Meet the Faculty: Kameron Saunders

Kameron N. Saunders was born in St. Louis, MO. He is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City with his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. He graduated from Metro Academic & Classical High School while doing his dance training at COCA (Center of Creative Arts). There he studied ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and choreography as a part of their Pre-Professional Program. Kameron is currently a principal dancer with Afriky Lolo, a West-African dance company in St. Louis, MO under the direction of Diadie Bathily. He has also performed as a guest artist with Störling Dance Theater in Kansas City. Kameron has worked with renowned artists such as Alicia Graf Mack, Anthony Redd Williams, Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Sally Bliss, Christine O’Neal, Kirk Peterson, Michael Uthoff, Jon Lehrer, Kate Skarpetowska, Kirven J. Douthit-Boyd, Edgar Anido, Ray Mercer, Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Gary Abbott, DeeAnna Hiett, Lara Teeter, Lee Nolting, Frank Chaves, and Ron K. Brown. Kameron has choreographed for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Washington University, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, The Big Muddy Dance Company, Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, MADCO, Owen/Cox Dance Group, and COCA. Kameron has presented several of his works at festivals including Modern Night at the Folly in Kansas City, APAP in New York City, Spring to Dance in St. Louis, and Deeply Rooted Dance Company’s Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase in Chicago. In the spring of 2011, Kameron entered the National Society of Arts and Letters “Art of the Solo” choreography competition where his work ‘Runner’ won first place locally and fifth place nationally. He has also choreographed for Tony award-winning actor Ken Page for his original play for dance, Sublime Intimacy, which premiered in December of 2015. In January of 2017, Kameron started his own project-based dance company, Kambré Contemporary Dance Company. Most recently Kameron was one of four selected choreographers to create brand new works for New Dance Partners festival in Kansas City in partnership with Johnson County Community College. In addition, he has returned to COCA to teach dance and now serves as the student company Rehearsal Director to former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater principal dancers, Antonio and Kirven Douthit-Boyd.