Maurya Kerr / by Alyssa Gunsolus

Maurya Kerr danced with Alonzo King LINES Ballet from 1994-2006. She is on faculty with the LINES Ballet Education Programs and conducts residencies nationally as a visiting guest artist with BODYTRAFFIC, Hollins University, University of Minnesota, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and The School at Jacob's Pillow. Maurya is the director and choreographer of tinypistol. tinypistol has received numerous grants and awards including a 2011 Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition award, a 2012 CHIME grant, a University of Minnesota 2014/15 Cowles Visiting Artist grant, and selection to Whim W’Him’s 2015 Choreographic Shindig. Maurya’s work has been commissioned and presented by Axis Dance Company, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, WestWave Dance Festival, The San Francisco International Arts Festival, and the Black Choreographers Festival, among others. She is currently an ODC artist-in-residence.