Associate Artistic Director & Ballethnic Academy of Dance Artistic Director
Savery Morgan, a native of Jacksonville, FL, is passionate about building community through the art of dance. For over 12 years, he has worked to implement and integrate the art into the neighborhoods of Jacksonville and Atlanta through various programs with Ballethnic Dance Company, Florida Ballet of Jacksonville and the Ritz LaVilla Museum and Theater.
Mr. Morgan trained at Jacksonville Centre of the Arts under the direction of Kezia Hendrix-Rolle, while attending Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He accepted his first apprenticeship with The Florida Ballet Dance Company under the director of the late Mrs. Laurie Byrd. During his time with these organizations, he was involved in many community performances, assisted in open community workshops and volunteered for several of Jacksonville’s children’s camps around the city. He learned and witnessed how dance can invoke change and uplift spirits to those who need direction and the inspiration to succeed.
After dancing in Jacksonville, Mr. Morgan moved to New York City and joined Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Breaking Barriers Ensemble. Performing in and around Manhattan. Mr. Morgan fell in love with performing and found his passion in using dance as a vehicle to connect to the community. The audiences reacted enthusiastically to the different dance styles, and he was delighted to have the opportunity to educate diverse audiences about the art of dance.
After his experience at Dance Theatre of Harlem, Mr. Morgan received a contract with Ballethnic Dance Company of Atlanta, Georgia. His new directors, Nena Gilreath, and Waverly T. Lucas II, served as his mentors regarding community development and the art of dance education for varying generations. While at Ballethnic Dance Company, he worked on partnering with the Atlanta Public School curriculum incorporating dance education, in an effort to improve reading and mathematics scores in Fulton County. He has performed with different southeast dance company’s as a guest artist and is certified in the ABT National Curriculum through level 3.
This is his third year with the Florida Ballet of Jacksonville and he is currently Community Outreach Coordinator working with underserved youth. He is excited to return to Atlanta Georgia as the new Associate Artistic director for Ballethnic Dance Company starting summer 2019.