Ronnie West

ronnie west 150913Ronald West is a graduate of the North Carolina State University / College of Design / School of Architecture and received a Bachelor’s Degree in 2007 for Environmental Design in Architecture. Ronald was mentored and trained under Kirstie Spadie of the North Carolina Dance Institute on a full scholarship while attending the College of Design. He has studied and danced as an adjunct company member at the Dance Exchange in Washington D.C. lead by artistic director, Cassie Meador, has studied at ‘The PULSE’ student and teacher workshops in Atlanta and New York under the Pulse faculty master teachers and various workshops across North Carolina. A natural study, Ronald began assisting six months into his training and went on to teach by the end of his first year of training. He continues to explore a vast range of dance movement in his classes, in which cutting edge contemporary hip hop and jazz styles are explored. To add, he has danced professionally in Modern Dance works, both locally and nationally, under choreographers Diego Carrasco Schoch, Kate Davis, Courtney Greer, Killian Manning and Michelle Pearson in association with the Continuum Collective, Dance Exchange and Black Box Dance. He has become one of North Carolina’s most sought after choreographers and master teachers within the University System, dance studio circuit, public and private school systems, dance organizations, such as Kodachrome, and he continues to broaden his palette by branching into the commercial music video scene, including choreography for the videos and tour of the premiere album ‘Beauty in the Breakdown’ for upcoming edgy lyricist and vocalist Jean Morisson of Nerv Records.

Beyond choreographing for the previously mentioned, in 2011, Ronald founded the BLACK IRISH contemporary hip hop company which is focused on the generation of strong and creative movement, with the simultaneous intent of bringing the dance and greater community together through the love of dance, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion. Ronald West continues to grow both as a student and teacher and is excited for his future movement research.

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