Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer
Over the past 39 years in the dance industry, Mark Foehringer has created a dance organization, directed two pre professional dance programs and made works for dance companies and dance programs, directed operas and developed collaborative projects with musicians and other artists. He is a producer, presenter, director, teacher, choreographer and mentor.
Foehringer is an internationally active choreographer and dance educator who has directed his San Francisco based contemporary dance organization, Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF (MFDP|SF), since 1996. He choreographed and taught throughout the US and abroad, working with organizations that include: Rambert School of Contemporary Dance in London, Ballet Nacional del Peru, Ballet San Marcos of Lima and Cisne Negro Dance Company of Brazil. Outside of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, Foehringer’s company has been seen in Aruba 1997, NYC 1999, 2000, 2005, 2012 and 2014, Peru 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
He launched Conservatory for Contemporary Dance Arts (CCDA) in 2013, a training program for dancers ages 14-18 who are focused on a college dance program or a professional dance career. In addition, he curates and presents Dancing in the Park SF, a large scale outdoor dance event every spring featuring dance companies from around the Bay Area.
His work has been supported by San Francisco Foundation; Fleishhacker Foundation; Zellerbach Family Fund; Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Fort Mason Center Presents; Helen Bing Music Series; Arts Council Silicon Valley; California Arts Council; Council for International Exchange of Scholars; Peninsula Foundation; Valley Foundation of Silicon Valley; Center for Cultural Innovation; School of Music and Dance of San Jose State University and US Public Diplomacy Program.
Foehringer received two Fulbright fellowships to lecture and set work in Peru in 2007 and 2012. He returned to Peru in 2013 on Specialist Grant through Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Beyond work for dance companies and university programs, Foehringer has worked with Festival Opera, West Bay Opera, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Children’s Creativity Museum of San Francisco. Foehringer directed opera productions of Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Gounod’s Faust, Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” and most recently Verdi’s “La Traviata” for Festival Opera of Walnut Creek.
He held the positions of Artistic Director and resident choreographer at Western Ballet in Mountain View, CA for 10 years. During his directorship he increased the student body; designed the new home for the school; authored a student handbook; developed an 8 level training program for youth and 4 level program adult students; created 4 a show season with a strong classical and contemporary repertoire.
Foehringer grew up and started dancing in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He went on to train and perform in New York, London and San Francisco. In 1977, he joined Cisne Negro Dance Company with whom he toured throughout South America and Europe for 10 years.
In addition to directing MFDP|SF and CCDA, Mark is adjunct faculty at San Jose State University.
Fulbright Press Release