Hope Boykin

Two time Bessie award winner– educator, creator, mover, and motivator, Hope was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She was a three-time recipient of the American Dance Festival’s Young Tuition Scholarship and while attending Howard University in Washington, DC, continued to pursue her calling dancing with choreographer Lloyd Whitmore and his New World Dance Company. In New York City, Hope studied at The Ailey School and worked as assistant to choreographers Milton Myers and the late Talley Beatty.

Hope was an original member of Complexions, and performed with PHILADANCO. In 2020 she completed her 20th and final season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Hope continues to build on her work, as a writer; blending her words and cadence as a the foundation of her developing movement-language. She was one of six 2019-20 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Fellows. During our worlds pause due to the pandemic in early 2021, Hope received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for her own Covid Safe residency #BoykinBubble culminating in a live-stream performance at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Hope has choreographed for numerous dance company’s including Philadanco, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Minnesota Dance Theater, Ballet X, Ballet Black of London, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, and has created three works for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, along with commissions ranging from contemporary dance to ballet by Damian Woetzel, the Kennedy Center, and Vail Dance Festival. Hope has garnered much acclaim with her virtual work for Carolina Performing Arts, Guggenheim Works And Process Virtual Commissions initiative, and the National Black Theatre. As a motivator, Hope has been an annual keynote speaker for Lincoln Center Activate, a national education forum, which has included a special Weekend With Hope, a series of talks with friends and dance industry professionals, discussing crucial topics in our dance world.

Hope serves as Artistic Advisor for Dance Education for the Kennedy Center; Artistic Lead for the Kennedy Center Dance Lab (KCDL) a two-week summer dance program for high school students; Artistic Advisor for the Howard University Dance Department; Artist-In-Residence at USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance,

Hope educates and inspires our next generation of artists. As a director she premiered her work, An Evening of Hope at 92nd Street Y, to much acclaim; confirming the mission of HopeBoykinDance: leading young and aspiring artists to a secure foundation and a concrete understanding, which develops a confidence and an assurance that will be unmatched.