is a performer, teacher, creator, and advocate for the arts. He was born and raised in the Midwest, and began dancing at a young age. His family moved to Massachusetts before he began high school and his curiosity for movement and performance followed him to the East Coast. After high school, he moved to New York City to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. There he was introduced to contemporary modern dance, worked with a variety of guest artists, studied abroad at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, and received a BFA in Dance. Since graduation he has had the pleasure of working with Doug Varone and Dancers, as well as Brian Brooks, Adam Barruch, Steeledance, Sydney Skybetter, and the Metropolitan Opera. Hollis has taught at the Bates Dance Festival, NYU, SUNY Purchase, UNC School of the Arts, The Hartt School, Connecticut College, and Hofstra University; and has ongoing open classes at Gibney Dance Center. From 2010-2015, Hollis was a member of Dance/NYC’s Junior Committee; an incubator for the next generation of dance leadership working to bolster the dance community through research, discussion, and community action.
Photo by Nikki Carrara