George Randolph has over 35 years of international dance performance and education experience in Canada, Europe, and the U.S. His expertise has been leveraged as an adjudicator for many dance festivals across Canada and was appointed to Dance Ontario’s board of directors. In 2010, George was selected to appear on the Ontario Black History Society’s poster commemorating Black History Month. In early 2011, George co-founded Show Choir Canada, which produces Canada’s only national show choir competition and was chronicled in the 2013 TVO documentary Unsung. Also in 2011, George was instrumental in establishing a recreational performing arts program for youth at the Stardust Academy in Amman, Jordan.
Currently, George is President of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, which he founded in 1992 and through which he continues to nurture Canada’s performing arts talent. The academy’s unique post-secondary Triple Threat® program trains aspiring performers for careers in stage, TV, and film. Graduates have gone on directly to pursue master’s degrees at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Alumni can also be found on Broadway, West End, Shaw, Stratford, and Mirvish stages, and include Sergio Trujillo (choreographer, Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys and Memphis), Paul Nolan (“Jesus”, Stratford Festival, Jesus Christ Superstar), and Tara Young (Artistic Director, Cirque du Soleil, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour).
From 1985 to 1992, George presided over the Randolph Dance Theatre, the leading professional dance studio in Canada. There, he developed an exceptional resident and guest dance faculty culled from local and international talent. His studio attracted world-class dancers as well as prominent choreographers in musical theatre, jazz, and hip-hop.
During this time, George also produced and directed four international dance extravaganzas, The T.O. Hot Shoe Show, at Toronto’s O’Keefe Centre (now The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts). The shows featured prima ballerinas Karen Kain and Evelyn Hart; members of the New York City Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Desrosiers Dance Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, and the American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov; and a finale choreographed by Tony Award winner Michael Peters (Dreamgirls, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Beat It videos).
As well as choreographing numerous videos, commercials, and feature films, George was the assistant dance coach for Whoopi Goldberg and Gerard Depardieu in the Norman Jewison-directed film Bogus. His own acting credits include supporting roles in Foreign Nights, a Toronto International Film Festival selection, and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, directed by George Clooney. He also appeared as a principal actor in Deacons for Defense opposite Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and the late iconic actor/civil rights activist Ossie Davis.
During the summer of 1984, George represented the U.S. as a Professor of Jazz at the world renowned Internationale Academie De Danse in Cannes, France. During this time, he also appeared as a guest soloist at Paris’ famed Le Lido cabaret club.
George first came to Canada in 1980 as a principal dancer with Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. He performed with the company for two years, touring four continents. There he worked with one of Canada’s most respected contemporary choreographers, Brian Macdonald.
From 1977 to 1980, George was a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, performing at New York’s Carnegie Hall and City Center. He had the privilege of being coached by Alvin Ailey on the ballet Hard Times Blues, which Ailey also choreographed. George also worked with choreographer Talley Beatty, a protégé of modern dance innovator Katherine Dunham.
Born and raised in Red Bank, NJ, the home of Count Basie, George received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hampton University, Hampton, VA, where he was a member of the Military Honor Society.