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SC Arts Commission 2017 Dance Performance Fellow

Journy Wilkes-Davis

Jonathan TabbertBorn in Fort Hood, Texas, Journy Wilkes-Davis began his ballet training at age 14 under Shannon Greenberg and Dagoberto Nieves in Savannah, Ga. Afterwards, he danced with the Signature Dance Ensemble in Rocky Mount, N.C. Wilkes-Davis has danced with the Columbia Classical Ballet and the Columbia City Ballet, where he was promoted to principal dancer in 2012. He has performed as a guest artist with Hilton Head Dance Theatre, Coastal Ballet USA, Charleston City Ballet, Greensboro Ballet, USC Dance Company, and Montgomery Ballet.


His experience includes roles in Mark Diamond’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Paul Taylor's Company B, Balanchine’s Serenade, Lila York’s Celts, and Rick McCullough’s Triptych and Rite of Spring, among others, as well as in classics such as MajisimoSatanella, Albrecht in Giselle, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, and Snow King, Arabian and a Sugarplum Cavalier in the Nutcracker. In 2016, he and his wife Anna co-directed, choreographed, and danced in the H.E.R.O. Dance Benefit, which partnered with Columbia Music Festival Association to bring in professional dancers to support our nation’s military.