Mark Foehringer (pronounced “Fair-ing- GRR”) -Founder, artistic director, choreographer, presenter, producer, mentor
Over the past 38 years in the dance industry, Mark Foehringer has created a dance organization, directed two pre professional dance programs and made works for dance companies and dance programs, directed operas and developed collaborative projects with musicians and other artists both nationally and internationally. He is a producer, presenter, director, teacher, choreographer and mentor.
Foehringer is an internationally active choreographer and dance educator who has directed his San Francisco based contemporary dance organization, Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF(MFDP|SF), since 1996. Foehringer choreographed and taught throughout the US and abroad, working with organizations that include: Rambert School of Contemporary Dance in London, Ballet Nacional del Peru, Ballet San Marcos of Lima and Cisne Negro Dance Company of Brazil. Outside of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, Foehringer’s company has been seen in Aruba 1997, NYC 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2012, Peru 2007,2008 and 2012 as part of the US Public Diplomacy
Program. In 2010 his MFDP dancers were honored with an Isadora Duncan Award nomination for his work.
Foehringer’s work has been supported by Zellerbach Family Fund, California Arts Council, San Francisco Foundation, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Hewlett Foundation, Helen Bing Music Series, Arts Council of Silicon Valley, Valley Foundation, Peninsula Arts Council, Friends of Fort Mason Center, In Performance Series, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, US Embassy- Peru and Council for International Exchange of Scholars. He is the recipient of two Fulbright Scholar Grants.
His life long work with curriculum based dance training was revitalized by his Fulbright work and by his recent American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum certification. In 2013, Foehringer launched Conservatory for Contemporary Dance Arts, a training and mentoring program for dancers ages 14-21 as a result of his work with ABT and Fulbright Scholar Grant. CCDA has as its primary focus the preparation of dancers for university dance programs or professional dance opportunities.
He is the curator and presenter of Dancing in the Park, an annual outdoor festival which is presented as part of National Dance Week. In 2007 he began a mentoring program in San Francisco for choreographers ages 16-24 called Young Choreographer Forum. Foehringer received two Fulbright Scholar Grants to lecture and set work in Peru in 2007 and 2012. He returned to Peru in 2013 on Specialist Grant through Council of International Exchange for Scholars. Beyond work for dance companies and university programs, Foehringer has worked with West Bay Opera, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Children’s Creativity Museum of San Francisco. Foehringer directed opera productions of Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Gounod’s Faust, Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” and Verdi’s “La Traviata” for Festival Opera of Walnut Creek.
From 1996 to 2006, Foehringer served as artistic director and resident choreographer for Western Ballet in Mountain View, CA. During his tenure he created a four show season featuring guest artists from American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet and Dance Theater of Harlem to name a few. He solidified an 8 level graded for youth, a 4 level adult program and an outreach program that included onsite performances in community centers, hospitals and hospitals. He authored a handbook for dancers for his training programs.
Foehringer grew up and started dancing in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He went on to train and perform in New York, London and San Francisco. In 1977, he joined Cisne Negro Dance Company with whom he toured throughout South America and Europe for 10 years.