Florida Ballet: Apprentice, Guest
Dance Theatre of Harlem’s “Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble”
Savery Morgan started his training at the age of 16 in Jacksonville, Florida. He received intense training from Jacksonville Centre of the Arts (JCA) under the direction of Kezia Rolle. While training at JCA, he attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts where he was a member of the tap ensemble and dance theater. Training at the two institutes equipped Mr. Morgan with an amazing amount of performance experience which he always refers to when he performs. Shortly after graduating, he was offered an apprenticeship with Laurie Byrd, the director of Florida Ballet in Jacksonville, Florida. As an apprentice with the Florida Ballet he performed in ballets such as Taming of the Shrew and Dracula. In the summer of 2004, Mr. Morgan was offered a contract with the Dance Theater of Harlem’s “Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble.” Under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, he began to experience Neo-classical ballet by great choreographers such as George Balanchine, Robert Garland, and Arthur Mitchell. Dancing with the ensemble allowed him to perform around the nation and inform different audiences about the art of dance. Morgan made his first appearance with Dance Theatre of Harlem in Washington DC in Dialogues, choreographed by Glen Tetley, and South African Suite, choreographed by Arthur Mitchell. While living in New York, NY, Mr. Morgan was appointed to the role of artistic director for Footprint Dance in Jamaica, NY. He was also a part of the artistic development team for Dance Space in Hempstead, NY.
After one season with the “Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble,” Mr. Morgan was offered a contract by Nena Gilreath and Waverly Lucas II, co-founders of Ballethnic Dance Company in Atlanta, GA. He made his debut with the company in the Urban Nutcracker as the Urban Gardener and the Leader of the Radiant Russian dancers in 2005. He premiered as the Nutcracker and as the Chocolatire in 2007. He was a part of Dr. Maya Angelou’s 80th Birthday Celebration, where he performed Waltz Tango, choreographed by Waverly Lucas II. Mr. Morgan continues to perform in productions such as Epiphany I and II, Jazzy Sleeping Beauty, The Leopard Tales, and as Will Parish in Pearl Cleague’s Flyin’ West: The Ballet.
Mr. Morgan continues to make appearances as a guest artist with the Florida Ballet of Jacksonville; as the cavalier with the Greensboro Ballet in Greensboro, NC; as the Arabian soloist with the First Coast Nutcracker; and in many regional and national companies around the US. He is a guest instructor for many academies and pre-professional institutes around the nation. Mr. Morgan and his business partner Dewitt Cooper III are celebrating their 11th year serving as co-founders and directors of Jacksonville Florida’s CooperMorgan Dance. Each year, the two Jacksonville natives host a summer intensive catering to young local and international artists of dance. The summer intensive kick-off is followed by a professional concert and award ceremony featuring local professional and pre-professional artists of the Jacksonville dance community. Shortly after the Jacksonville intensive, the companies head west to encourage other young artists in the capital city of Tallahassee, FL.
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