Dawn Marie Bazemore is a performer, choreographer and teaching artist based out of Philadelphia, PA. In 2016 she was invited to join the faculty at Rowan University in the Department of Theatre and Dance where she currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Dance. Dawn is also a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, a Teaching Artist for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Choreographer in Residence at Philadanco. She has done residencies at both Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of North Carolina School for the Arts where she has led contemporary dance classes and created work. In 2013 Dawn Marie presented her first solo work Loss: Loving Into Life at the American Dance Festival after which she was commissioned by PHILADANCO to create her new works A Movement for Five (2015) and Box Out (2017). In 2018 Dawn Marie's dance collective #dbdanceproject premiered their first full length work The Browder Project at the Performance Garage in Philadelphia.
From 1998-2009 Dawn Marie served as a principal dancer with PHILADANCO.During that time she had the opportunity to work with esteemed choreographers such as Ronald K. Brown, Bebe Miller, Dianne McIntyre, Dwight Rhoden, Camille A. Brown, Christopher Huggins, Alonzo King, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Geoffrey Holder, Elisa Monte, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Daniel Ezralow and Rennie Harris. Dawn Marie has also lent her talents to Waheed Works, the Tania Isaac Dance Project, The Fred Benjamin Dance Company and Deeply Rooted Dance Productions. After her tenure with PHILADANCO, Dawn Marie joined the cast of The First National Tour of the Color Purple dancing with the ensemble as well as understudying lead roles. She has also been featured in regional productions of Dreamgirls, Purlie, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and All Shook Up.
In 2001, Dawn Marie was selected to perform Strange Fruit, a solo choreographed by the late Dr. Pearl Primus, for the American Dance Festival’s film Dancing in the Light. This performance was aired on PBS as a part of ADF’s Emmy award winning series Free to Dance, which highlights the “important role black choreographers have played in the history of American Modern Dance.” Currently, this video is featured in the Arts section of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Dawn Marie began studying dance and voice at the Fournier-Grego Performing Arts Center. She continued her dance training at Covenant Dance Studio, Joffrey Ballet School, Ballet Academy East, Usdan Center for the Performing Arts and the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts. She was also awarded scholarships to continue training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and Dance Theater of Harlem. Dawn Marie has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hollins University. In 1994 she was selected to be a finalist in the ARTS Recognition and Talent Search has been the recipient of the Bonnie Pfeifer Evans Educational Scholarship and the Helen Tamiris Award for Excellence in Dance.
Dawn Marie was one of eight choreographers selected to participate in the 2018 Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program at Jacob's Pillow. She has been nominated for the ACHI Magazine Choreographer and Trailblazer of the Year Award and is the 2019 Dr. RJ Wallner Dance Visions Resident Artist at the Performance Garage.