Events

Want to perform in Princeton Dance Festival but can’t take a dance course? Audition to be in a guest choreographer’s work! Students may audition for both opportunities but would only be cast in one. Both works will be performed at the Princeton Dance Festival, November 19-21, 2021.

Audition Details

Omari Wiles

Saturday, September 4 @ 1-3 p.m.
This will be a new work fusing Afrobeats and vogueing dance styles choreographed by Omari Wiles. Rehearsals are Mondays/Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 p.m. Weekly rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 8.

Justin Peck, staged by Michael Breeden

Saturday, September 4 @ 4:30-6:30 p.m.
This will be an excerpt from Justin Peck’s version of the ballet Rodeo. Rehearsals are Wednesdays/Fridays 4:30-6:30 p.m. Weekly rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 8.

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Students of all class years are welcome to audition! Advance registration is recommended.

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About the Choreographers

omari with serious expression in white tee with black hoodie

Photo courtesy Omari Wiles

Omari Wiles was born in Senegal, West Africa. His passion for dance and the arts grew over many years of watching his mother and father Olukośe Wiles and Marie Basse Wiles dance and play the drums. His parents are the founders of the Maimouna Keita School of African Dance in New York City.

Omari has trained with Ron K Brown, Assane Konte, Ephrat Asherie, The House of Mizrahi and Marie Basse-Wiles. Over the years he has trained in Contemporary, Vogue, Hip-Hop, West African, and House dance.

Omari has performed with Rashaad Newsome, John Legend, Gargon City, Wunmi, Gala, The Maimouna Keita Dance company, Ephrat Asherie Dance, Forces and most recently choreographed and performed with recording artist Jidenna at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Omari loves to cook, act, and travel during his free time, and feels deeply committed to his role as a teacher in the community. Constantly looking to expand his knowledge of African-rooted dance forms, he has found his-own voice by creating “AfrikFusion” a style that fuses traditional African dances and Afrobeat styles with House dance and Vogue. Omari received the status of Legend after 10 years of competing in the Vogue Ballroom scene in NYC.

 


michael smiling with dark short hair and black crew neck shirt

Photo courtesy Michael Breeden

Michael Breeden is a repetiteur for Tony Award winner and Resident Choreographer of the New York City Ballet Justin Peck. His stagings include works for Hong Kong Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Ballet Arizona. He danced with the Miami City Ballet for 12 seasons, where he performed soloist and principal roles in the works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Alexei Ratmansky and more. Mr. Breeden is the cohost of one of the most listened to dance podcasts on the web, ‘Conversations On Dance’. He has taught for Ballet Academy East, Mark Morris Dance Center, Ballet Tech, Yale University and many others.

 

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