris (he/they) is an LA Native Movement & Music Artist. They graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BFA in Dance in 2021 & he has had the pleasure of working alongside many artists such as Kate Hutter Mason, Rebecca Lemme, Teresa “Toogie” Barcelo, Genna Moroni and Karen McDonald. Derrick is the current Director of Community Programming at Stomping Ground LA, where he has directed and produced showcases for Black, AAPI and Latinx/Indigenous Artists. His recent commercial work includes collaborations with artists such as Fitz & the Tantrums and G Flip. 

In 2015, Derrick was Assistant Choreographer for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of The Special Olympics alongside Debbie Allen. At the age of 13, he began his Choreographic and Coaching work throughout the Los Angeles area, in addition to creating & directing De Lux Drill Team at the age of 19. Recently, he has started to assist in Choreography and lead in Music Editing for dance teams in both the Collegiate and Pro Team worlds. His competitive, stage and screen work has earned local & national recognition as well as premiering on The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. His current focus is rooted in the research of discovering the intersectionality of his upbringing alongside his unearthing as an adult. They plan to continue producing work, while generating platforms for themself and dancers alike to be visible.

Instagram: @derrbearr

 

*Headshot by Gregory R.R. Crosby