JHD II — (Our Trainee Company)
Duwane Pendarvis is an experienced vocalist, dancer, educator, teacher, choreographer, model, poet, actor and commercial artist who majored in Voice and minored in Commercial Art at Tougaloo College (Private United Negro College), Tougaloo, Mississippi.
Mr. Pendarvis is a Principal Senior Company Member of the world acclaimed Chicago-based Joel Hall Dancers & Center, where he teaches ballet, jazz, modern (Horton based) dance, performance workshop classes and choreographs a professional end of the year dance concert for children and adults; also Artistic Director of Joel Hall Dancers II (second company) since its 2001 inception.
His professional travels and experiences have taken him across the United States, Europe and the former Soviet Union. Duwane, in 1991, toured with the National Touring Company of Sesame Street Live; 1992 received three grants, one of which enabled his professional choreographic debut with Mississippi Ballet, Jackson, MS; 1992-1999, Dance and Drama Director for Department of Parks and Recreation, Jackson, MS; 1997, Headliner (actor, emcee, singer dancer) at Isle of Capri, Off-Broadway production of “A Legendary Review, also taught dance and choreography for Mississippi School for the Blind; Founder/Artistic Director of Duwane Pendarvis & Company in 2001, debut at Harold Washington Library, sponsored in part by a grant from Illinois Arts Council; 2002, two commissioned choreographic works for Black Catholics National Convention, also taught ballet, jazz, modern (Horton based) dance at Dr. King Jr. College Preparatory High School, Chicago, IL; 2003/2004/2005, nominated for Black Theater Alliance Award.
Mr. Pendarvis continues to encourage, teach, train and inspire young people to strive for excellence and always challenge one’s self to reach his or her fullest potential. Life Motto: “Feel the Spirit, Share the Experience (the Power of Love).”