Kent Dance Ensemble Welcomes Guest Artist Shaness Kemp

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome guest artist Shaness Kemp to Kent State for a residency Jan. 30 – Feb. 4, 2019. During her residency, Kemp will set a piece on members of the Kent Dance Ensemble which will then be performed at KDE's annual concert in April.

Shaness Kemp is a native of Nassau, Bahamas and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Temple University. She is a certified Umfundalai teacher and has taught at various institutions, festivals and intensives. She has trained with several notable artists and professional dance companies, including Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Kariamu &Company: Traditions, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Eleone Dance Theatre, Philadanco! The Philadelphia Dance Company, Urban Bush Women, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Rennie Harris Puremovement, The Katherine Dunham Seminar and The American Dance Festival. She was the 2015-2016 recipient of the Ellen Forman Memorial Award and her work has been presented nationally and internationally. Shaness was an original member of the Clothesline Muse Theatre production and performed at its premiere at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia in 2014. She is a freelance dancer, choreographer and dance educator and is excited about working with the students and faculty of Kent State.

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POSTED: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 12:07am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:55pm