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In Conversation with Kameron N Saunders

PUSH Dance Company is proud to present choreography by Kameron N Saunders commission by SueMo: A Dance Experience on September 29-30, 2018 for PUSHfest Program B at ODC Theater in San Francisco. 


Tell us a little bit about your dance background.

I trained at the Center of Creative Arts, or COCA, in St. Louis. I started my training very heavily in West African dance before moving to more classical forms of dance. I then went to college at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where I got my BFA in Dance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance. I have worked with renowned artists such as Camille A. Brown, Ron K. Brown, Frank Chaves, Kate Skarpetowska, Ray Mercer, Alicia Graf Mack, Antonio & Kirven Douthit-Boyd, and many others.

What can audiences look forward to seeing in your work at PUSHfest?

I think what makes my work “Weight” interesting is the heavy partnership of the movement vocabulary with the musical nuances of both selections of music. “Weight” is extremely athletic, kinetic, exciting, and I think has something for everyone. There are moments where the movement vocabulary is classical in nature particularly in the first section and abandons that energy in the second section. I think PUSHfest audiences will quite enjoy it.

What are the major sources of inspiration for your choreography?

In general, a few of my biggest inspirations for my choreography are Alonzo King, David Dawson, and William Forsythe. They can do no wrong in my eyes – their works leave nothing to be desired and I always feel so full after watching a creation of theirs. Newer choreographers like Kyle Abraham, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Camille A. Brown have also inspired my work lately.

If you hadn’t chosen this career, what might you have been doing in your life?

If I wasn’t a choreographer I’d either be a lawyer, author, or wedding planner.

What advice would you pass on to an aspiring choreographer?

Do not wait! Opportunities as a choreographer are hard to find which is why more often than not people do their own thing. Find a small group of people or friends that support your vision and start creating. Keep creating. Don’t stop creating!

Learn more: Facebook: Kameron N. Saunders Choreography or Instagram: @kamnsaunders