Our Enduring Artists
Steve Hasslock & Bernard Mattox
September 28-November 23, 2019
DERWIN MAY, JR.
Derwin was raised in Jackson, MS where he was introduced to performing arts at a young age. He later pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at Belhaven University studying classical ballet and contemporary where he received the Daniel award for Outstanding Achievement. During his time at Belhaven he performed several guest artist works from choreographers such as: Ryan Corriston of Doug Varone and Dancers, Vincent Hardy of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Bobby Wesner of Neos Dance Theatre. He also performed several historical works such as: 'Songs of the Disinherited' by Donald McKayle and 'Negro Spirituals' by Helen Tamiris. During his time at Belhaven he traveled to workshops and conventions where he received hiphop training by well acclaimed choreographers such as: Sean Bankhead, Ki Ki Ely, and Jungle Boogie. Derwin has used his training to offer the first adult level pre-professional and professional hiphop lessons at Epic Dance and Fitness Studio in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Derwin has also used his performing arts education to choreograph works for various social events, ministry, and outreach programs: such as the Young, Gifted, and Empowered Gala, Women Rock Awards, Autism Awareness Gala, and Shining Light Ministries. Derwin traveled to Malawi, Africa in Summer 2017 with Kinetic Etchings Dance Project to teach and perform with the African Bible College and Salama Africa Dance group. He recently finished his second season with Marigny Opera Ballet and Artivism Dance Théâtre in New Orleans, LA. He continues to grow and use his experiences as his inspiration on stage and within his choreography. Derwin is excited for what’s to come in his journey.