Antuan Byers (Dallas, Tx) recently graduated cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program with departmental honors in Dance. He holds a Certificate of Fashion from the Parsons School of Design and is an alumnus of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), under the direction of Lily Weiss. He has performed with BTWHSPVA’s Repertory Dance Ensembles I and II where he danced in contemporary works by Dwight Rhoden, Andy Noble, Takehiro Ueyama, Adam Hougland, Larry Keigwin, Orion Duckstein, Bridget L. Moore and Troy Powell. Antuan was a member of Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Junior Company under the direction of Nycole Ray, and HappyNIA Dance Theater under the direction of Derique Whiturs. He was also a dancer with Dallas Ballet Company where he danced soloist and principal roles in The Nutcracker and Coppelia, and the principal role of Jeanne de Brienne in Raymonda.
To supplement his training, Antuan has attended summer workshops at the School at Jacob’s Pillow in the Contemporary Program, KEIGWIN + Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Northwest Dance Project, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Perry-Mansfield, Point Park University and with Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE Dance Company, all with partial or full scholarship. Additionally, Antuan has attended winter workshops with both Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and KEIGWIN + Company.
Antuan has been a guest teacher around United States at notable institutions such as Dallas Black Dance Theatre, DBDT: Encore!, Dallas Ballet Company, The Ailey School, The Washington Ballet and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, among others. He has also been on faculty in the Ailey School’s Junior Division as a teacher’s assistant for their boys program. He has assisted and demonstrated for many of the Jacob’s Pillow auditions as well as for master teacher’s such as Donna Wood-Sanders, Sarita Allen, and Milton Myers. In 2015, Antuan was selected to become an Ambassador for Joyce Theater in Chelsea, New York. He has also worked as a intern for Sidra Bell Dance New York, and a production intern for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater before being promoted to the position of Company Management Assistant.
Antuan has been fortunate enough to dance alongside Grammy Award Winner, Erykah Badu, Tony Award Winners, Jennifer Holliday and Melba Moore, the Metropolitan Opera singer, Harolyn Blackwell and Tony Award Nominee, Felicia P. Fields. Antuan has also been featured in New York Magazine, Dazed Digital, and Tribeca Film as a dancer in Erik Madigan-Heck’s “The Enemy,” with choreography by Elena Vazintaris. In addition, Antuan performed as both a dancer and choreographer in the music video “Bury Me” by The Skins featuring D.R.A.M. In addition to his work with his dance company, The Antuan Byers Project, he has also been commissioned to create works around country for stage as well as TV/Film, including a segment on the hit TV series, Project Runway.
In his senior year of college, while apprenticing with Ailey II, Antuan performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet under the direction of Joseph Fritz in a new production of “Guillaume Tell,” choreographed by Kim Brandstrup, as well as“AIDA,” choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, “Carmen,” choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, and “The Merry Widow,” choreographed by Susan Stroman. He was also dancer with the Washington National Opera Ballet in their production of “Champion,” choreographed by Sean Curran at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Antuan has also performed as a guest artist with KEIGWIN + Company for the Park Avenue Armory’s 2015 “Gilded” Gala as well as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for both their Lincoln Center and City Center Opening Night Gala’s, as well as a special project with the Park Avenue Armory with choreography by Matthew Rushing.
Antuan is a recipient of Dance Honors from the Ailey School and Fordham University, the Professional Advancement Award in Dance from the School at Jacob’s Pillow, a two time Dance Council of North Texas Scholarship recipient, a Heart of a Dancer Scholarship Recipient from Dallas Ballet Company, a Regional Dance of America scholarship recipient for the Southwest Region, a Beth Young scholarship recipient from Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE Dance Company, and is a proud Thompson and Knight Scholar.
Antuan is currently touring internationally with Ailey II, the second company to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as well as a dancer in Nick Cave’s “The Let Go” at the Park Avenue Armory.
Antuan is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Antuan Byers Project.
Photos in order of appearance by Alizah Marie Wilson, Nicki Bosch, and Steven Vanderveldon.
Homepage photo by John Camino.