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Visiting Artist

A native new yorker from the bronx, Maleek Washington is a performer, choreographer, and teaching artist. Maleek began his dance training at Harlem School of the Arts, Broadway Dance Center, and Laguardia High School for the Performing Arts, and attended the Boston Conservatory on a full scholarship before beginning his professional career with Citydance Ensemble (Washington, DC). Upon his return to New York City, Maleek collaborated with MacArthur Genius awardee Kyle Abraham and his company for four seasons before becoming the first African-American male to perform in the critically acclaimed immersive show Punch Drunk’s Sleep No More. Maleek has choreographed for rap legend nas’ 2022 “Big Nas Master Class” commercial and video and also performed for musical sensations, such as Sia, Phish & Rihanna.

Maleek was part of NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar live and performed with Camille A. Brown and dancers in the 2018 ted talk conference in Vancouver. Maleek has been a member of Camille A. Brown and Dancers for 5 seasons having the opportunity to work on shows like the grammy-winning Porgy and Bess of the Metropolitan Opera as an assistant choreographer, Spike Lee's Mont Blanc commercial as assistant choreographer, and Camille’s Alvin Ailey piece entitled City of Rain. Maleek was recently the assistant choreographer to Camille A. Brown at the Metropolitan Opera for her directorial debut for "Fire Shut Up In My Bones," which made history for being the first opera composed by Terrance Blanchard, an African American man.

Maleek’s performance talent has been recognized nationally at prestigious venues, such as the White House, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theater, and the Apollo Theater. With multidisciplinary, experiential performance works that investigate the people, practices, and spaces shaping Washington’s black identity, Maleek is proud to have been commissioned by renowned presenting organizations, such as New York Live Arts/Fresh Tracks program, Gibney, Movement Research at Judson Church, and Pepatian/BAAD! and internationally in Australia, Jordan, Mexico, and Sweden. In addition to his performance and choreographic career, Maleek is a sought after national and international teaching artist at Broadway Dance Center, move|nyc|, Joffrey Ballet Cchool, Laguardia High School for the Performing Arts, and Brent Street in Australia; Maleek was a guest choreographer and adjunct professor at University of the Arts for fall 2019 and Bard University 2020.

Maleek is honored to be a 2022 Princess Grace award winner in choreography, 2021 Bessie nominee as an emerging choreographer, and to have co-curated the 2019 Bronx APAP Dance Festival at Hostos.

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