"In the cast of the Disney musical for close to 11 years, Mercer knows that maintaining optimum health is essential to survive the two hours and 30 minutes, eight shows a week. It’s a test of stamina and artistry."
BROADWAY BARES: TAKE OFF FLIES HIGH AND BEATS RECORDS
"The naughty number, choreographed by Ray Mercer, left everyone so breathless the cast needed airline oxygen masks to breathe as they performed in the not-always-upright but definitely locked position."
RAY MERCER PUTS ALL THE RIGHT MOVES INTO "PURE MOTION" FOR BCEFA
"I've always been inspired by things that touch the human spirit. Things that make people feel emotions such as love, fear, anger, etc. I also like to create pieces that deal with social issues. I love to make people talk and I always want the audience to leave feeling something."
CHOREOGRAPHER RAY MERCER TALKS WORKING WITH DCDC
"The piece is about being tossed around — physically, spiritually and emotionally, as we humans go through life and deal with obstructions."
RAY MERCER'S CIRCLE OF DANCE
"I do eight shows a week, so on Monday morning I would take a 6 a.m. train and arrive about 9:30. We'd rehearse for 14 hours and take the last train back at 3 a.m. and ready for work on Tuesday's evening's show. I was doing that for 10 weeks."
RAY MERCER: ADVOCATE
"I hope that my legacy will be one of pure artistry. That they will recognize my work for the way that it touches the human spirit. I am constantly challenging myself to produce good work that inspires and entertains!"
THATGIRL006 CATCHES UP WITH DANCER/CHOREOGRAPHER RAY MERCER
"Over the past six years, we have continued to be inspired by Ray and his work. Needless to say, he has been moving and grooving nonstop both on and off the stage."
BC/EFA TO HOST PURE MOTION BENEFIT FROM CHOREOGRAPHER RAY MERCER
"The prolific choreographer will present some of New York's most promising dancers in seven contemporary pieces, including one premiere created especially for the event. The evening will provide a fitting closure to Black History Month, which is celebrated during the month of February."