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Eric Parra is a first-generation Colombian-American artist hailing from Union City, NJ. He began his dance training at Montclair State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. He has danced for Limón Dance Company, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Von Howard Project, and Doug Elkins Choreography, etc among others. Television and film credits include: POSE on FX, Easter at Crossroads by Crossroads Church, Unconquered by Earl Mosley, and WILD: Act 1 by The Black Iris Project. On stage credits include Fire Shut Up in My Bones at the Metropolitan Opera and Awaited at the Arnoff Center for the Arts. Eric has staged works at Union City High School, Montclair High School, and Montclair State University. Most recently he has served as a teaching artist for NJPAC, Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts, and the José Limón Dance Foundation. Through the José Limón Dance Foundation, Parra has been able to share his knowledge of the Limón technique and repertory through various avenues of teaching including being a lead resident teaching artist for Limón4Kids in NYC Public Schools, sharing masterclasses in institutions such as Texas Christian University and Marisol Pecca Danza (Paraguay), movement coaching for Limón Pro and Limón Launch students, and teaching open classes in Peridance Capezio Center, Gibney Dance, Bryant Park, and Ailey Extension. In 2020, he and his cousin Erica Kika Parra co-founded Parra La Gente, a project company designed to celebrate Afro-Colombian heritage through music and dance. Mr. Parra is the recipient of the 2016 Martha Hill Dance Fund Young Professional Award, 2017 Linda Roberts Outstanding Senior Dance Award, has been featured in The New York Times Arts Section (2019), and was part of the Arts Professional Learning Institute 2021 cohort.

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