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Jamar Roberts is a choreographer who has made works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, LA Dance Project, Ballet X, The Juilliard Dance Division, Ailey II, New York City Center’s Fall For Dance and Vail Dance Festival, among others. Roberts is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts and the Ailey School and has danced for AAADT, Ailey II, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Roberts won the 2016 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer and has performed as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet in London and made multiple television performance appearances. In the fall of 2020 the March on Washington Film Festival invited Mr. Roberts to create a dance on film tribute to the Honorable John Lewis. Other highlights include Works & Process at the Guggenheim, where he created the acclaimed short work on film entitled Cooped, and A Chronicle of a Pivot at a Point in Time, which first premiered on film in the summer of 2021 and was restaged for a live world premiere in March of 2022. Roberts was a Director’s Fellow at NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts in the 2020-2021 season and he has also made a short film for the Los Angeles Opera entitled The First Bluebird in the Morning. He was most recently featured on the cover of Dance Magazine in June of 2021, having previously been on the cover in June 2013 and being named “25 to Watch” in 2007. Roberts is a Creative Associate at The Juilliard School.