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Jamel Gaines ’87

Jamel Gaines ’87 is founder and artistic director of Brooklyn’s JGCO, Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet—a dance company, a performing arts school, and an ambassador for the arts in the community.

“In JGCO’s view, the arts are fundamental to building bridges between cultures, encouraging people from different ethnic, religious, race, gender and age to explore their shared humanity,” reads the website

Teaching and choreographing for more than 22 years, Jamel Gaines has dedicated his career to bringing “artistic excellence and stirring, soaring performances” to a broad range of audiences as well as to “inspire, motivate and nurture dancers and artists.”

Gaines has recently choreographed performances by contestants on So You Think You Can Dance. (2010) and has worked with artists such as Jennifer Holiday, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Savion Glover, Malik Yoba, George Fasion, Ornette Coleman, Ossie Davis, Olatunje Babatunde, Max Roach, Cassandra Wilson, and Rick James.

Visit JGCO online.