Ballet Blog: Jarrell Hamilton

What better way to start off 2020 than with a contemporary workshop with Jarrell Hamilton?

Jarrell’s dance career and background in contemporary dance is beyond impressive.  Her impressive background reads like a who’s who of the contemporary dance world (click here for her live oak bio).  And even if names like Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre don’t ring a bell, maybe these will:  Alicia Keys.  Arcade Fire.  Voodoo Festival.  Yes, Live Oak Family.  Jarrell is kind of a big deal.

Click here to learn more about Jarrell’s upcoming Contemporary Dance Workshop, starting January 10 for four consecutive Fridays at Live Oak Dance.  Don’t miss this opportunity to start off the new year by nurturing yourself, body and soul.

Contact us for more information or to sign up.

Q: Could you tell us a bit about your training and career and how they’ve influenced you as a teacher?

My training began at an after school ballet program at a private school I attended down the street from the family home. That program then led me to programs such as NORD/NOBA Center for dance, NOCCA/Riverfront, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and ultimately Southern Methodist University and Tulane University where I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Choreography.  I have to mention that the family social gatherings was part of my training as a dancer/choreographer as well. Teaching came natural to me, due to the fact that my mom is a teacher, it was already in my DNA. All of these experiences taught me how to listen to my students’ bodies (mind/body/soul) and then respond accordingly. 

Q: What’s your favorite thing about teaching?

Watching my students process the movement vocabulary and evolve as artist rather than dancers- there is a difference. 

 Q: What interests do you have outside of dance?

Cooking and Friday night dinner dates with my daughter. 

 Q: What’s been your favorite moment as an artist?

The day my daughter LeAnna was born. 

 Q: Any quick words of advice to your students?

Try to ENJOY the process. Be authentic. Embrace new movement vocabulary. Persistence will take you further sometimes, more than mere talent, either way ….KEEP GOING!