​​​​​​​​​meredith rainey choreographer

Meredith Rainey began dancing at 15 in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale.  In 1985 he joined the Milwaukee Ballet,and in 1987 he was asked to join the newly formed Pennsylvania-Milwaukee Ballet. When the joint venture ended, he remained with the Pennsylvania Ballet and was promoted to soloist in 1999 until his retirement in 2006.

In 1997 he performed briefly as a demi-soloist with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. He was also a guest artist with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in their gala performance in honor of Masazumi Chaya. In addition he has toured throughout North and South America, Europe and Seoul, Korea as a choreographer and dancer.

Meredith has performed works by choreographers George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Mary Anthony, Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, José Limón, John Butler, John Cranko, and William Forsythe. He also originated roles choreographed by Jean Grand-Maître, Robert Weiss, Jorma Elo, David Parsons, Trey McIntyre, Kevin O’Day, Dwight Rhoden and Matthew Neenan.

Meredith has been commissioned to create works for Pennsylvania Ballet, Incolballet (Ballet Clásico Nacional de Colombia), Brandywine Ballet, Ballet X, Delaware Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, Phrenic New Ballet. His work has been performed throughout North and South America and Europe including Miami International Ballet Festival, the International Ballet Festival of Ecuador, the First and Second International Ballet Festival of Calí, (Colombia) and Madrid, Spain.

Upon retiring from the Pennsylvania Ballet in 2006, Meredith decided to focus his creativity on his passion for choreography. To that end Meredith spent two years as part of the Susan Hess Modern Dance Studio’s, “Choreographer’s Project”. There, he took part in workshops conducted by Ralph Lemon and choreographic discussions with Simon Dove, among others.

In 2008, he was awarded a one-year “New Edge” residency at the Community Education Center (CEC) of Philadelphia. During this residency he created “Look Inside,” a work that eventually evolved into a company identity, Carbon Dance Theatre (CDT). Between 2009 and 2014, CDT created work that is rooted in classical ballet and infused with the collaborative processes of theatre and other disciplines. CDT was been presented in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and New York and in 2009/2010 was a resident company at Drexel University. In 2014, Meredith shifted his focus away from CDT toward teaching, mentoring, and choreography.

Meredith has taught ballet and been commissioned by higher learning institutions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College, and Muhlenberg College. He has also lead master classes in Chicago for Hubbard Street 2, and currently he is an adjunct professor at Drexel University and a Master Lecturer at The University of the Arts.

Meredith has won numerous awards including the 1995 & 2002 PA Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant for Choreography, 2001 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Artist as Catalyst Grant, 2002 Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, 2010 Dance Advance Grant, and was a finalist for the 2003 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. In 2011, he won The Joyce Theater Foundation’s the A.W.A.R.D. Show! Philadelphia

In April of 2016 Meredith began a new and exciting venture with choreographer and artist Tania Isaac creating PITCH a creative cross-discipline incubator for their work and the work of other curated independent artists.