Calvin A. Rollins II
Calvin A. Rollins II began dancing at age eight for a church dance group and continued with the Dance Contemporary Arts Society while enrolled at the Sidney Lanier Elementary and W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy. He also attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where he performed as a member of the African Dance Ensemble and the Advanced Repertoire Dance Company I. In 2005 he was one of Ebony’s: Top Black High School Students for Seniors That Are More Than Book Smart and was a finalist in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for his performance in the West African Dance category. He was selected for a panel discussion covering the importance of arts and education at the Department of Education in Washington D.C. He became the 1st male dancer in Dallas Black Dance Theatre II and performed with the company in their 10-year anniversary performance in 2010. He continued with the company as a dance instructor. Calvin pursued his dance studies at Southern Methodist University and graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. While at SMU, he had the opportunity to perform works by choreographers from all over the world and developed a strong passion for choreography. During this time, he worked as a teaching artist for the non-profit organization Big Thought on several different projects through the Thriving Minds partnership as well as with other numerous community engagement programs. He was selected as a guest artist for Dance Council of North Texas to choreograph a Hip-Hop piece for five Dallas ISD schools to perform for the Dance Planet 17 and DISD Dance Festival. Currently, Calvin works for the Fresh Air Fund in the career awareness and summer camp programs. He is a co-teaching artist with MMDG's Arts Immersion program, teaches Boys Movement 6-8yrs and Creative Movement in partnership with City Access.