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Insight

Tariq Darrell O'Meally is an artist searching for the power within introspection and vulnerability in the African American body.He has pursued the re-imagining of kinesthetic narratives as a means to resist and disrupt canonized stories that have perpetuated the dehumanization of marginalized groups, specifically black people. He seeks to synthesize those stories that will resonate in a way that is socially relevant, empathetic, and impactful.

Currently his work focuses on being a Contemporary dance artist striving to transition into a post-contemporary context. That is to say that if Contemporary work interacts with the fierce urgency of now; then post-contemporary exploration integrates what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen, intersecting these concepts with the vulnerability and necessity of being human.

As a choreographer, O'Meally has presented his work at the John F. Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, By The People Festival, The Clarice Smith 34th & 35th Annual Choreographer's Showcase, Mid-Atlantic North Gala at the American College Dance Association and Richmond Dance Festival.

He is the Artistic Director of Tariq Darrell+the UNUM Dance Collective, a DMV based collection of dance artist’s seeking to create doorways and windows leading to the seen and unseen; lived and living experiences of African Americans.

As an educator O'Meally has taught at the CityDance School & Conservatory, Dance Institute of Washington, Hollins University, Coppin State University, and Morgan State University, in addition to presenting as a guest lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum, and the French Embassy. O'Meally is the Founder/Director of the Dimensions Contemporary Dance Festival, which is a platform to promote, amplify, and spread the various eclectic voices of DMV contemporary dance artists of color.

O’Meally has been chosen as a 2019 Art Omi Resident Artist, as well as a 2018-2019 Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow. He also was a 2018-19 Joe’s Movement Emporium NextLOOK Artist and Dance Place’s 2017-18 New Releases Commissioned Artist. He currently holds a BFA in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University.