Derek Crescenti


Photography by Daniel Gwirtzman

Derek Crescenti, a Michigan native, received his BFA from the University of Michigan in 2011 where he was awarded the Earl V. Moore Award in Dance. At UM, he performed works by Rennie Harris, Laura Dean, Paul Taylor and Merce Cunningham and toured to Costa Rica with Sandra Torijano. At the National Society of Arts and Letters 2011 Competition in Dance he won Second Place at the National Career Awards for his choreography. Other training includes San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Merce Cunningham Studio, and the American Dance Festival where he performed a work by Tatiana Baganova. He has performed with choreographers Daniel Gwirtzman and Nejla Yatkin, and appeared in 5th Avenue Theater’s production ofOklahoma! as well as Seattle Theater Group’s production of Black Nativity (both choreographed by Donald Byrd). He is currently in his third season with Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater led by Artistic Director Donald Byrd. At Spectrum, he has performed works by Crispin Spaeth, Olivier Weavers, Cyrus Khambatta, and Donald Byrd as well as traveled abroad to Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to teach and perform with DanceMotion USA in 2013.