KRAIG PATTERSON was born in Trenton, New Jersey and was inspired to pursue a career in dance after performing in high school musicals under the care of Geraldine and Darlene Bryant. He continued his formal dance training via scholarships from The Princeton Ballet Society, The Ailey American Dance Center, The Martha Graham School and The Merce Cunningham School. He received his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School in 1986, joined Mark Morris Dance Group in 1987 and danced with the company until 1999. Patterson has performed with numerous other artists and companies including Mark Haim, The Danny Lewis Repertory Ensemble, Ohad Naharin, and The White Oak Dance Project, for which he has created four works since 1996. Patterson has served as artist in residence at George Mason University, Princeton University, and Barnard/Columbia Colleges among others. Patterson started his own company bopi's black sheep / dances by kraig patterson in 1996. He has also taught at The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center and The Saratoga Springs Community Center in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.