Initial PGF Award: Dance Fellowship, 1994
Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Mr. Griffin received his dance training from San Francisco Ballet School. In 1993, he became the first student from the school´s outreach program to join the San Francisco Ballet Company. Mr. Griffin joined the Dance Theater of Harlem in 2001 as a soloist and was later promoted to principal. He is now a principal dancer with The Joffrey Ballet. He has danced leading roles in Fancy Free, Agon, Stars and Stripes, Prodigal Son, and St. Louis Woman. He has created many world premieres with choreographers such as Val Caniparoil, James Kudelka, Stanton Welch, Christopher Wheeldon, and Mark Morris. Mr. Griffin has also danced in works choreographed by Helgi Tomasson, Lew Christensen, Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, Anges deMille, Arthur Mitchell, Lila York, and Antony Tudor.