Maurya Kerr, Ballet
San Franciso, CA
Our unique four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program combines the acclaimed training and philosophy of LINES Ballet with Dominican’s comprehensive liberal arts education and social values. We offer serious students an unequaled opportunity to discover themselves as artists and as human beings – and to gain an excellent artistic and academic education along the way. Student dancers experience classes on both the beautiful Dominican campus in San Rafael, California and in San Francisco at the spacious studios of Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Our dance curriculum emphasizes ballet (Western classical dance) as its foundational language, complemented by extensive training in modern and other dance forms. With our direct relationship with Alonzo King, we offer students special access to the process, environment, and philosophy of one of today’s foremost choreographers.
Maurya Kerr is a bay area-based artist and the artistic director of tinypistol. Much of her work—across the disciplines of movement, language, and film—is focused on racialized people reclaiming their birthright to both wonderment and the quotidian. Maurya was a member of Alonzo King LINES Ballet for twelve years, an ODC artist-in-residence from 2015 to 2018, and holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University. Currently Maurya is core faculty with the LINES Ballet Education Programs; a co-curator of ODC Theater’s 2023 season; and the curator/coordinator of 2022 Hollins MFA Dance study in San Francisco. Maurya’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart prize, appears in multiple journals, including Magma Poetry and Tupelo Quarterly, is anthologized in “The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry,” and was recently chosen by Jericho Brown as a runner-up in Southern Humanities Review’s 2021 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize. She was a 2021/22 UC Berkeley ARC (Arts Research Center) Poetry & the Senses Fellow, and her first chapbook, MUTTOLOGY, is forthcoming with Harbor Editions in 2023. www.tinypistol.com