MAURICE BRANDON CURRY trained in New York under Ned Williams and the School of American Ballet, and with Ann Brodie, then artistic director of the Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina. After returning to the School of American Ballet he became an apprentice at New York City Ballet. Curry earned a bachelorís degree in choreography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and later became the director of the Lexington Repertory Ballet Theatre and its company school, Dance Partners of Lexington. In 1988, the Columbia Arts Council named Curry the South Carolina Artist-of-the-Year.
After returning to New York to work as a choreographic assistant to Mercedes Ellington, Curry choreographed two critically acclaimed works for Ellington’s company, DancEllington, and assisted Tony Award-winning choreographer Thommie Walsh. Curry has choreographed for the Knoxville Metropolitan Dance Theater, the Alvin Ailey Special Performance Group, Pebblebrook Performing Arts High School, Carolina Ballet, and the Living Hope Dance Ensemble. Four of his ballets are in the repertoire of Repertory Dance Theatre, two of which were selected for inclusion in the concert programs for Regional Dance America. He also has ballets in the repertoires of Adelphi University, Devine Street Dance, New Jersey Ballet, and the Young Americans, and choreographed the jazz club scene in Mobile Ballet’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
As an educator, Curry taught students who were accepted into prestigious academies, apprenticeships, universities, companies or went on to professional careers as dancers with American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, national and international tours, and on Broadway. Curry’s resident faculty positions include the Boys Choir of Harlem, The Ailey School, and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. He also has taught at the University of South Carolina, New York University, Virginia School of the Arts, Columbia Ballet School, Regional Dance America, Moose Jaw Festival of Dance and the British Columbia Dance Festival.
His contributions as a director and/or choreographer include regional productions of West Side Story, Purlie, 42nd Street, The Sound of Music, Some Enchanted Evening, Oliver! Nunsense, (which won best choreography honors at the Southeastern Theater conference), and Sweet Charity. Off-Broadway, Curry has choreographed Red, Hot and Cole, Morningsong and Too Marvelous For Words, which he conceived, directed, and choreographed. He also worked with the legendary Gene Kelly to adapt Kelly’s film version of Slaughter on Tenth Avenue to the stage for Jazz Dance America. Curry also created dances for a new production of Die Fledermaus for the Dutch National Opera in 1999, and served as guest artistic director for the Bangor Youth Ballet’s production of Hansel and Gretel in Maine.
Curry choreographed the opening number for the Broadway Celebrates the Spirit of Harlem at the Apollo Theatre, and conceived, produced, directed, and choreographed From Ballet to Broadway, featuring more than 100 dancers and singers in New York City.
Curry was the educational consultant to the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Ballet Theater, curriculum and policy consultant for Music General in Minnesota and director of educational programs at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. He also is an artistic consultant for Repertory Dance Theatre in Pennsylvania, chairman of the dance department at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, on the advisory board of DANCER magazine, and works closely with Rasta Thomas as director of development for his company Bad Boys of Dance.
Curry holds a degree in digital film and multimedia, and freelances as a director and choreographer for stage, television, and film through the NYC-based production company Innovative Arts and Media.