Who Is Freddick?
Freddick Bratcher was born in Arkansas and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California. He began his dance training while in high school in San Francisco where he danced with the San Francisco Opera Ballet, and joined the California Ballet Company in San Diego after graduating. Bratcher later toured with the Donald McKayle Inner City Repertory Company of Los Angeles, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Martha Graham Dance Company, three of America’s leading contemporary dance artists.
Fusion Dance Company, the area’s first major professional contemporary modern dance troupe, recruited Bratcher to Miami in 1976. Along with William Lord, the founder of Fusion Dance Company, Bratcher helped set the foundations of Miami’s diverse and growing dance community as co-artistic director and dance master. Fusion Dance Company also provided the creative outlet in which Bratcher launched his choreographic career. This catapulted Bratcher from being a professional world-class dancer to becoming a world-renowned choreographer and teacher.
In 1980, Bratcher formed his own company which stands today as one of Florida’s oldest and longest operating contemporary dance companies. For over twenty-five years, the company has offered its innovative contemporary modern, jazz, dance-theater, and narrative works to audiences throughout Florida, as well as in Chicago and New York. Bratcher established the non-profit company with the intentions of creating a full-time resident repertory dance theater while attracting well-trained dancers to perform, teach, and develop artistic skills in all styles of dance. Many of Bratcher’s dancers have continued their careers with national and internationally renowned companies such as Alvin Ailey, White Oak Dance Project, David Parsons, Philadanco, Martha Graham, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North Chicago Dance, Bill T. Jones, and Kevin Wynn Dancers.
The recipient of five Individual Artist Awards from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Bratcher also received the Lifetime Achievement in Dance Award from the Cultural Development Group in Miami. As a professional choreographer, Mr. Bratcher has created over eighty works, some of which have premiered with companies such as Fusion Dance Company, Ballet Concerto of Miami, Grove Dance Theatre, Miami Ballet, Dance Kaleidoscope of Indianapolis, and the Vinette Carroll Repertory, as well as many television specials and commercials. Many of these works are in the company’s current repertory and contribute to the troupe’s reputation for bold and innovative choreography.
Bratcher has taught, led master classes and residencies at numerous schools, colleges, institutions and festivals throughout the United States, as well as in Tokyo, Japan and Bogota, Colombia. He has been recognized by Miami Dade College, Miami-Dade Public School System, and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts for his exemplary teaching abilities. Evidence of his outstanding impact on students is his six-time nomination in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. For twenty years Mr. Bratcher held the position of professor in modern, jazz and composition at New World School of the Arts – an accredited institution that offers Associate and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in visual and performing arts. In 2007, he was recruited by St. John’s River State College to serve as professor of modern, jazz and composition at the Florida School of the Arts campus in Palatka, Florida. He presided over this position until 2014, and is currently teaching master classes throughout the state of Florida.