Dancer, choreographer, and educator Hope Boykin (former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) returns to Lincoln Center to address educators and leaders in the arts in a keynote lecture entitled, “What Do We Do Now?“.
Hope Boykin was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She attended Howard University in Washington, DC, where she also worked with choreographer Lloyd Whitmore and his New World Dance Company. In New York City, Hope studied at The Ailey School and worked as assistant to choreographers Milton Myers and the late Talley Beatty. Hope was an original member of Complexions, and joined PHILADANCO, where she received the acclaimed “Bessie,“ a New York dance and performance award. A former member of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for 20 years, she also creates her own work. She has choreographed for numerous dance companies including Philadanco, Minnesota Dance Theater, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. In 2016, Hope presented her third work of choreography for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater called r-Evolution, Dream. In 2018, Hope had the honor to choreograph, write, and perform with New York City Ballet Principal dancer Lauren Lovette for DEMO, a project commissioned by Damian Woetzel and the Kennedy Center. Most recently, she created a work for BalletX and the Guggenheim Works and Process Virtual Commissions program. She currently leads HopeBoykinDance, whose mission includes leading young and aspiring artists to develop confidence and assurance that will be unmatched.