Tere O'Connor

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Tere O'Connor
Born 1958
Rochester, New York
Occupation Dancer, choreographer
Years active 1979 - present

Tere O'Connor (born 1958) is an American dancer, choreographer and educator.

Life and career[edit]

Tere O'Connor was born in Rochester, New York, and graduated in 1979 with a B.A. from State University of New York at Purchase. He performed in the companies of Rosalind Newman and Matthew Diamond,[1] and began working as a choreographer in 1982. He regularly collaborates with composer James Baker in works for the Tere O'Connor Dance company. O'Connor's works have been performed internationally. Notable dancers and choreographers including Lucy Guerin have danced with his company.[2]

From 1990-99, O'Connor was an Instructor in Dance at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and he became a professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.[3] He also teaches at Movement Research in New York City. Since 1989 he has been a member of the Artists Advisory Board of Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York City.

Honors and awards[edit]


Selected works include:

  • 2001 Choke
  • 1999 Hi Everybody!
  • 1998 The World Is a Missing Girl
  • 1998 House
  • 1996 Mother
  • 1995 Greta in the Ditch
  • 1994 The Death of Generous Henry
  • 1988 Heaven up North[5]


  1. ^ White, David R.; Friedman, Lise (1993). Poor dancer's almanac: managing life and work in the performing arts. p. 350. 
  2. ^ "Lucy Guerin (1961-)". Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  3. ^ La Rocco, Claudia (6 November 2009). "Not a Patriarch, but a Leader All the Same" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grant_recipients/tereoconnor.html
  5. ^ a b "Tere O'Connor". Retrieved 14 January 2012. 

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