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Derek Crescenti

Visiting Instructor of Dance

Derek Crescenti is a performing artist and educator whose performance credits include work with Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, Keigwin + Company, 10 Hairy Legs, The Bang Group, Megan Williams Dance Projects, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, The Chase Brock Experience, and the Mark Morris Dance Group in The Hard Nut. 

He is a rehearsal assistant to choreographer Donald Byrd, most recently for a commission on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and has staged Mr. Byrd’s work at Barnard College. He also recently staged the work of Larry Keigwin on Ormao Dance Company in Colorado Springs, CO. Derek's own choreography has been presented by the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange and the Seattle International Dance Festival.

He holds a BFA from the University of Michigan where he was a James B. Angell Scholar and awarded the 2011 Earl V. Moore Award in Dance. He has worked as an adjudicator and master class teacher with several arts festivals and competitions including the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival and Youth America Grand Prix, and his work teaching dance in NJ public schools earned him the 2015 Artist of the Year Award from Young Audiences Arts for Learning. Derek is currently on faculty at The Taylor School of Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance in New York City.