DMB|#dbdanceproject is a collective of artists committed to the process of socio-political artistic collaboration and exploration. Utilizing an eclectic combination of various movement styles stemming from her experience in concert dance and theatre, Dawn Marie Bazemore creates work inspired by the human experience. These artists exhibit a level of vulnerability and curiosity that enables them to push boundaries and create space for viewers to fully immerse themselves in the performative experience.
Dawn Marie Bazemore is a Philadelphia based dance artist and educator. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Rowan University and has served as an Artist in Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. Dawn Marie is a former member of Philadanco and has also performed featured roles in Broadway and regional musical theatre productions. Her performance of Strange Fruit, choreographed by the late Dr. Pearl Primus, is currently on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Dawn Marie has been commissioned to choreograph for Philadanco and Nimbus Dance Works and has made work for her own collective Dawn Marie Bazemore|#dbdanceproject. In 2018, she was selected to be a Jacob’s Pillow Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellow and is currently the 2019 Dance Visions Artist in Residence at the Performance Garage. Dawn Marie’s creative work tackles the socio-political concerns of the communities to which she identifies, which she has also addressed in her essay Dance and Activism: The Practice and Impact of Sociopolitical Concert Dance published in the online journal The Dancer-Citizen.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Dawn Marie trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Academy East and the Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn. She is a graduate of the NYC High School for the Performing Arts and has earned a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Hollins University. Dawn Marie has been awarded the Helen Tamiris award for Excellence in Dance and the 2018 ACHI Magazine Inc. Trailblazer of the Year award.