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On April 20, 2016

Maleek Washington

MALEEK WASHINGTON was born in the Bronx, New York. At seven years old, he was introduced to dance at Broadway Dance Center, where he started his training under the legendary Frank Hatchett. After a couple of years, Maleek joined Harlem School of the Arts and attended Laguardia High School for Performing Arts simultaneously, where he was able to explore additional techniques such as African, Graham and Horton. During his four years of training at the “Fame” school, he was awarded scholarships to train at The Ailey School and Dance Theater of Harlem. After graduating, Maleek continued his education at The Boston Conservatory while performing with the Commonwealth Ballet and working with Complexions.

Maleek began his Professional career in 2008 when he joined CityDance Ensemble, a repertory company that toured to over 8 countries. For 3 seasons, Maleek performed works by Paul Taylor (Last Look) Larry Keigwin’s (Mattress Suites) and Kate Weare’s (Drop Down). Wanting to expand his movement vocabulary, Maleek attended Jacob’s Pillow for 2 consecutive years where Mr. Washington was able to interact with choreographers such as Azure Barton and Helen Pickett. In the summers of 2010-2013 Maleek attended SpringBoard Danse Montreal, where he participated in workshops guided by companies as diverse as Rubberbandance and William Forsyth. From this experience, he eventually joined Jose Novas’s Company Flak. Maleek joined Company Flak during a creation process of Diptych that would later go on European tours to Paris and Copenhagen.

In 2012, Mr. Washington became a dancer with McArthur Genius Award recipient, Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director of Abraham.in.Motion. During his three seasons with A/I/M, Maleek has additionally collaborated with 2012 Princess Grace Winner, Loni Landon, Cindy Salgado (of Kidd Pivot) and Bryan Arias a dancer and choreographer from Netherlands Dance Theater. Most recently Mr. Washington worked at The Metropolitan Opera in Die Flaudermaus.

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