Wyoming Arts Council

Jamal, Tebay, win 2007 fellowships

Kema Jamal and Jodeen Tebay are the recipients of the 2007 performing arts fellowships in dance and theatre performance. They each will receive a $3,000 award from the Wyoming Arts Council.

Wyoming native Kema Jamal began dancing when she was four years old. After attending college in San Diego, she studied dance with Katherine Dunham at Southern Illinois University and danced with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in New York City. She has performed in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. Her most recent project melds music, dialogue and dance. Now a Cheyenne resident, Kema has been accepted for the 2007-2008 Wyoming Arts Council artists’ roster.

Jodeen Tebay of Jackson began dancing in Parkersburg, West Virginia, with the Schrader Youth Ballet Co. In 1990, she was recipient of the West Virginia Governor’s Award in Dance. She studied under Velma Schrader, Duncan Noble, Keith Lee, Milton Meyer, Cynthia Riesteror and Barbara Bashaw. Jodeen teaches dance at schools in the Jackson Hole area. She is an original member of Contemporary Dance Wyoming.

The judge for this year’s competition was Jane Slusarski-Harris, who directs the dance program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

For more information about WAC fellowships programs, contact Michael Shay, 307-777-5234, or e-mail mshay@state.wy.us.

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