Co-founder in 2004 and co-artistic director of TU Dance, Uri Sands’ choreography has received national recognition for the fusion of classical elegance with edgy contemporary action, for pulsating intensity with poetic lyricism. A principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for five years, he also danced with Philadanco, Miami’s Fredrick Bratcher Contemporary Dance Theater, Minnesota Dance Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, as guest artist with Complexions under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, and as a principal dancer with North Carolina Dance Theatre. His recent choreographic commissions include, among others, Zenon Dance, Vocalessence, North Carolina Dance Theater, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In addition to several film and television credits, Uri has taught dance and performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe. He was awarded a 2004 McKnight Artist Fellowship and a 2005 Princess Grace Award in choreography. He has received numerous awards, was named one of ten “Artists of the Year” by City Pages in 2011 and 2003, recognized as one of “25 choreographer to watch” in Dance Magazine (January 2005), and he and Toni Pierce-Sands were named “Artists of the Year” by the Star Tribune in 2005. Their company TU Dance received the Sage Cowles Best Performance Award in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012. As a choreographer, he and the Ordway Center in Saint Paul won the 2009 Joyce Award for dance, and in the same year received support from the Americans for the Arts’ Professional Development Fund for Emerging Arts Leaders of Color. He is a recipient of a 2011 McKnight Foundation Fellowship in Choreography.