Jamar Roberts was the resident choreographer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2019-2022 where he also danced as a company member from 2002-2021. Roberts has made five works on the company, all to critical acclaim: Members Don’t Get Weary (December 2016), Ode (December 2019), A Jam Session for Troubling Times (December 2020), Holding Space (May 2021), and In A Sentimental Mood (2022). He has also set his work entitled Gemeos on Ailey II. He 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. He has been commissioned by the Vail Dance Festival, the Juilliard School Dance Division for both live and virtual works, and New York City Ballet. In the fall of 2020 the March on Washington Film Festival invited him to create a dance on film tribute to the honorable John Lewis. Other highlights include New York City Center’s 2020 Virtual Fall for Dance Festival and Works and Process at the Guggenheim as a Virtual Commissioned artist where he created the acclaimed short work on film entitled Cooped. His latest creation on film at Works and Process at the Guggenheim entitled A Chronicle of a Pivot at a Point in Time premiered on film in the summer of 2021 and will be restaged for a live performance in the spring of 2022. Jamar 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 LA 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. His first narrative ballet, Resurrection, premiered at San Francisco Ballet in January 2023 followed by his new work, Lineage, created on L.A. Dance Project. He returns to BalletX to create a world premiere debuting at Vail Dance Festival on August 7, 2023.