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Shamel Pitts – Project | CONNECT


Shamel Pitts received his formative dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music& Art and the Performing Arts, the Ailey School and the Julliard School.  At Julliard, he received a BFA in Dance and the Martha Hill Award For Excellence In Dance.

Shamel began his professional dance career with BJM_Danse Montreal, Sidra Bell Dance New York, and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance before joining Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin 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 The Young Ensemble.

Shamel has been a guest faculty for Movement Invention Project, SPRINGBOARD DANSE MONTREAL, Netherlands Dance Theater Summer Intensive, SUNY Purchase, and The Juilliard School Summer Intensive.

Shamel created a poetic dance performance entitled, BLACK BOX: Little Black Book Of RED. This work has been performed in many spaces/galleries in Israel since 2015 and was presented by Batsheva DanceCompany’s for “BATSHEVA HOST” in February 2016. BLACK BOX has also toured to Brazil, Berlin and New York.

Upon leaving Batsheva in August 2016, Shamel has collaborated in the creation of several performance art works including A Herzliya Museum Of ContemporaryArt 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 to create the award winning duet, BLACK VELVET: Architectures And Archetypes, with Brazilian performance artist, Mirelle Martins.

Shamel has currently premiered his final work in the triptych, BLACK HOLE: Trilogy And Triathlon, in Berlin, Bulgariaand The Israel Museum.

 Shamel is a former artist in residence at Harvard University and an adjunct professor at The Juilliard School. He is also performing with Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s L-E-V Dance Company and is staging Ohad Naharin’s repertory on many companies around the world.