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Shamar Rooks and New Ballet

Shamar is an Artist skilled in Jookin’ and other Urban dance forms who instructs students through various New Ballet satellite locations, working closely with the young men from the Orange Mound Community program. He performs with New Ballet in the Hip Hop version of Dying Swan and as a Hunter in Peter and the Wolf throughout Memphis City Schools. Shamar also performs in the popular Hip Hop to Africa: the Roots of Urban Danceperformance and appeared in the Opera Memphis production of Aida. A graduate of Southwest TN College, Shamar believes in community service and is a volunteer mentor to young men from Orange Mound who dance, in addition to his professional duties at New Ballet.


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