Rosalie O'Connor & DRA
Jamal's early dance training (Adria Wilson, Oui Geometer) were all taken to task in hometown Los Angeles under Lula Washington, who ushered him into her adult company during his late teens. Undecided about what career to pursue, Jamal began earning two degrees at Southern Methodist University in Dance Performance and TV/Radio Communications. While there, Dallas Black Dance Theater and Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet opened up their doors for replacements and guest artist gigs. Never one to leave his roots behind, Jamal continued his close ties to Lula, joining the company for various touring dates. After college, Jamal danced with Donald Byrd/theGroup, Madonna's 2001 Drowned World Tour, Complexions, and (as an aerialist and dancer) Cher's Living Proof: The Farewell Tour. Immediately thereafter, he was called back into the studio with Donald Byrd to help discover the movement for the history-making Broadway show, The Color Purple, where he spent the duration of its run as a dancer and assistant dance captain. In addition to performing in Cher dates in Vegas, Jamal continues his advocacy for educating young artists about the changing landscape of dance.
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