Dale A. Merrill
- University of Utah, Bachelor of Fine Arts
University of Washington, Master of Fine Arts in Dance
- Dale A. Merrill was the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in
Seattle Washington from 1985 to 2002. Under his direction, Spectrum
grew from a community dance company to a repertory jazz company of
national prominence performing works by Ann Reinking, Margo Sappington,
Lou Conte, Lar Lubovitch, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and Danny Buraczeski.
Born in Richland, Washington, he began studying dance with Willam
Christensen, Bruce Marks and Mattlyn Gavers at the University of Utah to
augment his theatrical training. While in Utah, Dale performed with
Ballet West, Pioneer Memorial Theater and The Utah Ballet Ensemble. In
1992, he became one of the first graduates in the newly instated MFA in
Dance at the University of Washington. As part of this nationally
recognized program, he was actively involved in the education program of
undergraduates, and performed contemporary masterworks of José Limon,
Paul Taylor and Anna Sokolow, which added depth to his classical
background. Dale has over 16 years of choreographic credits including
numerous original works, musical theater production, and a Public
Television Special, Voices Across America starring Paul and Mira
Sorvino. In 1999, he became an Adjunct Faculty member for the
University of Washington Dance Program and for the School of Drama’s
Professional Actors Training Program. In addition to teaching full-time
in Spectrum Dance Theater’s Educational Programs, Dale has been a guest
teacher for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Washington Contemporary
Ballet, Seattle Center Academy of Arts & Science, University of
Montana, Ballet Bellevue, Montana Dance Arts Association, Black Hills
Dance Association, and Very Special Arts Washington.
- Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
PRODUCER: Anaheim International Ballet Festival Advisory board member and producer for the second Anaheim International Ballet Festival. Responsible for securing funds to offer master classes to over 300 ballet students throughout the Orange County dance community. Produced a performance showcasing Youth American Grand Prix award-winning young dancers open to the community.
GUEST MASTER TEACHER: Backhausdance, Summer Dance Workshop; Contemporary Ballet Master Classes Anaheim Ballet Summer Dance Intensive, Pre-Professional; Classic Ballet Master Classes
AMERICAN CELEBRATION ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / CHOREOGRAPHER Responsibilities as artistic director/producer/choreographer for this production include: developing and writing the script; selecting musical numbers; contracting and scheduling guest alumni performers; hiring and overseeing a professional artistic team of choreographers, musical directors and musicians; hiring and overseeing all design aspects including lights, costumes, sets and sound; scheduling and conducting rehearsals; casting student performers; and coordinating with University Advancement and the Office of the President. A major accomplishment for the production has been increasing the involvement of students, which has risen from 45 participants to 95 under my leadership. Other accomplishments included increasing the number of faculty members involved; raising the production values to the industry best practices; and establishing connections with reputable vendors and designers for future productions.
ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY; Awakening; Chapman University Fall Dance Concert