Visiting Lecturer in Dance
Office Number: Richardson Dance Studio
Office Hours: 3:30-4pm
JERMAINE McGHEE is a versatile and charismatic educator, dancer, and choreographer. McGhee began training through the Education and Arts Enrichment program at North Carolina Dance Theatre, now Charlotte Ballet. Additionally, he was a scholarship/fellowship student at Piedmont Dance Conservatory under the direction of former ABT company member, Rebecca Massey in Kannapolis, North Carolina. McGhee auditioned for and attended the Northwest School of Visual and Performing Arts where he was honored as the 2003 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Dancer of Distinction. He also competed with B&B Dance Productions national award-winning dance team based in Charlotte. In New York McGhee trained at the Alvin Ailey School as a certificate program student, directed by Denise Jefferson. In 2018 McGhee earned the BA in Performing Arts from St. Mary’s College of California. McGhee’s performing experience in commercial and concert dance ranges from classical ballet to hip-hop and jazz funk. He is deeply committed to bridging the gap between the entertainment industry and academia. McGhee is an innovative educator who creates a learning environment where dance skills are synonymous with life skills. McGhee’s MFA in Dance: Creative Practice with a certification in Dance Stage Management has provided him the opportunity to serve as a guest artist at Lindenwood University and to write as a co-author in a new book, Meme Life the Social, Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Memetic Communication, with the communication department at Ohio Northern University. Furthermore, McGhee has recently served as the District Dance Consultant for the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Career Technical Education Program. McGhee’s graduate studies at St. Mary’s College of California paired with his professional performance background has afforded him an uncanny ability to foster an immersive, rigorous learning environment for students and professionals alike. With an interdisciplinary approach, McGhee offers an unparalleled experience in studio that promises to enrich and cultivate.
Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Practice MAY 2020 Saint Mary’s College of California Graduate with Honors/Distinction Thesis: Da Vibe Certificate: Dance Stage Management Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts MAY 2018 Saint Mary’s College of California Liberal Education for Arts Professionals
I have passion in researching the pathways where African Aesthetics are implemented into academic curriculum offering a more innovative, diverse and holistic approach towards dance in practice, unification in community, and activism in social justice.
Intermediate & Adv- Jazz II Spring 22 Intermediate & Adv- Jazz II Spring 23
PUBLICATIONS McGhee, Jermaine & Howard, Elizabeth. Meme Life: The Social, Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Memetic Communication, Chapter 8: Meme’s as a Performance Act 2021 p.149-157. McGhee, Jermaine. Da Vibe. Saint Mary's College of California, 2020.
Awards and Honors
2019 Career Transitions for Dancers Grant for Graduate Studies Art Professionals 2018 Scholarship of Distinction: St. Mary’s College of California 2018 Professional Development Grant: St. Mary’s College of California 2018 Los Angeles Valley College Dean’s List 2005 Edge Performing Arts Center Scholarship recipient 2004 Ailey School Fellowship Scholar