Dancer, Bloodline Dance Theatre
Lamont E. Joseph (he/him/his) is a New York-based choreographer best known as the Artistic Director and Founder of Bloodline Dance Theatre. While in high school, Lamont relocated to Brooklyn, NY from South Carolina to live with his Trinidadian-born father, and take advantage of the many opportunities of New York. Joseph began his dance training at Brooklyn Academy High School where he studied under legendary choreographer Kim Holmes. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Medgar Evers College of City University Of New York. In 2006, Joseph, along with members and allies of the LGBTQ community started the first chartered LGBTQ organization of Medgar Evers College. Despite several challenges such as harassment, and discrimination from several students, the organization stood firm, with members becoming more visible every year and creating a safe space for its members. Upon graduation, Joseph began his career in the arts. With the support and guidance of Melvin Fogle Black, he has danced at Forces of Nature, Something Positive, Creative Outlet, Balance Dance Theatre, Harambee American Dance Theatre, Dance Germaul Barnes Visic and the Imani Dance and Drum Ensemble. His film credits include Nike, Vitamin Water, Dominoes, Ford, and ESPN.
LAMONT E. JOSEPH
In 2011, Joseph became the Ali Forney Center Honoree for his continued work in the LGBTQ community, after which he started Fierce Roots, a collective arts vessel for dancers and emerging choreographers in Brooklyn, NY. Today, the company is comprised of five choreographers and 20 dancers creating works focusing on socio-political issues both past and present. Currently called the Bloodline Dance Theatre, his company has performed in several NYC Public Schools, The West Indian American Carnival Association, The Brooklyn Museum, at The African Spirit Awards, Brooklyn Academy of Music and at St. Paul’s Baptist Church. Currently, the company is in residency at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York. With Melvin Black as the co-Artistic Director, the company has produced several critically-acclaimed productions, such as "Theories and Apologies", which is centered around the early stages of the HIV epidemic, and the children's favorite "The Afro-Sankofa Series." He has taught dance at several New York City schools, including Medgar Evers College Prep School, Manhattan Youth, PS 292, PS 284, and PS 269. Recently, the company has started its arts and education division, which teaches different forms of art, dance, step, drumline, steel pan, stilt-walking and many other art forms to children in the tri-state area.