A B O U T    U S

Rod Rodgers Dance Company came into existence during the1960's when many artists were called upon to create work that reflected newly positive community consciousness. Founder, Rod Rodgers' belief was that dance images reflected truths about human experience and have the unique ability to touch people on a primal level of "feeling identity". RRDC uses dance as a vehicle for human development, including helping people realize their positive potential and inner beauty. We strive to educate and stimulate dialogue about culture, society and the historic contributions of landmark figures.

The company's repertoire (which features work created by Rod Rodgers himself, and current Artistic Director, Kim Grier-Martinez) ranges from thought provoking experimental work as well as celebratory jazz ballets, while each using dance theater as a tool for dramatic social commentary. Our repertoire is trademarked by the company's signature contemporary series titled "Rhythm Dances" that have been recognized as being unique and unexampled in the modern dance field.

Rod Rodgers Dance Company has toured extensively across the U.S. and abroad featuring works by Rodgers and Kim Grier-Martinez; along with several guest choreographers and interdisciplinary collaborations with noted artists. The RRDC’s international touring have included Bermuda, Japan, Italy, Mexico, St Thomas and Mexico as well as USIS initiatives as cultural emissaries to Portugal, Syria, Senegal, Kenya, Zaire, Zambia and Nigeria.

RRDC is committed to:


  • creating contemporary dance images via interdisciplinary collaborations, presenting RRDC Signature works and new dance theater repertoire


  • touring to major concert circuits, Festivals, Universities, Colleges & Schools both in the US and abroad


  • community Outreach & Audience Development including Arts in Education Activities, with emphasis on culturally underserved areas; and investment in "modern dance audiences of tomorrow"


  • developing a fully equipped multi-arts facility that can be shared by a number of companies and independent artists of different disciplines, with our upgraded studios that is the company's home base.

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Rod Rodgers was a second-generation choreographer who worked extensively in modern dance and musical theatre. Rodgers, was best known for his development of concert repertoire which explores and celebrates the Black experience. The New York based company, which bears his name, has been described as "...a unique voice in the field of contemporary dance today"...  

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G R I E R - M A R T I N E Z


KIM GRIER-MARTINEZ is the Artistic Director of the Rod Rodgers Dance Company, founded in 1967, located in the historic East Fourth Street Cultural District, in the heart of New York’s East Village. A native New Yorker, Ms. Grier-

Martinez received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the prestigious Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, now the University of the Arts, one of the top undergraduate dance programs in the United States. She is a dancer,

performance artist, masterteacher, educator and choreographer.

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