Chris Yon

AdministratorPreparatory Dance Program

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Chris Yon is a performer, choreographer and teacher. He mostly performs, choreographs, and sometimes curates, with and for Taryn Griggs. As a performer, he has worked with and for Yoshiko Chuma, Justin Jones, Karinne Keithley, David Neumann and Kristin Van Loon.

Yon’s choreographies have been presented nationally and internationally at American Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, La Mama, Symphony Space, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Gershwin Hotel, CBGB's, The Knitting Factory, Walker Art Center, The Southern Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl, Philadelphia Dance Project, ODC Theater, Velocity Dance Center, Highways Performance Space, Pieter, Project Art Centre (Dublin), Tangente (Montreal), CiteDanse (Grenoble), Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids) and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (Winston-Salem).

His work has been commissioned by The Danish National School of Performing Arts (Copenhagen), The Wooden Floor (Santa Ana), Irish Modern Dance Theatre (Dublin), d9 dance collective (Seattle), North Carolina Dance Festival and Greenhill Gallery. He has had residencies and space grants from MANCC, The Yard, SILO and BAX. He is the co-founder of Ur, your neighborhood dance palace in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2003-2005.

Awards and fellowships include: 2003 NYFA Fellowship for Performance Art, 2005 BESSIE Award for Performance, 2009 SAGE Award for Choreography, 2011 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Choreography and 2015 City Pages Best Choreographer.

Presently, he is an adjunct instructor at Appalachian State University in Boone, and shares a rehearsal and teaching practice with Taryn Griggs in Winston-Salem.

Education

M.F.A.University of Iowa

B.F.A.New York University