Jau’mair Garland (he/him)
BFA Class of 2024
Jau’mair Garland, a Black, queer movement artist hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, embarked on his dance journey at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 at the age of 13. High school nurtured his curiosity in various movement styles, with a focus on Ballet, Horton, Contemporary, Improvisation, and Hip Hop. He trained with prestigious organizations like Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh, Reed Dance 2, Dancer Theater of Harlem, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, instilling in him a deep sense of family-oriented community.
While furthering his dance education at USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, he has had the privilege of being featured in works by Micaela Taylor, Hope Boykin, Dwight Rhoden, Dani Rowe, Doug Varone, Debbie Allen and Helen Pickett. Additionally, with an interest in choreographic expression, Jau’mair has created many pieces during his time at Kaufman, including collaborating on projects for USC Kaufman’s Choreographers and Composers.
In his junior year, Jau’mair’s spontaneous spirit led him to embark on his professional career as a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, touring both nationally and internationally, and performing iconic pieces, including Alvin Ailey’s renowned Revelations. Jau’mair’s curiosity extends to exploring the intersection of movement with other mediums, particularly in his distinct approach to fashion styling.