VISIONS Contemporary Ballet is an ethnically diverse company committed to presenting spiritually uplifting contemporary ballets in artistically excellent concert dance performances to a wide range of communities. It seeks to build new dance audiences and provoke thought and educate by creating and performing inspirational works which explore the human experience.
VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, established in 2007 under the direction of Ranardo-Domeico Grays, is an innovative contemporary ballet company, exuding strength and passion in every piece. Choreographically VISIONS' repertoire transcends any one culture. It relays universal messages of the human experience and can be enjoyed by audiences of any age. The company has performed in New York and Michigan. The company recently presented VISIONS Contemporary Healing Works II at The Theatre at The Riverside Church. In 2017 VISIONS Contemporary Ballet 10-Year Anniversary Performance: Healing Works! was presented at Dixon Place. VISIONS has been presented by The Harlem Arts Festival in 2017; Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center in the Souls of Our Feet People of Color Dance Festival/Dancing the Single Life and PEEKS/Works in Progress; Dixon Place in Fast Forward, Under Exposed and Moving Men; Green Space in Fertile Ground; The Wassaic Project Summer Festival, American Cancer Society/Making Strides Walk in the Events Ceremony at The Bandshell in Central Park, New York City in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2013, 2012, and 2011; Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in Blaktino Performance Series, Boogie Down Dance Series, and Out Like That! in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009; The Field/Lower Manhattan Cultural Council/Harlem Arts Alliance in the Uptown/Downtown Work-in-Progress performance development program at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Chen Dance Center; Forward Motion Theater as part of the Long Island City Arts Open Festival in Re:Vision; The Field and Abrons Arts in the Fall Fielday Performance at Abrons Arts Center Henry Street Settlement; and Town Sports International as special guest in New York Sports Clubs' Best Dance Crew Showcase at Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall. VISIONS presented two evenings of original works in In Remembrance, dedicated to the lives lost and survivors of 9/11, at the Roy Arias Theater. VISIONS has collaborated with Blue Muse Dance in a presentation by The Flea Theater in Dance Conversations, in the Emo Project at Chashama and in a co-production of Reach at the Producers Club. VISIONS has also collaborated with Vangeline Theater, Damon White/Studio Green Penguin and Mikhail Torich. In addition VISIONS has performed at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the Kabbalah Center, and other NYC venues.
Ranardo-Domeico Grays (Founder/Artistic Director), native of Detroit, is an alumnus of The Juilliard School, California Institute of the Arts (BFA), the Alvin Ailey School and Interlochen Arts Academy. He has studied choreography under Betsy Schulberg and Doris Rudko. He has performed with Sensedance, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Urban Wash Dance Company, the La Toya Jackson Tour, Garth Fagan, Zach Morris, and Celebrity Cruises, throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. He has danced and choreographed for various artists and was choreographer/co-host of VH-1’s Rock of Ages. He also was assistant choreographer for Hitgirls, an off Broadway musical. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, and has acted in film and has done voice-overs. He has been a dance panelist and taught Master Class workshops in Contemporary Ballet at Marygrove College; Chicago, Sweet Charity and A Chorus Line workshops at New York Sports Clubs; Urban Fusion at Equinox and Ripley Grier Studios; and Afro-Latin-Funk at American Express' NY Corporate headquarters. As Dance Director of Morris High School, he staged/choreographed Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story and Little Shop of Horrors. Ranardo is a brain cancer survivor!
Alexandria Amstutz (Company Dancer/Rehearsal Assistant) joined VISIONS in 2016 and is very excited to be in her fourth season with the company. Originally from Shelby, Ohio, Alexandria began dancing at the age of four. She has trained at The Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and American Ballet Theatre. She is a cum laude College Honors Program graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, holding a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a Ballet concentration. While at MMC she performed works by Paul Taylor, Murray Louis, Al Blackstone, and Tito del Saz, among others. She has also appeared as a model for Nude Barre and on screen in Black Girls Rock! She is a freelance dancer for multiple companies, including Bryce Dance Company, where she is the Rehearsal Director. alexandriaamstutz.wix.com/dance
Asia Bonilla (Company Dancer) is from Trabuco Canyon, California. She started her formal dance training in Orange County, California under the guidance of Marlene Hall, President and creator of "The Hall Method.” Asia is currently in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program pursuing a major in dance and a minor in mathematics. She has performed internationally in Nicaragua with JUNTOS Collective and in Australia. She has attended summer intensives at Ballet Hispánico, Joffrey Ballet, and The Ailey School, as well as a workshop with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. She has performed works by choreographers Robert Battle, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Henning Rubsam, Martin Losfnes and Andrea Guajardo.
