Jewanda Lanier is a native of Dallas, Ga, and a proud graduate of Point Park University. She began dancing at the age of 5 at her preschool and then continued her training at Cobb Community Dance Theatre. Once reaching 7th grade, she decided to further her studies at Georgia Dance Conservatory. While there, Jewanda was cast as the Gold Jewel in Sleeping Beauty, one of the 4 Little Swans in Swan Lake, and Polichinelle in Nutcracker for 2 years, to name a few. Prior to attending Point Park, Jewanda performed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Monumental Celebration in D.C., with choreography by T. Lang. In this work, she portrayed the youngest of the four little girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. This piece was also shared for the Tribute to Joseph E. Lowry’s 92nd birthday celebration at the MLK International Chapel in Atlanta, Ga alongside Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker, Tyler Perry, and various known celebrities. While studying at Point Park, Jewanda has had the pleasure of working with and performing works by Jim Cooney, Helen Simoneau, Mark Burrell, Kiesha Lalama, Ruben Graciani, and many other artists of numerous styles. She also was given the opportunity to perform for The Children’s Hospital’s 125th year celebration. After graduation, Jewanda was cast as Lisa in the musical Mamma Mia! for Royal Caribbean, as well as entertaining through their theatrical display of Blue Planet. In addition to Mamma Mia!, other musicals Jewanda has been a part of include Footloose (Wendy Jo), Fame (Carmen Diaz), and Legally Blonde (Greek Chorus). Outside of dance, Jewanda has been sighted competing on some pageant stages, receiving the titles of Miss North Georgia State Fair, Miss Blairsville, and Cobb’s Talented Miss to name a few. Jewanda is excited for the opportunity to share her joy of dance in her first season with Ballethnic.