Avi Scher & Dancers was formed in August of 2008 by emerging choreographer Avichai Scher. The company’s mission is to build a new audience for neo-classical and contemporary ballet by presenting top quality dancers and new works in small, affordable venues. The company has presented top dancers in new works at Jacob's Pillow, American Dance Guild, Previews, Choreography Under the Stars in Palm Desert, California, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Symphony Space, and the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater.
Avichai Scher is the director of Avi Scher & Dancers. He studied on scholarship at the School of American Ballet for eight years, and went on to dance with ten different companies in six years: Sacramento Ballet, Washington Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Joffrey Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, European Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Carolina Ballet, and Ballet X. Some standout roles have included: Puck in Ashton’s The Dream, “Red-Man” in Lubovitch’s Elemental Brubeck, Mark Morris’s A Garden, and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs. As a choreographer, his first professional commissions came at age 18, creating Jouons for American Ballet Theater Studio Company and The Perilous Night for Miami City Ballet. Since then he’s had works at Miami City Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School’s annual showcases, Washington Ballet Studio Company, Harvard University, Festival Ballet Providence, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and Shut Up & Dance: Dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet. Dance Magazine recognized his choreography by naming him one of the “Top 25 To Watch,” and he is the recipient of the Strassler Excellence Award from Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.