Kelvin O. Hardy
Kelvin Hardy received a diverse dance education by Arthur Hall Afro-American Dance Ensemble, the Philadelphia Dance Company, Lynn Simonson and Laurie De Vito, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College. As dancer he has worked in many different genres such as modern dance, musical, film, show and television. After a knee injury ended his dance career he was accepted in a management training program at Shearson Lehman Brothers and after completion he worked for over a year in the Margin department. Not being able to suppress his love for theater he came to Europe with a tour of West Side Story and received many offers to choreograph and teach, as well as touring with his own company.
Kelvin taught for 15 years at the State Ballet School in Berlin, were he developed Modern/Jazz theory and practice courses for the State exam. He also created 13 choreographies for the school gala, ballet competitions and various other venues and was a member of the Artistic council on the school.
At the moment, Kelvin is working as an independent contractor. He has worked as a guest pedagogue at the Zurich College of Arts (ZHdK) where he gave a seminar in the “Master of Advanced Studies program” for aspiring teachers and workshops in the Dance Education Department.
Kelvin was one of the initiators of the “Carmen – a bigger bounce“ – project, a “HipHopera” for Zurich teenagers (2007), which he codirected and cochoreographed with his sister CJay Hardy Philip.
In the winter of 2008/2009 he choreographed for and trained Johanna Baak for the Tanzolymp, an international dance competiton in Berlin. She received a gold medal for modern dance and was a gala participant.
He has choreographed for the new musical from the Childrens Musical Theater in Berlin, “Im Reich des King Aresias”, which premiered in November 2009. In may 2010 he presented his well recieved new piece “Songs of the Equinox” (a 55-minute-piece for 5 dancers) as a part of the dance series “TanzNews” at Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin.
For the new show “Träume brauchen Anlauf” with the youth ensemble of the Friedrichstadtpalast which premiered at the end of October 2010 he choreographed the african dance segment.
In 2011 he developed and taught, amongst other things, a dance-teaching-program for cancer patients with the fatigue syndrome for a study at Charité Berlin. Furthermore, Kelvin is developing his own projects and looking for sponsors.
1995: Pheonix- Projekt- collaboration – Staatsoper Berlin (Rodemund, Rissmann, Siepert, Händler)
1993: Word Song (Sharifa Khalig) – Groschenoper, Frankfurt am Main
1991-92: „Rhythm and Motion” (own company) – Berlin
1988: European tour “West Side Story”
1987: Magigues Chippendales (Nick Denoya, Steve Merit) – New York
1984-87: – Curtain Call (Film) – Tokyo
– Shebops and Skats Company (Laurie Devito) – New York
– Brooklyn Dance Theater (Al Peryman) – New York
– Rod Rodgers Dance Company – New York
– “Sounds in Motion” Dance (Diane McIntyre) – Harlem NewYork
1983: – Blue Mercury Dance Ensemble (Loris Beckels, Mitglieder von Alvin Ailey)
– Jacobs Pillow (Choreographen: Lynn Simonson, Ron Forella) – Lee, Ma.
1978-80: – Arthur Hall Afro American Dance Company – Philadelphia
– The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco)
1976-77: Black Underground Theater and Arts Ensemble (Dartmouth) – Hanover, NH