About Edward

Edward Franklin, more simply known as "E," took his first dance class in high school as a means to avoid PE.  Under the watchful eye of teacher Cindy Herman, the dance studio became his second home, his talents manifested.  Upon graduation he traveled to Spain as a performer in the Barcelona Olympics' Opening Ceremonies.  Moving to New York City, he received full tuition/board scholarships to the Ailey School and the Joffrey Ballet, while also the recipient of the prestigious Donna Wood Award.  Through dance, "E" has performed on major stages throughout the world including South Africa, Greece, China, Peru, Brazil, Canada, Germany, France, Denmark, Holland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Portugal and Russia, memorably including the final performance before closing of the "old" Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.  He is grateful to have served as a principal dancer and soloist with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, PhilaDanco, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, the Oakland Ballet, Wylliams Henry Dance along with many other notable companies. 

Franklin is an equally passionate teacher known for his ability to connect with and inspire students while instilling strong technique.  As an instructor, national and international master class teacher, visiting artist, and guest choreographer, "E" is proud of his multi-faceted approach for pushing students to the highest level of artistry and technique. He ensures their connection with the music, enhances their knowledge of theater dynamics, and strives that they impact their audience on a deep level.  As a dancer for some of the world’s finest choreographers Edward draws from over 20 years of top level training and performance.  He heavily combines this immense experience with his innate love of movement to give all dancers, whether professional, pre-professional or passionate hobbyists, a rich growth experience.

I’ve known Edward since he was an emerging dancer taking my classes in New York. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing his artistry evolve brilliantly with Philadanco, Ailey, Deeply Rooted and Complexions. Some dancers dance, others are poets. Edward Franklin is indeed a poet.
— Kevin Iega Jeff Choreographer, Director, Cultural Community Builder Co-Founder/Artistic Director, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

Professional Experience:

COMPANIES:  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater • Philadanco • Complexions Contemporary Ballet • Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Theater • Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company •Deeply Rooted Dance Theater • Oakland Ballet • Hawaii Ballet Theater •  Eyawo Dance Theater • Manga African Dance Company • White Wave Rising Dance Company • Big League Productions • Harrison Dance Company

CHOREOGRAPHERS:  Judih Jamison • Redha Benteifour • George Faison • Ronald K. Brown • Bill T. Jones • Debbie Allen • Diane McIntyre • Hope Boykin • Benoit Swan Pouffer • Dwight Rhoden • Louis Johnson • Kevin Iega Jeff • Geoffrey Holder • Gary Abbott •Princess Mhoon • Hope Clarke • Leni Wyllliams • Young Soon Kim • Earl Mosley • Mary Pat Henry • Gary Harrison