RANARDO-DOMEICO GRAYS is the founder/artistic director of VISIONS Contemporary Ballet and a member of the Screen Actors Guild/Associated Actors and Artistes of America. He has performed with Sensedance, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Urban Wash Dance Company, La Toya Jackson Tour, Garth Fagan, Zack Morris, Celebrity Cruises, and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. An alumnus of The Juilliard School, California Institute of the Arts (BFA), and the Alvin Ailey School, he is originally from Detroit, Michigan, where he attended Cooley High School as a member of the National Honor Society, studied and performed with University of Michigan Dance faculty and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy.
Ranardo has had acting roles in film (Slow Jam King, Shortcut to Happiness, and State Property 2) and television (Gossip Girl, Canterbury’s Law and The Nanny), and was choreographer/co-host of VH-1’s Rock of Ages. He also was assistant choreographer in the Off Broadway musical, Hitgirls. He worked in many TV commercials, has performed in off Broadway Theater and danced/choreographed for many pop artists.
Ranardo has modeled for Felissimo magazine; appeared in articles in the Tuesday, November 28, 2006 issue of Metro Times, "A Chorus Line Meets Gym Workout at NYSC" and Thursday, November 23rd issue of The New York Times, "Three Ways to Burn Up Those Holiday Calories" for his dance workshop based on the hit musical, A Chorus Line; and was a featured guest on the WB 11 Morning Show, Truly Julie, showcasing his choreography and dance workshop based on the hit musical, Sweet Charity.
Ranardo, AFAA certified, has many years’ experience as a top fitness instructor and master dance teacher. He has taught dance and strength training at New York Sports Clubs/TSI, where he also presented Master Class workshops such as Chicago, Sweet Charity, and A Chorus Line dance workouts, and at Equinox. He has taught Master Class workshops in Urban Fusion® in New York City; Afro-Latin-Funk at American Express' New York Corporate headquarters; and Contemporary Ballet at Marygrove College and the Detroit Windsor Dance Theater. Ranardo was Director of Dance at NYC’s Morris High School, where he staged and choreographed Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story and Little Shop of Horrors.
His dance company, VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, is an ethnically diverse company committed to presenting cross-cultural contemporary ballet works in artistically excellent concert dance performances to a wide range of communities; building new dance audiences; provoking thought and educating by creating and performing works which explore the human experience. VISIONS can be enjoyed by audiences of any age. The company has been presented by Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center in Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival/”Dancing the Single Life” and PEEKS/Works in Progress; Dixon Place in Under Exposed and Moving Men; American Cancer Society; Fertile Ground at Green Space; The Wassaic Project Summer Festival; Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance/BAAD in Boogie Down Bronx, Out Like That and BlakTino Performance Series; Forward Motion Theater as part of the L.I.C. Arts Open Festival in ReVision; The Field/Lower Manhattan Cultural Council/Harlem Arts Alliance's Uptown/Downtown WIP series at Dance Theatre of Harlem and Chen Dance Center; The Field and Abrons Arts in the Fall Fielday Performance at Abrons Arts Center Henry Street Settlement and The Flea Theater in “Dance Conversations;” NYSC at Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall; and has performed at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Roy Arias Theater, the Kabbalah Center and others.