Craig D. Black Jr. (Rehearsal Director, he/they) began dancing at South Bay Dance Center at the age of ten. In 2011 he received his BFA from The Juilliard School where he was awarded the 2010 Princess Grace Award in Dance. He has received additional training at summer programs such as Springboard Danse Montréal, Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow (2011 Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence). He joined HSDC in the fall of 2017 after finishing six seasons with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. He has had the pleasure of dancing works by Kyle Abraham, Aszure Barton, Jirí Kylián, Jorma Elo, Cayetano Soto Ramirez, William Forsythe, Alejandro Cerrudo, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Robyn Mineko-Williams, Nacho Duato, and Peter Chu along with many others. He has taught and choreographed for many schools and studios throughout the U.S. as well as co-choreographed and rehearsal directed for Cardi B and Offset’s 2019 BET Awards performance. In addition, he is certified to teach IMAGE TECH for Dancers™ introductory level through advanced level and serves as guest faculty for the HSDC main company, Hubbard Street Professional Program, Steps on Broadway, Peridance Center, The Joffrey Academy, New York City Dance Alliance and Dupree Dance.