Rod Rodgers

RodRodgersRod Rodgers

 (December 4, 1937 – March 24, 2002)

Born in Cleveland, Ohio Rod Rodgers grew up in Detroit, in a family of professional dancers and performers. His first dance teachers were his parents who acquainted their son with many different dance styles.

Rodgers attended the Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts, and studied with several dance teachers whose technique was directly influenced by Katherine Dunham, Pearly Primus, and Hanya Holm. In 1963 Rodgers moved to New York City, where he studied with Mary Antony, Erick Hawkins, Charles Weidman, and Hanya Holm.

Some of the Fellowships and commissions that he received include the NY State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Artists in Public Service, the Beard Fund, the John Hay Whitney Foundation, and other sources. Rodgers was the recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Creative Award in Michigan; in NYC an AUDELCO for innovative Audience development programs.