John E. Roberts

    John, born on July 31, 1995, has been dancing since the age of six years old. He is the only child of Johnna Roberts, his mother. He loves and enjoys the dancing styles of Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Tap, and many others. He has been trained at COCA, the Center of Creative Arts which is located in St. Louis, Missouri. He has trained at this facility for more than eleven years. St. Louis is also where John was born and raised.  Within his training, John has worked with profound professionals of the dance world. Some of these professionals include but are not limited to: Antonio Douthit -Boyd, Alicia Graf-Mack, and Kirven Douthit-Boyd, all from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Christopher Page-Sanders from the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and Co- Artistic Director of Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre, Rolando Yaines, Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Ballet, Jessica Taylor, Founder and Director of DAMAGED Dance Company, River North Dance Chicago, Alonzo King, Artistic Director of the LINES Ballet Company, Gary Abbott Co- Artistic Director and Founder of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, DanceWORKS Chicago and many more. John has also been a part of 2 pre-professional Companies within his training. These companies were Ballet Eclectica, a contemporary and classical ballet company and COCADance, a contemporary, jazz, and modern company.  John has also participated in Musical Theater shows at COCA through the FOX Charitable Foundation. Some of these shows include Legally Blonde the Musical, AIDA the musical, In the Heights the musical, Suessical the Musical, Ragtime the Musical, and many others. John has also done some commercial work as well. Some of those jobs include but are not limited to: Quixotic and an AD campaign for LG TV, The Kansas City PLAZA Lighting Ceremony, broadcasted to over 1 million people, and the list goes on.  John has graduated from North County Technical High School with a High School Diploma, Missouri State Cosmetology CA License and is now currently a graduate of the  Class of 2017 Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (BFA)  in Dance Program at the University of Missouri Kansas-City (UMKC) Conservatory with an emphasis in Dance Performance and Choreography. While at this prestigious institution, John has participated in countless faculty Fall and Spring Concerts at the Conservatory and has been granted countless outside experience. Some of which, but are not limited to Performing “Memoria”, a ballet performed by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. John performed side by side with the Company at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the fall of 2014. Proceeding his graduation in May of 2017, John was a first company ensemble member and spent 6 seasons of being in the National/International, world renowned, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble located and based in Denver, CO. John now is a freelance artist ; choreographing and dancing all over the world.

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