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Nathaniel Hunt (Glen Burnie, MD) began his dance training at Glen Burnie High School under the direction of Dianne Rosso. From her encouragement, Nathaniel continued his studies at Design In Motion Dance Studio in Gambrills, MD under the guidance of Colette Cross, and Spotlight Studio of Dance in Millersville, MD, directed by Wynette McGovern. After his high school graduation, he furthered his artistic and educational studies graduating summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance from Long Island University, Brooklyn under the direction of Dana Hash-Campbell. Nathaniel is a recipient of the Maryland Distinguished Scholar of the Arts Award, the Alvin Ailey Scholarship Award, and the Award for Excellence in the Arts Program from the National Society of Arts and Letters (in association with The Kennedy Center).
Nathaniel studied as a scholarship student at the Ailey School, Earl Mosley’s Institute for the Arts, and the Joffrey Ballet School. He also attended The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’s 360˚ Program. He has worked and performed works by Ronald K. Brown, Alexandra Damiani, Manuel Vignoulle, Larry Keigwin, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa among many others. He has performed professionally with Adaptations Dance Theater, Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance, Maria Bauman's MBDance, and has been a rehearsal director/assistant for Hope Boykin Dance. He was a member of Ailey II, the second company to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ballet Hispanico, the nation’s first and longest Latino dance organization. He has toured both domestically and internationally during his time with Ailey II and Ballet Hispanico sharing dance with diverse and underexposed communities.
As an educator and creator, Nathaniel has taught and choreographed at numerous dance studios, high schools, and collegiate institutions around the world. His guest artist teaching/residency highlights include Bucknell University, Long Island University - Brooklyn, Santa Fe College, Adaptations Dance Theater, Maui Performing Arts Academy, amidst others. His choreography was selected to be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. at the National College Dance Festival in 2012. He has had the esteemed honor in working closely with the current Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Rehearsal Director and Guest Artist, Matthew Rushing. While working with Mr. Rushing on copious projects, Nathaniel has helped in setting choreography on the students of the Ailey School as well as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
He continues to perform diverse repertory, educate aspiring dancers, and create innovative work that strives to inspire, encourage, and connect with many audiences worldwide. Nathaniel is currently an adjunct professor at Long Island University - Brooklyn teaching contemporary modern technique.
Past/Present Company Work
Director: Austin McCormick
Repetoire: A. McCormick
Director: Eduardo Vilaro
Repetoire: M. Manzanales, S. Martinez, A. L. Ochoa,
T. Perez-Salas, G.R. Sansano, P. Ruiz, E. Vilaro
Director: Troy Powell
Repertoire: A. Ailey, J. Archibald, A. Barruch, R. Battle,
J. Emile, A. Hall-Garner, R. Mercer, B-S. Pouffer, T. Powell,
D. Rhoden, K. Skarpetowska, M. Vignoulle
Past/Present Guest Artist Work
Directors: Hallie Hunt & Amelia Couture
Director: Hope Boykin
Director: Maria Bauman
Director: Earl Mosley
Repertoire: B. Brooks, C. Brown, F. DeJesus, A. Lynch,
E. Mosley, S. Willits
Choreography in order of appearance
"[untitled]" by Nathaniel Hunt
"a little unclear" by Nathaniel Hunt and Allie Gee
"Hissy Fits" by Dwight Rhoden
"So Lo" by Nathaniel Hunt
"So Lo" by Nathaniel Hunt
"in between infinite" by Ali McKeon
"Alchemies" by Adam Barruch
Video Editing: Nathaniel Hunt
Sound: "Duet for Heart and Breath" by Richard Reed Parry
Nathaniel’s contemporary class focuses on the awareness, quality, and growth of one's movement and artistic voice. It challenges dancers of all types and backgrounds to find more possibilities within themselves.
He guides dancers to access ease and fluidity, to understand that the body, as a beautiful vessel, has natural curves working in sequence with one another. Nathaniel exploits the concept of infinite cyclical energy to assist dancers, in finding the full space within and beyond the walls of one's skin and confront exhaustion.
A warm-up consists of spinal manipulation, extremity articulation, and core engagement to connect the dancers into the space. He utilizes ballet vocabulary and Horton technique to emphasize correct anatomical alignment while ensuring safety and longevity.
After the body is stretched, maximizing its full range of motion, a movement phrase is then explored challenging the dancers technically and creatively. The choreographic phrase is given as a tool to deepen specificity in execution, coordination, and memory. Class combinations derive from either one of two movement themes (1) balancing momentum and flow with heavy emphasis on transitioning through each movement or (2) reflecting and enhancing the dynamic qualities within a particular song; as a result, refining the dancer’s ear to accentuate musicality and precision.
From the beginning of every class dancers are: encouraged to find their own voice within the given material, asked to be patient and supportive with oneself, and challenged to trust their own inner flame that can never be tainted, stolen, or extinguished.
Santa Fe College
Community College of Baltimore County
North Carolina A&T University
Anne Arundel Community College
College of DuPage
Glen Ellyn, IL
Long Island University
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD
Howard County Public Schools, MD
Maui Academy of Performing Arts
Spotlight Studio of Dance
Level Dance Project
Shoreline Dance Academy
Ocean Grove, NJ
Design in Motion
Arts N Motion
Alexander Academy of Performing Arts