LORRY MAY, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Lorry May, founding director of the Sokolow Dance Foundation, holds a BFA from the Boston Conservatory of Music. She has danced worldwide as a soloist with Anna Sokolow for over three decades. She was privileged to have several roles created on her: the part of Frida Kahlo in Frida, the soldier's wife in Kurt Weill, the acrobat in Magritte, Magritte, and the lyrical duet, September Sonnet.
Ms. May is considered a leading authority on the Sokolow repertory, gaining experience as an assistant to Ms. Sokolow for many years, and then as co-artistic director of the performing company, Anna Sokolow's Players' Project. Ms. May has set work on the Berlin Ballet Company; Germany; Ballet Independiente, Mexico; Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Ohio; Dancefusion Company, PA; and Kansas City Ballet, Kansas.
She has also set repertory on students at the University of Wisconsin, MI; New World School of the Arts, FL; Jacksonville University, FL; and the Boston Conservatory of Music, MA; to name a few.
Ms. May's interest in presenting Sokolow's legacy as an educational tool is evident in her development of the Sokolow Legacy Workshops which include technique classes, lectures on Sokolow's life, and Sokolow repertory. Successful workshops were given at Keimyung University, Korea; National Institute of the Arts, Taiwan; University 8, Paris; Limon Institute and Barnard College at Columbia University, both in New York City; and the New York State Summer School of the Arts, Saratoga, NY.
Ms. May created and filmed the Sokolow Rooms Etude as part of the American Dance Legacy Institute's initiative The Dance Legacy Volumes, with curator Carolyn Adams. Workshops with the University of North Carolina let to a collaboration with the South Carolina Dance Association to introduce the Sokolow Rooms Etude into the curriculum standards for the public schools in both these states.