Robert J. Priore

2023 Cash Prize Winner

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Robert J. Priore is a queer artist who is committed to exploring the ever-evolving issues that exist within the LGBTQIA+ community. Currently he most interested in exploring movement generated as an exploration of the duality between queer joy and sadness and how they truly are two sides of the same coin. Hefounded his contemporary dance company PrioreDance in the fall of 2016. Additionally he is very proud to be a founding member of Washington based Company | E. Robert also serves as the Choreographer-In-Residence for the CityDance Conservatory as well as an Ignite Artist. Robert studied dance at Point Park University. Since 2016 Robert has been named an outstanding fellow in the arts in the District of Columbia. Additionally he has been awarded a Projects, Events and Festivals Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities since 2018 to create original evening length works. Robert was commissioned to create a work for the Mark Twain Prize Award Ceremony, which was nationally televised on PBS mid-November 2018. Robert was awarded the Pola Nirenska Memorial Award in 2019 for outstanding contribution to art in the District of Columbia. In Fall of 2021, Robert became the Director of Dance at The Madeira School, as well as adjunct faculty at George Mason University. Robert’s choreographic work has been seen in over twenty countries, and continues to hope to see his work throughout the US and the world!