Cedric Tillman

Instructor: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, Dance Tech, Musical Theatre

Cedric is a choreographer, director, curator, dancer, educator and mentor with a razor sharp eye for dance composition, musicality and form. His unique dance vocabulary has gained respect from the highest echelons of the dance industry.


His iconic choreography and style has resulted in commissions to choreograph work Tryst for Emily Grizzle and Joanne Sundemeier of The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Androgyny Unlimited, The Bad Boys of Dance, Rasta Thomas. Oscar Hawkins, Phoenix Rising Contemporary Dance, Echo Park Dance DC , Shadowdance Company, American University Dance Team, Men Dancing by Paradise Production, Chrysalis Dance Center and Cedric Tillman/The Works to name a few. He also directed the Northside High School International Touring Company. In 2008 he received 9 nominations with the Dance Metro DC awards and was critically acclaimed by Alexandra Tomolonos and George Jackson of the Washington Post.


Having studied with at The Atlanta Ballet, Washington Ballet, Joy of Motion Dance Center, DC Contemporary Dance and trained with legends such as Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Arthur Mitchell, Yuriko, Bill T. Jones and Ted Shawn he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table.


Since 1993, Cedric has reached over 170,000 audiences and engaged over 2000 aspiring young dancers he joins the faculty at Gasper's School of Dance Summer Workshop 2020 as a Master Teacher/Dance Historian & Educator.



@rastathomas From my first class, to guesting, to working with Misha... here are some important lessons I’ve learned and the teachers I personally learned them from: “First Position”, Judy Turnbull “Isolations and warm up”, Tim Roberts “Dance like a man”, Eddie Shellman “Core strength”, Cedric Tillman “Stamina and Perfection”, Dawei Zhang “Class and Technique”, Alla Sizova “Repetition.... again and again, over and over”, Anatoli Kutcheruk “Pain is gain”, Vladimir Djoulukhadze “Never enough”, Yelena Vinogradova “Power of rhythm and being grounded” Tyrone Murray “Be you”, Fran Peters “Classic versus Classical”, Arthur Mitchell “Simplicity of the step”, Roger C. Jeffrey “Learning and interpreting movement”, Vladimir Angelov “Creating and Directing”, Debbie Allen “How to dance”, Bill T. Jones “The subtleties of movement”, Mikhail Baryshnikov “Fluidity an infinity”, Lar Lubovitch “The Mirror”, Alonzo King “Double show days”, Robert Bertier “The process of creativity”, Twyla Tharp “Grace and beauty”, Carmen de Lavallade “God-like qualities of a dancer”, Geoffrey Holder “Build it and they will come”, Savion Glover “Believe in yourself” Carlos Acosta “Timing and preparation”.

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