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Adam Metzger

BIOGRAPHY

As an in-demand Dancer, Actor, Singer, Musician, and Choreographer, Adam has performed at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, The Apollo Theater, New York Live Arts (NYLA), Gracie Mansion, on New York 1, Channel 7 News, BAM, and on Broadway. His choreography has been performed at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn College, Dancers Responding to Aids Benefits (DRA), Steps On Broadway, Columbia University, Symphony Space and at Jacobs Pillow in July 2012. He is a member of the esteemed faculty of Steps On Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and The Capezio Peridance Center. Adam has traveled widely for master classes, choreography, and intensives/workshops and was a featured dancer in Dance Spirit Magazine in February 2010. He is also the artistic director and choreographer of SLURP by Adam Metzger, a rhythm dance project in NYC, through which he produces rhythm based dance: fusing tap and modern to show the versatility and diversity of rhythm. The company has a variety of repertory and will premiere a full-length concept-show in 2013.

Tap, as with many musical and dance forms, is about conveying a message and emotion. As dancers, technique is vitally important, but the ability to convey the appropriate emotion is key to being a successful performer. Adam’s classes and choreography prepare students technically and emotionally for the professional dance world. Adam has done research, investigating the connection between learning tap dance as a musical instrument (starting at a young age) and an increase in cognitive abilities and performance. Using a tap shoe grant from Capezio, he conducted a study to explore the connections between music and test results in schools, which had highly successful findings. As a Columbia University student, Adam continues to explore the connections between his studies: Business & Philosophy, with the arts. His root in the academic world informs and influences much of Adam’s work in the classroom and on the stage.

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Commitment To Professionalism

FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM

K360 tap shoe: white, triple build, with a tapered heel

BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS

Inspiration comes in many forms: emotional, physical, literary, musical, choreographic, directorial... Embrace your inspirations and let your work reflect them.

UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW

Much of my choreography is built on philosophical concepts covering a variety of time periods including Frankfurt, Nietzsche, Moore, and Kant. The variety of interpretation in the field of philosophy is inspiring and I attempt to replicate some of the multifaceted claims in my choreography.

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