Gary Abbott

Gary Abbott

Fellow: Awarded 2022
Field of Study: Choreography

Competition: US & Canada

Gary Abbott is a founder and Associate Artistic Director of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in Chicago, Illinois and serves as a Professor of Dance at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory.

His work exists in and is inspired by the African American community. He’s a dance maker using curiosity and creativity to express, inspire, and rejuvenate all of those who are in search of uplift. Through choreography, he seeks to offer dance as a meeting place where ideas and fears can be examined and where each can fortify another’s spirit. He strives to celebrate humanity by using dance as a tool to explore the human condition.

Abbott began his career in Atlanta, Ga with Barbara Sullivan’s Atlanta Dance Theatre and later attended the California Institute of the Arts. Abbott danced with Lula Washington Dance Theatre and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble of Denver, Co where he was mentored by Ms. Parker-Robinson.

He’s taught and choreographed for: Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia, Dallas Black Dance Theater in Dallas Texas, Iliev Foundation in Bar Montenegro and Sofia Bulgaria, Flatfoot Dance Theater in Durban South Africa, Tianjin Conservatory in Tianjin, China, and conducted workshops in Shenzhen, China.

Photo Credit: John H. Carmody

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