Justin Kennedy, Dancer
Justin F. Kennedy hails from St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands where his passions for the performing arts were cultivated. Kennedy began his formal dance training at Wesleyan University where he earned a dual degree in dance and ethnic studies in May 2006. During his college career, Kennedy studied ballet, modern dance, dance composition, Bharatanatyam, West African Dance and Flamenco in addition to performing in several hip-hop and modern dance groups on campus. Over the last few years, he has attended various dance intensives including Barnard Summer Dance Study, Nutmeg Ballet School, the Ailey School and American Ballet Theater. Recently Kennedy attended the Jacob's Pillow Cultural Traditions Program where he studied Afro-Cuban Dance, Afro Haitian Dance, the traditional dances of the Dominican Republic and Bomba and Plena. Since moving to the Bay Area, he has danced with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet Repertory Ensemble, Alayo Dance Company and Deep Waters Dance Theater directed by Amara Tabor Smith, former associate artistic director of Urban Bush Women. As a LEAP Artist-in-Residence, Kennedy has taught Conga to students at Marshall Elementary after which he and his students performed in the 2007 Carnival parade. In addition to his work with LEAP, he also teaches hip-hop dance to high school and middle school students in the Bay Area through the Jamestown Community Center and the ODC Youth Program. He is very pleased and honored to be performing with KUNST-STOFF during its 10th anniversary.