Calvin A. Rollins II
Calvin A. Rollins II (he/him/his), a Dallas, Texas native, began dancing at age eight for a church dance group and continued with the Dance Contemporary Arts Society. He attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. 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 pursued his dance studies at Southern Methodist University and graduated with a B.F.A. During this time, he worked as a teaching artist at Big Thought and numerous community engagement programs. Afterwards, he moved to New York City, where he began working with The Fresh Air Fund in teaching and administration roles. Rollins is currently the Community Education Programs Manager, on the faculty at the Mark Morris Dance Group, and a certified Pilates Mat and Apparatus instructor.