Kareem Lewis

“Allowing your body to be a vessel for expression, that’s what drew me specifically to classical ballet”

Mr. Lewis received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Ballet Pedagogy from the University of Hartford, Hartt School of Dance. During his time at the conservatory, he trained in select styles and techniques which included Limón, Graham, and Contemporary Dance forms, as well as Character and Partnering. His primary teachers include Stephen Pier, Nina Watt, Miki O’hara and Hilda Morales. In addition to his training, he’s had the opportunity to perform contemporary work by Takehiro Ueyama, Norbert de La Cruz, Viktor Plotnikov and Gemma Bond. And classical repertoire by Jose Limón, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, George Balanchine, and Harald Lander.

In 2015 Mr. Lewis performed as a featured soloist at the José Limón International Dance festival at The Joyce Theater, alongside being nominated for the Dizzy Feet Foundation scholarship the same year. Furthermore, he’s had the privilege of being offered a guest artist position with New York Theatre Ballet, a chamber ballet company in New York City dedicated to the principles of the Cecchetti-Diaghilev tradition.

Before joining Phillips Academy as a full-time Instructor in the Theater and Dance Department 2022, Mr. Lewis performed and toured with Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah, a company that performs and preserves historical modern dance classics, in addition to representing the scope and diversity of modern dance, past and present. During his tenure with RDT, he had the opportunity to perform works by Lar Lubovitch, Donald McKayle, and Mitcho Ito. His teaching experiences include Utah Valley University, Broadway Center for Dance, and Tanner Dance, University Of Utah.

At PA Mr. Lewis oversees all Dance as a Sport offerings within the athletics programming. He also teaches Choreographic elements, Introduction to Dance, and choreographs for the Theatre& Dance Department musicals.

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