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About Shaness...

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 freelance dancer, choreographer and dance educator and an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Umfundalai Certified in 2013, Kemp has taught at various institutions, festivals and intensives. She has also trained and performed 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 continues to be presented nationally and internationally; most recently presenting at the 2020 37th annual Choreographer's Showcase where she tied with another choreographer for the Audience Choice award, the 2019 International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference as a choreographer and in the 2019 Women In Dance Leadership Conference as a performer and instructor. 

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