Alvon Reed is a Cedar Rapids based dancer, teacher and choreographer. Alvon currently serves as the Dance Artist-in-Residence at Cornell College where he directed and choreographed the first dance concert in more than thirty years titled TRIGGERED. Alvon was a fellowship student at The Ailey School and the Milwaukee Ballet School. Alvon’s performance credits include, Nike, PUMA, Levi’s Jeans, Microsoft, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Inland Pacific Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Opus Dance Theatre, and Jennifer Muller/The Works.
Alvon also performed in Arena Stages first multi-ethnic production of Oklahoma under the direction of Molly Smith. He has worked with renowned post-modern choreographer, Bill T. Jones on the Broadway workshop entitled Superfly! The Musical. He has also performed at the world renowned Apollo Theatre with tap dancing legend, Maurice Hines. His choreographic credits include, Shrek The Musical, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act The Musical, Peter Pan at Theatre Cedar Rapids.
Additional choreographic credits include American Idiot for the Department of Theatre at the University of Iowa, Hattie Mae’s Juke Joint (an original musical about juke joint life in post war America), and EVITA and Ragtime the Musical with Revival Theatre Company and Rocky Horror Picture Show in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Cornell College. Alvon is also a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association.
I would characterize my approach to choreography/directing as one that is highly collaborative. I believe in providing the people with whom I work the opportunity to have a say in the creative process. I also believe in fashioning inclusive working environments where artistic expression and exploration can thrive.
What excites me about the projects on which I work are the new challenges. Each project involves a particular attention to detail to ensure that the end result aligns with the goals of the director and the abilities of the artists with whom I am working.