Movers & Shapers: Shamel Pitts

By May 9, 2022Podcast

PODCAST No.134 – Shamel Pitts

Release Date: 5.9.22



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ABOUT Shamel Pitts

Shamel Pitts is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, as well as performance, conceptual, and spoken word artist. Since 2019, he is the artistic director/founder of TRIBE, a New York-based multidisciplinary arts collective which was a 2020-21 Artist-In-Residence at 92Y Harkness Dance Center. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Shamel began his dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts and, simultaneously, at The Ailey School. He received his BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and was awarded the Martha Hill Award for excellence in dance. He started his professional dance career with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance and BJM_Danse Montreal. Between 2009-2016, he was a company member of the Batsheva Dance Company, led by Ohad Naharin where he studied Gaga movement language, of which he is now a certified teacher. Since 2015, Shamel has created a triptych of award-winning multidisciplinary works known as “BLACK Series,” which has been performed and toured extensively to many festivals around the world. His recent New York projects include choreography for the play “Help” by acclaimed poet and playwright Claudia Rankine, directed by Taibi Magar, commissioned and presented by The Shed in Spring of 2022. He is the recipient of a 2018 Princess Grace Award in Choreography, a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Award winner in Choreography, and a 2020 Jacob’s Pillow artist in residence, a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, and the cast member of the 2021 Bessie Award-winning production of “The Motherboard Suite” at New York Live Arts. He is an adjunct at The Juilliard School and has been an artist in residence at Harvard University.





Laguardia High School

Julliard School

Ohad Naharin

Gaga Movement Language

“Tabula Rasa”

Springboard Danse Montreal

Alexandra Wells

Crystal Pite

Aszure Barton

Ballets Jazz Montreal

Hell’s Kitchen Dance

Batsheva Dance Company

Les Grands Ballets

“Black Box”


“Lake of Red”


Elizabeth Alexander “The Trayvon Generation”



Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping., networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.