Australian Ballet Dancers Company
New York Theatre Ballet
Grand Rapids Ballet Company
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Francis Lawrence was born in Melbourne, Australia where he trained with Lorraine Blackbourn for 14 years. Further pursuing his passion for dance, he studied at The Australian Ballet School and also toured with The Australian Ballet Dancers Company for two years. Upon graduating, he joined New York Theatre Ballet for their 30th anniversary season. Shortly after, he went on to join The Grand Rapids Ballet Company in Michigan for three seasons, under the direction of Patricia Barker. Whilst there, he danced repertoire by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, Ulysses Dove, Lew Christensen, Olivier Wevers, and Mario Radacovsky.
Lawrence danced with the Dance Theatre of Harlem under the direction of Virginia Johnson, performing works by choreographers such as George Balanchine (Agon, Glinka, and Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux), Nacho Duato (Coming Together), Alvin Ailey (Lark Ascending), Ulysses Dove (Dancing On The Front Porch of Heaven), Frederick Franklin (Raymonda), Marius Petipa (Black Swan Pas de Deux), Robert Garland (Return, Gloria, and New Bach), Donald Byrd (Contested Space), and Darrel Grand Moultrie (Vessels). Lawrence is based in New York and is also an active choreographer and guest teacher around the world.
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