Randy Warshaw accidentally began dancing in 1977 while a student at Hampshire College. He quickly met Steve Paxton and began performing with him and teaching Contact Improvisation. Within his first 6 months, he met the other members of what would later become CHANNEL Z. From 1980-1987 he was a member of Trisha Brown's company in New York, creating original roles in many pieces including Set and Reset. In 1987 he left Trisha's company to found his own company, which had its debut in April of that year at Dance Theater Workshop with the premiere of Fragile Anchor. From 1987-1995 he created many works for his own company and other major companies internationally. He dissolved his company in 1995 in order to work full-time in Europe, developing his own movement training technique and teaching choreography at venues including the Internationale Tanzwochen in Vienna and at other major European festivals. He was a teaching staff member at Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker's school, PARTS, from 1997-1999.
He retired from dance in 1999 in order to return to New York and participate in the Internet revolution. Originally a member of a financial district web shop creating large-scale websites, he went on to develop the text-messaging software that connects the wireless phone companies, negotiating all SMS traffic between them. This software opened the text-messaging market in North America. Currently he is Senior Manager of Software Development at RealNetworks, in New York, where he lives with his wife Celine and their two boys Cal, 8 years old, and Ned, 5 years old.
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