Jau’mair Garland (he/him)

Pittsburgh, PA

BFA Class of 2024

Where did you train?

I began training under Trevor Miles at a local YMCA where I was introduced to creative movement and hip-hop. Later, I began competing with GMK School of Dance under Gina Silan, where I studied many genres of dance. I began my formal dance training of ballet and modern at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, which led me to joining a pre-professional company, Reed Dance II, under the artistic direction of Greer Reed. Lastly, I attended Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh under the direction of Lindsay and Steven Piper. I have also participated in summer intensives at Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

What inspires you?

I am heavily inspired by my family, current events, and professional brown dancers and creatives in the arts.

Describe yourself in three words.

Spontaneous. Driven. Attentive.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

Aside from dance, I really love to model and going shopping!

What does it mean to be a part of USC Kaufman?

Being a part of USC Kaufman is such a huge honor. It means that I have the opportunity to belong to a tight-knit family of artists from all different backgrounds and training. Also, it means I can grow in a program that is ever-evolving, thus providing me with an abundance of opportunities leading me in the right direction to a successful and diverse career.