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Amanda Morgan

County: King County




Fellowship Award for Black Artists 2023
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Amanda Morgan is from Tacoma, Washington. Amanda joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2016 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2017 and to soloist in 2022, making her the first black woman to do so in the company’s 50 year history.

In addition to her dance career, Amanda is a newly established choreographer, mentor and activist. She has choreographed for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Next Step Program, premiering her works “Pages” (2018) and “The Argument” (2019). In 2019, She was selected to be a choreographer in the Seattle International Dance Festival, and won a residency at Northwest Film Forum and Velocity Dance Center, giving her the opportunity to create her own show at Northwest Film Forum. Later in 2019, she founded her collective “The Seattle Project”, which is a platform and a network of interdisciplinary artists collaborating to create new work and dance that is accessible to the community, and uplifts BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists. In February of 2020, she had her first show “The How of It Sped” premiere at Northwest Film Forum, and in July of 2020 she created and premiered her piece “Musings” for Seattle Dance Collective’s Continuum Program. In October of 2020, Morgan made her first piece for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Digital Season, and also co-founded Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Mentorship Program. Ms. Morgan was named “25 to Watch” in Dance Magazine for the 2021 year. She also has been featured on the National Endowment for the Arts podcast in February of 2021.

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