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Garrett Coleman



As a native of Pittsburgh,  Pennsylvania, Garrett was trained in traditional Irish step dance at the Burke School under the tutelage of  the internationally renowned Theresa Burke. Despite his traditional background, Garrett has consistently found himself drawn to rhythmically innovative types of movement that push the boundaries of athleticism through dance.  In addition to Irish Step, he has trained in hip hop, tap, and contemporary movement.
He is a two-time solo World Champion in Irish dance and has won 17 other national and international titles. Garrett toured professionally with Riverdance, Trinity Irish Dance Company, Cherish the Ladies, The Chieftains, Eileen Ivers, Gaelic Storm, Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony, David Dorfman of NYC, and Pittsburgh's Attack Theatre. He performed at the Kennedy Center in 2006 as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, is a Young Arts award winner (top 2% of artistic talent in the U.S.), and has twice been named one of the “Top 100 Irish Americans” by Irish America Magazine. He graduated Suma Cum Laude with Highest Honors from the University of Dayton with a self-designed major in Urban Studies and Business Entrepreneurship. He is the cofounder of Hammerstep, a NYC-based dance company fusing Irish step with hip hop, stepping, and martial arts. Garrett has starred in Hammerstep performances worldwide from NYC’s Lincoln Center to London’s West End Palace Theatre to NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Garrett is the co-creator of the sci-fi theatre drama INDIGO GREY, a narrative universe presented as episodic content including an award-winning film and a sold-out live immersive experience. His work has received critical acclaim from publications such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, Huffington Post, and Wired Magazine. He also won the award for Outstanding Choreography at the First Irish Theatre Awards NYC in 2015. He just completed choreography and performance work alongside Bill T. Jones on the original staging of Paradise Square, a new musical in development for Broadway. In the spirit of never allowing himself to settle or to self-impose limits on his creativity and ability, his favorite saying is ‘A man who defines himself cannot know who he truly is.

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