Artistic Director & Executive Director
Kerry Kreiman serves as the Executive/Artistic Director for the Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth organization, overseeing the professional performing company, the CD/FW School, and CD/FW’s "Dance Delivered" educational and community outreach programs.
A co-founder of the Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth company in 1990, Kerry has choreographed over sixty works for professional and civic dance companies, universities, high schools, musicals, theater productions, outdoor festivals, site-specific projects, liturgical celebrations and a commercial industrial show. Her work has been featured on public television and community cable stations. Her choreography for other organizations includes commissions and re-stagings for Fort Worth’s Shakespeare in the Park, Purdue University, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Southold Dance Theatre, New Century Danscene, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth Main Street Arts Festival, RetroFest, Texas Chamber Orchestra, Ballet Concerto, the Emma Willard School and the University of North Texas.
Her interest in all of the arts has led her to collaborate with a variety of artists and institutions throughout her career. On behalf of CD/FW, she has collaborated with notable museums to create unique dance events designed for their facilities and/or to coincide with specific exhibitions, including: the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and the Kimbell Art Museum.
Kerry studied choreography and acting for dancers with renowned choreographer Daniel Nagrin and is quoted in his book: Choreography and the Specific Image: Nineteen Essays and a Workbook (University of Pittsburgh Press). As an artist representative for the City of Fort Worth, Kerry was honored to perform her solo "Facets" at the 1998 inaugural celebration of the Fort Worth Sister Cities International partnership with Toluca, Mexico. In 2000, she was invited to teach and perform for a month in Taipei, Taiwan for the first annual Taiwan International Dance Festival on the campus of the National Institute of the Arts.
She has performed in works by a variety of choreographers, including Loris Anthony Beckles, Stan Bobo, Mary Cochran, Jerry Bywaters Cochran, Creach/Koester, Chuck Davis, David Dorfman, Margie Fargnoli, Ellen Page Garrison, Caryn Heilman, David Hochoy, Doris Humphrey, Kate Kuper, Linda Leonard, Jose Limon, Dana Eugene Nicolay, Douglas Nielsen, Ruby Shang, Yacov Sharir, Mercy Sidbury, Jeff Slayton, Gus Solomons jr, Linda Tarnay, Lily Cabatu Weiss, and Chester Wolenski.
Kerry was one of only 12 candidates accepted into a new three-year modern dance technique teaching certification program (begun in Summer 2003 in WA), directed by the internationally-renowned master teacher Bill Evans, which she completed in 2006. She has since continued to work with Mr. Evans as a faculty member for this program, working with him in the summers to help train and certify other teachers.
As a teacher, she has taught all ages and levels from ages 3 and up, in nearly every possible venue -- dance studios; public school classrooms, gymnasiums, stages and cafetoriums; pre-schools; city parks; libraries; shopping malls; museums; arts festivals and camps and more. Prior to co-founding the CD/FW Co. in 1990, Kerry directed the Dance Program at the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana (1987-1990) and was Visiting Assistant Professor at Saint Mary's College at Notre Dame (1989-90). She was a Guest Lecturer in Modern Dance for the Texas Christian University Department of Ballet & Modern Dance for eight years, serving on both the undergraduate and graduate faculties.
In addition to teaching for the CD/FW School and "Dance Delivered" educational and community outreach programs, Kerry is a certified Pilates instructor through Balanced Body University and is a co-owner and Top Mechanic for The Body Garage, a Pilates studio in Fort Worth.
As an arts administrator, she has received scholarships to Dance/USA conferences and training sessions, and has attended the Jacob's Pillow intensive for community outreach directors. Kerry has served on grant panels for the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the City of Dallas, and the Indiana Arts Commission.
Kerry holds a MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a BFA in Modern Dance and a BA in Philosophy from Texas Christian University. At TCU she was recognized as a member of Mortar Board and Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities. She was named Senior Scholar in Dance and Philosophy and received Departmental Honors in Dance, an Outstanding Student Leadership Award, and the Dean's Award for the AddRan College of Arts and Sciences: Top Humanities Student. The Department of Dance at the University of Illinois awarded her the Lisa Carducci Memorial Scholarship for the most promising student. The Star-Telegram has recognized Kreiman as "one of the most inspired artistic leaders in our community."