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Dancing While Black Co-Director

Marguerite Hemmings

Marguerite Hemmings

Marguerite Hemmings, performance artist and educator, is Jamaican born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Columbia University in Education and Urban Studies. Marguerite is a movement improviser that specializes in street and social dance styles, referencing her belief in social dance practices as a real time embodying of liberation, reparation, and social change.


Marguerite is also a youth worker who has been subverting, working, and creating with youth as a teaching artist for a very long time. She’s received grants from the Jerome Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Harlem Stage, University Settlement, and Dancing While Black to further her work as an artist/youth organizer. She is most recently a recipient of the 2017-18 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Fellowship, and through that, also the Projecting All Voices Fellowship at ASU. As a performer, she, along with 19 other comrades, is a 2017 recipient of the Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer in Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s Skeleton Architecture. As a choreographer, writer, and video artist she is working on a self-directed, multimedia endeavor called we free - a project that looks at the millennial approach to liberation and reparation through its music, social dance and social media.

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