Kamille King

Kamille King
pronouns she/her

Educator, Choreographer, Arts Liaison, Assistant Director of Usaama Dance Company, and Artistic Director of Montclair High School Dance Company, originally from New Jersey, began her dance training at the age of 11, at the Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts. At the age of 17, she joined theUsaamaDance Company under the direction of Karen Love. She later continued her training at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she studied with Mark Davis, Roger Blum, Susan Waltner, and Donna Meija. While at Smith, she received a scholarship to train at the Urban Bush Women Summer Intensive in 2007.

In 2008, Kamille received her bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from Smith College. She also created a Special Studies while in the Dance Department that explored three generations of women, as well as performing classic repertory works from Mark Morris, Mark Allen Davis, Donna Meija, and many more. After college, she pursued a career of service and teaching at Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA). From 2008 to 2015, King was a SMAPA teaching artist in residence, working as a dance teacher in collaboration with the Newark Public Schools, East Orange School District, and the Montclair Public Schools. In 2013, Kamille joined the Umoja Dance Company as an African and contemporary dancer. She also serves as the Assistant Director for the pre-professional company of Umoja called Usaama Dance Company.

In 2016, she received her Certificate of Eligibility to teach full-time in the Newark Public Schools and currently teaches at Speedway Academies. That same year, she was selected to premiere work in the Emerging Artist of Jersey Moves (New) Moves for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and accepted the position as director of Montclair High School Dance Company. Kamille is also a Hollins University Dance MFA Candidate, class of 2019. She plans to continue her service as a crafter and creator of movement, an educator and advocate for arts in education programming, and a believer in the power of dance.