Dawn Marie Bazemore is a Philadelphia based performer, choreographer and dance educator. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Theatre and Dance at Rowan University and has served as a Master Lecturer/Artist in Residence at The University of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. Dawn Marie was a member of Philadanco from 1998-2009 after which she performed featured roles in The Color Purple (First Natl. Tour) and regional productions of Dreamgirls and All Shook Up. In 2001 she was selected to perform Strange Fruit, choreographed by the late Dr. Pearl Primus, for the Emmy Award winning American Dance Festival documentary Dancing in the Light. This performance is currently on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Dawn Marie has received numerous commissions to choreograph for Philadanco, and has presented her solo work at the American Dance Festival. Her ballet A Movement For Five, addressing the issues surrounding the Central Park Five recently made its NYC premier at the Joyce Theater. In 2015 her essay, Dance and Activism: The Practice and Impact of Sociopolitical Concert Dance, was published in the inaugural edition of the online journal The Dancer-Citizen. In May 2018 Dawn Marie presented her first selfproduced work, The Browder Project, for her dance collective #dbdanceproject at the Performance Garage. Since then she has been selected to be a 2018 Jacob’s Pillow Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellow and will serve as the 208-19 Dance Visions Artist in Residence at the Performance Garage. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Dawn Marie trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Academy East and the Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn. She is a graduate of the NYC High School of Performing Arts and has earned a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Hollins University. Dawn Marie has been awarded the Helen Tamiris award for Excellence in Dance and the 2018 ACHI Magazine Inc. Trailblazer of the Year award.