"Understanding the subtle aspects of choreography will help you turn your work in progress into a masterpiece."
-Patricia Kenny Reilly
Patricia Kenny Reilly
(Artistic Director, Dancer, Choreographer)
A native of Manhasset, New York, Patricia studied with Jean Yienken Lee and Olga Berest and went on to receive her B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After graduating, she performed, taught and staged works both nationally and internationally for seven seasons with The Parsons Dance Company. In 1997 she was awarded "best emerging female choreographer" by The Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and in the following year was a founding member of Kevin O'Day's company. In addition to her work in concert dance, in 1999 she performed as the featured dancer and dance captain for Romeo and Juliet - The Musical choreographed by Christopher D'Amboise and directed by Terence Mann. Ms. Kenny Reilly's choreography has been shown at The Tilles Center, The Duke Theater, Evolving Arts Theater, Riverside Church, Peridance, Chelsea Piers,The Dicapo Opera Theater, Adelphi University, Suny Purchase, University of Massachusetts, CALARTS, Hampshire College, The American Dance Festival and at the Arcade Theater in Fort Meyers Florida. In 2001, Patricia founded and was Artistic Director of Patricia Kenny Dance Collection. Interrupted after three seasons by the birth of her three children, she left her post to focus on being a mom. During this time, Ms. Kenny Reilly continued to teach and choreograph at local universities and was fortunate to be invited by Executive Director, Elaine Lewis, to become resident choreographer and Artistic Director of Long Island's Circle Of Dance Repertory Company. After several years with Circle, Patricia has decided to relaunch PKDC and reclaim her role as Artistic Director of her own company. She is thrilled to bring Patricia Kenny Dance Collection into its first return season in New York.