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Nathaniel Hunt inspires and thrills

Ailey II’s Nathaniel Hunt and Courtney Celeste Spears. Photo by Eduardo Patino

Nathaniel Hunt is the “senior” dancer within the group of twelve gifted dancers that form the 2016 ensemble modern dance group Ailey II. The group has just launched its spring performance schedule in their New York home. The group tours the country and the world to the delight of its many fans and patrons.

GBMNews is honored to have Kirk Shannon-Butts present a informative and fun conversation with Mr. Hunt where he shares is lifelong interest in dance. Hunt wants to share his love for dance and the professional arts with people of all walks of life. He is particularly inspired by the life of Alvin Ailey. He also credits his college professors for their influence and mentorship in his life.

Ailey II’s Nathaniel Hunt and Courtney Celeste Spears. Photo by Eduardo Patino

From his bio, Mr. Hunt states that he began his dance training at Design In Motion Dance Studio in Gambrills, MD under the guidance of Colette Cross. He graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance from Long Island University. Mr. Hunt studied as a scholarship student at The Ailey School, Earl Mosley’s Institute for the Arts, and Joffrey Ballet School.

He also attended The School at Jacob’s Pillow and Cedar Lake’s 360˚ program, and has worked with choreographers Ronald K. Brown, Hope Boykin, Earl Mosley, and Larry Keigwin. Mr. Hunt is a recipient of a Maryland Distinguished Scholar of the Arts award and the Award for Excellence in the Arts Program from the National Society of Arts and Letters. This is his second season with Ailey II.

Please listen to Nathaniel Hunt’s conversation with GBMNews’ Arts & Culture Editor, Krik Shannon-Butts