Born and raised in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., Gary Lewis has forged a singular career in Dance and Theatre in the United States and abroad since 1982. Beginning at the age of 12, Lewis studied at the Ballet Theater of School of The Virgin Islands under the direction of the late Kay Atchison. Lewis spent his summers in New York City studying at Dance Theater of Harlem Summer Intensives under the direction of Arthur Mitchell. It was then that Mr. Lewis knew he would pursue dance professionally.
Lewis sought out further instruction beyond the Virgin Islands, moving to Washington D.C. to pursue his dream to become a professionally trained dancer at the Washington School of Ballet (TWSB), under the direction of and founder Mary Day. Known nationally and internationally, TWSB is recognized for its dedication to classical training, dance and dance education.
In 1989, Lewis made his professional debut as a company member of the Capitol Ballet of Washington, D.C. under the direction of late Doris Jones, where Lewis had the opportunity to work, and perform the critically acclaimed ballet “The River”, by Alvin Ailey. Following his tenure at the Capitol Ballet, Lewis was accepted at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School with a full scholarship under the direction of Denise Jefferson.
Lewis auditioned and was accepted into the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in Denver, Co., in 1990, where he led lectures, demonstrations and master classes and performed ballets by Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, Donald Byrd, Eleo Pomare, Kevin Jeff and Katherine Dunham, to name a few. He traveled with the Ensemble throughout United States, Europe and Africa for six years. Lewis was also a company member with the Colorado Ballet, where he performed “Swan Lake”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Nutcracker” in 1992 and 1993 seasons. He worked with Cleo Robinson and Colorado Ballet from 1990 through 1997.
Lewis joined Ron Brown EVIDENCE at the Joyce Theater, NYC in the fall of 1997 for a season. He went on to make his Broadway debut in the original cast of “The Lion King” on Broadway, as a Swing Dancer and Assistant Dance Captain, at the New Amsterdam Theater. Lewis also performed in the cast of “The Lion King National Gazelle Tour” in 2001 for two years performing to audiences throughout the United States.
Other featured performances include the 1998 Tony Awards with The Lion King; the 2008 Middle Eastern Film Festival Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Abu Dhabi, choreographed and directed by Otis Sallid; and performances of FAUST and CARMINA BARANA with the Colorado Symphony in Denver Colorado.