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Swamp Dance Fest! 2019 (Guest Artists for Swamp Dance Fest! 2020 will be announced soon!)
Trent D. Williams, Jr.
Director

Trent D. Williams, Jr., a native Houstonian received his MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from The Florida State University and BA in Psychology from Morehouse College. He has been a guest artist with Tallahassee Ballet in Tallahassee, FL, EDGEWORKS Dance Theatre in Washington, DC and Urban Souls Dance Company in Houston, Texas. While at Morehouse College, he worked with choreographers such as Nicole Wesley, jhon stronks, Ivan Pulinkala, Darla Johnson and Wayne Smith as a member of the Spelman Dance Theatre. Additionally, Mr. Williams has performed alongside Destiny’s Child, 112, and Janelle Monae among others. In 2007, Mr. Williams was invited to dance with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). In addition, he has performed works by choreographers like Liz Lerman, Gerri Houlihan, Jawole Zollar, Anjali Austin, and Michael Foley. Mr. Williams’ choreography has been performed by Dayton Contemporary Second Company, Texas Tech University, Towson University, University of Trinidad & Tobago, Coker College Dance Company, Urban Souls Dance Company, and has been showcased at The American Dance Festival, The American College Dance Festival, The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, The Dance Gallery in Huntsville, Texas, and Kennedy Center: Millennium Stage. Mr. Williams has served as a faculty member at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Trinidad & Tobago, Howard Community College, and Johns Hopkins Estellle Dennis/ Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys.

Swamp Dance Fest! 2019 (Guest Artists for Swamp Dance Fest! 2020 will be announced soon!)
Davalois Fearon

Critically-acclaimed dancer, teacher, and choreographer Davalois Fearon has been lauded by colleagues as “unapologetic” and by critics as “electrifying.” She is one of Dance Magazine’s seven Up-and-coming Black Artists to Have on Your Radar, and was born in Jamaica and raised in the Bronx, NY. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Davalois Fearon Dance, a company with a mission that pushes both artistic and social boundaries. Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, on Broadway at the New Victory Theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the world-renowned Joyce Theater. She has been commissioned to create new work by Pentacle, Harlem Stage, and The Bronx Museum.

Fearon is a member of the Joyce Theater's Young Leaders Circle Artist Committee and received a Bessie Award as a performer in “Platform 2016: the skeleton architecture, or the future of our world's” curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. She has been featured in notable publications such as  The New York Times, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, The New Yorker among others. She has received awards from Bronx Council on the Arts, Groundworks Hudson Valley and The MuKha Arts & Science Foundation among others. Fearon is the recipient of the Mabou Mines Suite/Space Residency, Restorations Arts Choreoquest residency, and is an Alvin Ailey New Dance Directions Choreography Lab fellow. Fearon earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2016 and a BFA from Purchase College the same year she joined the Stephen Petronio Company, where she performed with for 12 years.   

Photo credit: Carol Dragon

Swamp Dance Fest! 2019 (Guest Artists for Swamp Dance Fest! 2020 will be announced soon!)
A'Keitha Carey

A’Keitha Carey is a Bahamian artist, educator and scholar. She developed the dance technique CaribFunk, a fusion of Afro‐Caribbean, ballet, modern, and fitness principles and rooted in Africanist and Euro-American aesthetics and expressions. She received her B.A. in Dance from Florida International University and an M.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University. She also holds a Certificate in Women's Studies from Texas Woman’s University and is currently pursuing a Certificate in African and African Diaspora Studies at Florida International University. She researches Caribbean spaces, locating movements that are indigenous, contemporary, and fusion based and investigates how Caribbean cultural performance (Bahamian Junkanoo, Trinidadian Carnival, and Jamaican Dancehall) can be viewed as praxis.

A’Keitha has written about her dance technique CaribFunk in multiple peer reviewed journals and is featured in several book chapters. Her most recent book publications are: Escape Routes and Roots to Freedom: Rewriting the Narrative of The Vulgar Body; CaribFunk Technique: A New Feminist/Womanist Futuristic Technology in Black Dance Studies in Higher Education in the United States; and Roots and Culture: Exploring Caribbean Music and Dance in the Classroom. She has taught in K-12 serving as the Department Chair of the Enrichment Program and the Performing Arts Teacher at Indian Ridge Middle School in Davie, Florida (2017-2018) and in Higher Education, serving as dance faculty for several universities across the country. She was previously the Vice President of Operations at Cultural Connections by Design, a Diversity Education Consulting Company. A’Keitha was an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus and Barry University’s PACE—School of Professional & Career Education and is currently teaching at Broward College. She is a member of Olujimi Dance Theatre in Miami, Florida and teaches Zumba and Hip Hop at several 24 Hour Fitness gyms in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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