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Keerati Jinakunwiphat ’16

Keerati Jinakunwiphat ’16 has been a member of A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham ’00 since 2016.

Jinakunwiphat, a Thai-American dancer and choreographer, made history in 2023 when the New York City Ballet (NYBC) presented her work Fortuitous Ash set to the music of Pulitzer- and Grammy-winning composer Du Yun as part of their 21st Century Choreography Program.

The Princess Grace Foundation awarded her a Princess Grace Award for Choreography in 2023.

Jinakunwiphat first worked with NYBC assisting Abraham, then participated in the New York Choreographic Institute’s Fall Session 2021, the result of which was Impeccable Quake, also set to music by Yun.

A second NYCI working session in the summer of 2022 led up to Fortuitous Ash, her first commission for the New York City Ballet stage.

As a freelance choreographer, Keerati has presented choreographic works at the American Dance Guild Festival, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, Battery Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Festival, the Joyce Theater, and New Victory Dance.

She has been commissioned to set and create works on the Evanston Dance Ensemble, the Martha Graham School, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, Houston Contemporary Dance Company, New England Ballet Theatre, and our own Conservatory of Dance students.

Jinakunwiphat was named one of 25 to Watch in 2021 by Dance Magazine.

At Purchase, she was a recipient of the Adopt-A-Dancer Scholarship.

She also studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Springboard Danse Montreal.