Shayla-Vie Jenkins is a performer, teacher, and maker whose current research explores race, presence and liberation. She received her BFA from the Fordham/Ailey program under the mentorship of Denise Jefferson and Ana Marie Forsythe.
Shayla-Vie spent a decade performing with the internationally touring Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. During her tenure, the company received two ensemble New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies) for Chapel Chapter (2007) at Harlem Stage and for the “Outstanding Revival” of D-Man In The Waters (2013) at The Joyce Theater. She has taught masterclasses and workshops for the company and also serves as a répétiteur, restaging some of Bill T. Jones’s most notable works. She was featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” performers (2008). Shayla-Vie has worked with many incredible artists, including Yara Travieso, Ni'Ja Whitson, Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration (Night of 100 Solos), Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born’s Sitting on a Man’s Head, and Yvonne Rainer’s Part of Some Sextets. She has presented work in New York City at Harlem Stage, Joe’s Pub, Judson Church and New York University. Shayla-Vie regularly teaches at The American Dance Festival and NYU’s Summer Dance Intensive. She can currently be seen in two virtual performances for the 2020 Fringe Festival with multidisciplinary artists James Allister Sprang and David Gordon.