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Anthony Burrell



A native of Philadelphia, Anthony Burrell began his dance career at age 14 as a student at the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center, and while attending he started teaching other students.   Anthony’s extraordinary talent earned him an emerging choreographer award which later resulted in him being selected as resident choreographer for the school.

Anthony attended Franklin Learning Center for high school, where he studied with Horton Master, Faye Snow. While in high school, he performed professionally with Eleone, KTM Extreme, Danco 2 (Philadanco second company) Koresh, and Prism. Anthony also studied at The Pennsylvania Ballet and the National School of Ballet in Lima, Peru.

Before entering The University of the Arts, Anthony was a two-time local gold medalist and the national gold medalist in 1998 for the NAACP ACT-SO competition in the category of dance. He was also a guest artist with the Bermuda Dance Company.

During his freshman year of college, which he was attending on a “Promising Artist Scholarship, Anthony was hand selected by Judith Jamison to joined Ailey II, the second company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT). Also, at this time, Anthony taught Master Classes at universities and other dance institutions across the country. 

After a year with Ailey II, Anthony joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and toured nationally and internationally with the company for five years. During his time with the Alvin Ailey Company, he set choreography on Ailey members and was described by reviewer Jennifer Dunning as a “choreographer to watch.”

After achieving his life-long dream of dancing with Alvin Ailey, Anthony went on to experience commercial success as a dancer and choreographer in the music industry.  Anthony appeared in countless television programs and music videos, including Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey show, MTV’s TRL, and BET’s 106 & Park. Within a short time he became a dancer, choreographer, and dance captain for Destiny’s Child, Beyonce’, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, and Brandy.

Anthony was a featured dancer on many DVDs including Destiny’s Child’s Live in Atlanta, Beyonce’'s Live at Wembly and The Beyonce’ Experience.  Also, in 2007, Anthony was the Dance Captain and an Assistant Choreographer on Beyonce’s world tour "The Beyonce’ Experience”.

After the touring, Anthony decided to work on his craft as an actor.

Within his first month of training, he was auditioned by award winning choreographer "Hi-Hat" to be the featured actor for Mary J. Blige’s “Heart of the City” tour. He later toured a second time with Mary J. Blige on her “Music Saved My Life” tour.

After completing the tour, Anthony went back to perform with the AAADT Company for two more seasons.

When Anthony finished with the Ailey Company, he was featured on "So You Think You Can Dance” as a dancer in the top 24 contestants. Judges on the show praised his dance saying, “You could be absolutely fabulous in this competition; you're certainly one of the best dancers I've seen in New York", “exquisite”, "you have the It".

With the exposure of "SYTYCD", Anthony went on to teach nationally and internationally as a master teacher and choreographer until he landed a position with pop-star Katy Perry on her "California Dream Tour".

Most recently Anthony starred as ‘Hank’ in the national tour of Twyla Tharp’s Frank Sinatra's Broadway Musical, “Come Fly Away”.  Before Closing out "CFA" Anthony received the call to choreograph and perform in Beyonce’'s- "Back to Business Live at Revel” in Atlantic City’s sold out concert.

In the summer of 2011 he played the role of Kyle, co-starring in his first film. “The Skinny” directed by Patrick-Ian Polk. Anthony proved that he is definitely a multi-faceted performer.

Anthony had to switched gears immediately when he was offered resident choreographer on Abby Lee Miller’s ("Dance Moms" spin off), “Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition” on Lifetime, where he taught some of the nation’s most talented kids ages 6-13, and created multiple numbers weekly .

While working on AUDC, Anthony received a call to perform as a character named Dallas on the “FOX” television hit show, “Glee”.

Currently you can still see Anthony choreographing on “Dance Moms Season 3”, and “Abby Lee’s Ultimate Dance Competition 2”.


Anthony has recently worked on his first feature film  choreographing “Bad Granpa” Jack Ass 4, fall 2013 between television and other engagements, Anthony continues, choreographing, and teaching master classes in an attempt to pass on the training and knowledge that has proven to be the mainstay of his craft.

 


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