Lilly Ann Comstock (Company Dancer), originally from Louisville, Kentucky, attended the Louisville Ballet School, the Louisville Youth Performing Arts School, the University of Louisville Dance Academy, and the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. She earned a full scholarship to Western Kentucky University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2019. While a student, she served as Treasurer of the WKU Student Chapter of the National Dance Education Organization. In 2017 she traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel to study Gaga under Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company with full funding from a grant. Lilly also trained with the Joffrey Ballet School on a scholarship. She currently teaches improvisational-based movement classes and choreographs works that explore the relevance of relationships and community. Lilly strives to live through awareness and places continual growth and learning at the forefront of her being.
Mathew Ortiz (Company Dancer) was born and raised in New York City. He studied dance at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and Ballet Academy East. He received many dance awards, including the E of Excellence from LaGuardia High School. He has danced professionally and choreographed for Catskill Ballet Theatre and Homo Veritas Dance Theatre. Mathew thinks joining VISIONS Contemporary Ballet was kismet.
Stefanie Roper (Company Dancer) was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and raised in Orem, Utah. She graduated from Utah Valley University receiving a BFA-Ballet and the Merit of Ballet before moving to New York City. Her performance experience includes Ballet Hispánico Dos, FJK Dance, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Born Dancing, Inc., Repertory Ballet Ensemble, and Utah Regional Ballet. She was the executive producer of a local company for three years, choreographing as well as dancing contemporary, Latin folklore, and other world dance forms. With her diverse dance background she has had the opportunity to tour around the world, including the White House for President Barack Obama. Dance Spirit and Pointe Magazine published an article Stefanie wrote about her late start in dance, attending her first dance class in college. As a teacher, choreographer and dancer she loves to share her passion in any way she can. She cannot express her excitement enough to join this beautiful company!
Nick Sartori (Company Dancer), from Seaford (Long Island), New York, has trained at Elite Dance Studio, David Sanders Dance Dynamics and World Class Dance Center, all on Long Island. He has worked with world renowned choreographers, Blake McGrath and Tom Richardson. Currently Nick is assisting Tom Richardson during master classes. He also teaches and choreographs at North Shore Performing Arts Center, helping to raise the next generation of dancers.
Rebekah J. Kennedy (Special Guest Artist) was born and raised in New York City. She joined VISIONS in 2007 and is a founding company member. She holds an MFA in Dance (Choreography) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BS in Dance and Theatre from Skidmore College. She is also Artistic Director and choreographer of Urban Wash Dance Company. She has choreographed for and performed in various projects throughout the eastern United States, including Spiegel Tent, International Dance Festival at DiCapo Opera Theater, Joyce SoHo, Monkey Town, Dance New Amsterdam, Dancers Responding to AIDS Remember Project at St. Mark's Church, and additional venues http://www.urbanwash.org/
Vir-Amicus (Resident Lighting Designer/Composer) is originally from Houston, Texas, and has been with VISIONS since its inception. He has a BFA (Dance) from CalArts and MA (Experimental Performance) from New College of California. He has danced internationally, was a member of ODC/San Francisco, and was a principal dancer in The Matrix 2. He is an interdisciplinary artist who has served as Technical Director/Lighting Designer for BAAD, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre, and others. He was a recipient of the Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) fellowship award in Vocal Performance 2009. He was commissioned for an original score for Ailey II (2012) for "One Moment Forgotten" - Malcolm Low/Formal Structure and lead lighting designer for "Shadow Lands" (2013) by Bx-Rated. In 2014 he was a recipient of the MapFund Grant for composition. He has created original sound designs for VISIONS and other companies. http://vimeo.com/greenpenguin
Mikhail Torich (Videographer), born in St. Petersburg, Russia, has been collaborating with VISIONS since 2012. He has an MFA in Media Design from St. Petersburg Institute of Television Business & Design. He is a music video director, filmmaker, live-mix video artist and film producer for the NYC Mayor's Office, Actors Fund of America, Bronx Museum, and Queens Theatre, and has also presented video projections with various dance companies. His work has been presented in the It’sLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival 2018 in SPACES in Venice Biennale, Italy with his video installation,"CloudFace;" the Cannes film festival 2013 with the premiere of his short film, "Nothing;" and CologneOFF nomadic/Cologne International Videoart Festival 2011 with his experimental video art, screening in Havana, Mexico City, Cologne (Germany) & more. https://www.torich.nyc/
Vanessa Corwin (Production Manager) joined VISIONS in 2016. A native New Yorker, she is an award-winning TV/video and film producer. Her work has screened on broadcast and cable television, as well as in numerous film festivals and independent venues. email@example.com
Connie Corwin (Marketing Director), a native of New York City, has been involved with VISIONS since its inception. She has a BA (Economics) from Queens College. She had a long career as a marketing executive for American Express and is currently running her own hairstyling business. Her interests include dance, fitness, music and travel. hairdesigneroncall.com
VISIONS Contemporary Ballet has had a variety of collaborators. We hope you too would like to explore ways to work with us to spiritually uplift and educate audiences by making it possible to bring healing works about the human experience to communities of all types and backgrounds.
