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Collaboration with Jon Moody

Collaboration with Jon Moody

An artist/athlete and a dancer/choreographer join artistic forces to create a unique collaboration for The Black Iris Project

Grant Funding Recipients

Grant Funding Recipients

The Black Iris Project has received grant funding for its initial season from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New Music USA and CUNY Dance Initiative

Introducing The BIP's 2016 Collaborators

Introducing The BIP's 2016 Collaborators

The Black Iris Project is proud to introduce it's inaugural season artistic collaborators!


Founder and Artistic Director of The Black Iris Project, Jeremy McQueen is an award-winning emerging choreographer. A 2013 recipient of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s Choreographers of Color Award and two-time finalist of the Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence, McQueen’s work has appeared at Jacob’s Pillow Dance’s Inside/Out series (in 2012 & 2013), Dancers Responding to AIDS’ Fire Island Dance Festival, the Young Choreographer’s Festival, and more. McQueen has appeared in the Broadway National Tours of Wicked and The Color Purple, in addition to the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Die Fledermaus, Aida, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Don Giovanni. McQueen currently teaches ballet for ABT and Ailey’s educational outreach programs. A graduate of The Ailey School/Fordham University B.F.A Program, he’s trained as a scholarship recipient with American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.



Montana is a theatre designer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. His grandmother, a lampshade artisan, inspired an early fascination with fabric, color, and beauty. Montana is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M. Oboe Performance), Oberlin College (B.A. History), Brown University (M.A. Public Humanities), and the Yale School of Drama (M.F.A. Design). Prior to attending Yale, he was the Robert L. Tobin Curatorial Fellow at the McNayArt Museum in San Antonio, Texas. Montana designed the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' WAR, The Visit, The Winter's Tale, Kate Tarker'sTHUNDERBODIES, and a number of shows at the Yale Cabaret. He is the inaugural recipient of the Fellowship for the Study of the Public History of Slavery (Brown), the Presidential Public Service Fellowship (Yale), and the Donald & Zorka Oenslager Scholarship for Stage Design. 



Lauren is a San Francisco born, New York-based philanthropist, dancer, instructor and choreographer.  As founder and director of Humans Collective, a dance, philanthropy & art company, Lauren has partnered with the New York dance community to help support the higher education of children from the Rock Orphanage in Hyderabad, India.  Dance Spirit Magazine refers to Humans Collective as "Dance Philanthropy at its Finest". Lauren started her dance career at the age of 7, competing nationally as a Rhythmic Gymnast and since then has studied and performed in Hip-Hop, Street Jazz, Ballet, Jazz/Contemporary, Samba/Afro-Brazilian, Haitian Cultural Dances and Improvisation.  She has appeared on The View, Saturday Night Live, America's Got Talent and performed with Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Joey Yung (Hong Kong) and many more. Her choreography has been showcased in venues around New York such as Ailey Citigroup Theater, Symphony Space, Broadway Dance Center, Joffrey Ballet School, Funkbox NYC and Broadway Underground at BB Kings in Times Square. With a strong family background, Lauren strives to be a positive influence to the world around her by bringing people together and to experience fully the gifts she has been blessed with.



Pianist, Aaron Diehl, is one of the most sought after jazz virtuosos, consistently playing with what The New York Times describes as "melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint." Diehl's meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations, and compositions are a leading force in today's generation of jazz contemporaries, spearheading a distinct union of traditional and fresh artistry. Diehl's new album on Mack Avenue Records, Space, Time, Continuum, emphasizes the artistic collaborations between generations. Establishing the jazz language as a continuum uniting artists, the album includes performances by NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson (tenor saxophone) and Duke Ellington Orchestra alumnus Joe Temperley (baritone saxophone), alongside Diehl's other established trio—Quincy Davis (drums) and David Wong (bass). The majority of the album consists of Diehl's original compositions. The title track, featuring vocalist Charenee Wade, was co-written by Cécile McLorinSalvant.

Aaron Diehl is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Kenny Barron, Eric Reed, and OxanaYablonskaya. Residing in Harlem, he enjoys spending time in the sky when he isn't on tour or recording.



Alan is based in New York and has had the pleasure of casting light on, and in some cases creating the environment for, the following shows: Regional: Stagger Lee [world premiere], The Mountaintop (Dallas Theatre Center); Fingersmith [world premiere] (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Deathtrap, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Berkshire Theatre Group); The Piano Lesson, A Delicate Balance (Yale Rep); Acis & Galatea (Madison Opera); Carmen (Tri-Cities Opera); Suor Angelica & Curlew River (Simpson Opera). Off & Off-Off-Broadway: Bones in the Basket (Araca Project); Son of a Gun (Theatre Row); The King's Whore (Walkerspace); Holding It Down (Harlem Stage); lllmatic (Urban Stages); Carnaval (National Black Theatre); The Tempest, Dutchman (Classical Theatre of Harlem). He received his MFA in design from the Yale School of Drama in 2011 and had the wonderful opportunity to work as the associate to Jennifer Tipton on The Testament of Mary on Broadway in 2013.



As an Artist and Athlete Moody uses his abilities to provoke thought while aiming to break the myth that one is either an athlete or artist. Through artistic expression he bring awareness to social, economical and worldly issues. Jon Moody's goal is to inspire not only other athletes, but everyone to become global ambassadors for change.





Born in Lorain, Ohio and growing up in nearby Elyria, Carman Moore earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at Ohio State University before moving to New York City, where he studied composition privately with Hall Overton and at the Juilliard School with Luciano Berio and Vincent Persichetti where he earned his Masters Degree with distinction. Moore then began composing for symphony and chamber ensembles while writing lyrics for pop songs, gradually adding opera, theatre, dance and film scores to his body of work. Carman Moore has received commissions from the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Well-known as a composer for dance, Carman Moore served from 1986-1995 as Master Composer and Co-director of the American Dance Festival's Young Choreographers and Composers Residency Program.  Among his scores for dance are Goddess of the Waters, choreographed by Alvin Ailey for the Ballet Company of La Scala;  Memories for Anna Sokolow ; Salon for Garth Fagan; and Lunar Transformations for Cleo Parker Robinson, among others.



Jermaine Terry (Washington, DC) began his dance training in Kissimmee at James Dance Center. He graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida, where he received scholarships for excellence in performance and choreography. Mr. Terry was a scholarship student at The Ailey School and a member of Ailey II, and he has performed with Buglisi Dance Theatre, Arch Dance, Dance Iquail!, and Philadanco!. Mr. Terry joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2010. Based out of NY for the past decade, Mr. Terry is an emerging costume and special occasions designer. He has designed and built costumes for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Philadanco!, Jessica Lang Dance, Dance Iquail!, Waheed Works and Eleone Dance Theater to name a few. His evening wear designs have been featured in The New York Times style section.

Project Launch

Project Launch

Choreographer Jeremy McQueen unveils The Black Iris Project: A ballet collective where Black lives become works of art