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Alex Ketley

Alex Ketley is an independent choreographer and the director of The Foundry, a contemporary dance company based in San Francisco. Formally a classical dancer with the San Francisco Ballet (1994-1998), he performed a wide range of classical and contemporary repertory in San Francisco and on tour throughout the world. In 1998 he left the San Francisco Ballet to co-found The Foundry in order to explore his deepening interests in choreography, improvisation, mixed media work, and collaborative process. He has received acknowledgement from the Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition (2001), the International Choreographic Competition of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveaur (2004), the National Choo-San Goh Award (2005), the inaugural Princess Grace Award for Choreography (2005), the BNC National Choreographic Competition (2008), three CHIME Awards (2007,2008, and 2012), and two Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Residencies (2007 and 2009). In 2009 his work "To Color Me Different" won an Isadora Duncan Award for Best Ensemble Performance and was considered one of the Top Ten Performances of the Year by both Voice of Dance and the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition to commissions from Ballet Leipzig in Germany and the Juilliard School in New York, for 2011, he was the sole artist to receive the National Eben Demarest Award. In 2012, the collaborative work Terra Incognita: Revisited won Isadora Duncan Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and Outstanding Achievement by a Company. For more visit: