Black Friday!! Black Dance is Spreading!!

Welcome to “Black Friday” where we highlight the beauty, strength and athleticism of black dancers, choreographers, and dance companies. We hope that this effort will shine a light on the beauty and diversity of dance.

“Black Dance is Beautiful”

Well, we are excited for the week to come. After months (even years) of planning, The Black Dance Is Beautiful Festival ( is happening. We wanted to highlight a local talent you will experience during the festival in this issue of “Black Friday.”

James Gilmer, Cincinnati Ballet

James Gilmer, soloist Cincinnati Ballet
James Gilmer, Soloist, Cincinnati Ballet

We are honored to have Soloist James Gilmer, Cincinnati Ballet, performing for us during the Black Dance Is Beautiful Festival. James Gilmer attended the Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School before joining Cincinnati Ballet as part of the Second Company. Gilmer has been promoted each year: to Apprentice in 2012, Corps de Ballet for the 13-14 50th Anniversary Season and Soloist for the 15-16 Season.

“Dance is my passion,” says Gilmer. “It is when I can totally express myself.”

He choreographed a piece, Current, for the 2015 Inaugural Choreography Workshop at Cincinnati Ballet, which was danced by members of the Second Company. This summer he danced in Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, a contemporary ballet company in San Francisco. Recently, James was in New York City to perform fellow Cincinnati Ballet dancer Jake Casey’s “Recursus” at the Reverb Dance Festival.

Cincinnati Ballet - James Gilmer 1(1)

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