Mervin Primeaux, Assistant Director

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[custom_frame_right][/custom_frame_right] Mervin Primeaux, is deaf, a native of Lafayette, LA, who graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with an Associate of Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography.

He began his training at the Moving South School of Performing Arts. He later moved to Washington DC to attend the Model Secondary for the Deaf (MSSD), where he attained outstanding credentials in its world-renowned performing arts program. As part of his training at the MSSD, he participated in extended dance training programs with the Alvin Ailey School, Dance Theater of Harlem (including mentors Suzanne Farrell and Yola Rozynek), the Maryland Youth Ballet Dance intensive program, and Penn Visions Dance Company.

An award winning deaf artist, he has won the African American Deaf Banquet Outstanding Performance Award, Rainbow Alliance for the Deaf (GLBT) Award, and Special Arts Olympic for the Disabilities Award. Also he was involved in an independent film, “If You Could Hear My Own Tune” as a bartender directed by a renowned African American Deaf female,  Jade Bryan. He has enjoyed working with many choreographers and has performed with Philadanco Dance Company, Pentimeto International Dance Company, Wild Zappers (African American Deaf Dance), and the Deaf Way II festival.

He is currently a member of Quest/ Wings Company as an Assistant Director, a visual theater group that performs mimes and travels the world. He has performed theater pieces including, ‘Alice’, having main characters (Butler/Father/White Rabbit) and traveled to countries such as Hong Kong, Japan, Senegal, and many more. He is also a member of Edgeworks Dance Theater, in his second season. He recently performed at The Kennedy Center Millennium stage 2009 (Progressing Journey/Playground) 2010 (Trigger) and performed at Dance New Amsterdam at NYC. With his tremendous dance experiences, he carries his talent into teaching at Joe’s Movement Emporium.

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