Seán Curran (dancer)

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Seán Curran is an American dancer and choreographer. Curran's dance company, the Seán Curran Company is based in New York City.

As a boy in the Boston suburb of Belmont, Massachusetts, Curran began dancing by learning traditional Irish step dancing. "I used to go once a week for a dollar," Curran recalled in a 1999 New York Times profile, "I learned quickly and our teachers had us performing. The dance and performing bug bit me pretty early."[1]

Curran later spent four years as an original member of the New York cast of "STOMP!", performing in the show for four years.[2] Curran has performed with New York’s Danspace Project and was a lead dancer Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.[3]

Curran is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he now serves as a guest faculty member. Curran has also taught at the American Dance Festival, Harvard Summer Dance Center, Bates Dance Festival, and The Boston Conservatory.

Curran founded the Seán Curran Company in 1997.

The Company premiered Art/Song/Dance, a collaboration Curran and the Broadway composer Ricky Ian Gordon, at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2004. Art/Song/Dance had its New York Premiere in 2005 at the Joyce Theatre.[4]

In 1985, while a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Curran received the award for best New York Dance and Performance at Bessie Awards for his solo performance in Secret Pastures.[5] The New York Foundation for the Arts awarded Curran a Choreographer’s Fellowship in both 1998 and 2002.


  1. ^ Giordano, Kevin (1999-01-03). "DANCE; Performing, Directing and Paying the Bills". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  2. ^ Phillips, Tony. "Sean Curran - Phillips Interview". danceMakers, The Art of Dance Creation. Retrieved 2008-08-12. [dead link]
  3. ^ Gold, Sylviane (2005-06-05). "Putting His Shoes on and His Hand Out". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  4. ^ Kourlas, Gia (2005-06-09). "In Preppy Pants, Seeking the Accessible". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  5. ^ Looseleaf, Victoria (2002-10-06). "One Foot in Art, One in Commerce". The Los Angeles Times. pp. F 59. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 

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