Jose' Rolon Events http://joserolonevents.com/
Studio Green Penguin http://vimeo.com/greenpenguin
Vangeline Theater http://www.vangeline.com/
Mikhail Torich Media Design http://vimeo.com/torich
Andrew Williams (Key Photographer) https://www.facebook.com/andrew.williams3
Talla Designs (Tailor) https://www.facebook.com/Talla-Designs-446340755489371/
Active Phaze http://promodj.com/activephaze
Blue Muse Dance http://www.bluemusedance.org/
Grants and Subsidies
2019 LMCC (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) Creative Engagement Grant
2019 UMEZ (Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone) Arts Engagement Grant
2018 Inaugural recipient of UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant
Triskelion Arts Space Subsidy Program supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
January 2018-December 2018
Triskelion Arts Space Subsidy Program made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
January 2017-December 2017
Triskelion Arts Space Subsidy Program made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Field Meet-Our-Artists September 1, 2018 https://thefieldnyc.blogspot.com/2018/09/september-2018-meet-our-artists-ranardo.html
Out & About NYC Magazine http://outandaboutnycmag.com/thelma-hill-performing-arts-center-dancing-the-single-life-part-2/
Out & About NYC Magazine (Interview) http://outandaboutnycmag.com/o-a-nyc-thelma-hill-performing-arts-center-presents-peeks-works-in-progress/
The Juilliard Journal/Weathering the Economic Storm...and Flourishing http://www.juilliard.edu/journal/weathering-economic-storm-%E2%80%A6-and-flourishing
The New York Times/Three Ways to Burn Up Those Holiday Calories http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/23/fashion/23classyoga.html?pagewanted=print
The Wassaic Project http://wassaicproject.org/dance/
Out & About NYC Magazine http://outandaboutnycmag.com/thelma-hill-performing-arts-center-begins-spring-season-may-1/#more-1920
CAL Arts School of Dance Class Notes http://calarts.edu/alumni/notes/dance
Charmaine Warren Blog http://www.charmainewarren.com/blogspot/archives/05-2014/2
New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/02/arts/dance/dance-listings-for-may-2-8.html?_r=0
Broadway Baby http://www.broadwaybaby.com/shows/boogie-down-dance-series-bronx-centric/511454
Interlochen Center for the Arts http://www.interlochen.org/story/motifs-april-2014
The Juilliard Journal (May 2014)http://www.juilliard.edu/journal/1405/39019
The Juilliard Journal (Feburary 2014) http://www.juilliard.edu/journal/20707?destination=node/20707
Interlochen Center for the Arts http://wwwold.interlochen.org/crescendo/motifs-july-2012
Time Out New York (2012) http://www.timeout.com/newyork/dance/revision
The Juilliard Journal (Feburary 2011) http://184.108.40.206/journal/1102/alumni-news
Our LIC (2011) http://www.ourlic.com/calendar/index.php?eID=1347
The Juilliard Journal (September 2010) http://220.127.116.11/journal/14569?destination=node/14569
The Juilliard Journal (October 2009) http://www.juilliard.edu/journal/0910/alumni-news
The Juilliard Journal (November 2009) http://archive.today/XFLPGTh