Shamel Pitts
  • Male
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • United States

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Dance, Poetry, Perfromance Art
Shamel was born in Brooklyn New York. He began his dance training at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and continued, simultaneously, at The Ailey School. Shamel then went on to receive his BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and began his professional dance career with BJM_Danse Montreal and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance. Shamel continued his career with Batsheva Dance Company for 7 years.
He is a teacher of Gaga, the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, and has taught for both Batsheva Dance Company and Ensemble. Shamel has been on faculty for Movement Invention Project in NYC under the direction of Alexandra Wells. He has also been on faculty and a guest teacher at Netherlands Dance Theater Summer Intensive, SUNY Purchase, and The Juilliard School. Shamel created a poetic dance performance installation entitled, BLACK BOX: Little Black Book Of RED.
This work has been performed in many spaces/galleries in Israel since 2015 and was presented for “BATSHEVA HOST” In February 2016.
BLACK BOX has also toured to Brazil in 2015.
Upon leaving Batsheva in August 2016,
Shamel has collaborated in the creation of several performative art works including
a Herzliya Museum Of Contemporary Art Commission Of:
“Black, White, And RED”
with Installation Artist Orly Sever and Light Artist Tom Love.
In September 2016, Shamel moved briefly to Brazil to teach Gaga classes around the country, as well as creating a duet with Brazilian Performer, Mirelle Martins, entitled: BLACK VELVET.
Shamel is currently a guest artist with Sharon Eyal and Gai Bachar’s LEV Dance.

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