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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, as a means to synthesize kinesthetic stories that will resonate in a way that is socially relevant, empathetic, and impactful.

O’Meally has been chosen as a Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow and currently the first performance artist in dance and choreography to participate in the nine-month residency program based in Washington, DC. O’Meally is also Dance Place’s 2017-18 New Releases Commissioned Artist and a 2018-19 Joe’s Movement Emporium NextLOOK Artist. He pursues this work as the Creative Artistic Director of Tariq Darrell+the UNUM Dance Collective. 

As a dancer & choreographer, O’Meally has worked and performed with Johnnie Cruise Mercer, the Red Project NYC, Ashani Dances, and others. He has presented his work at the John F. Kennedy Center, The Clarice Smith 34th & 35th Annual Choreographer's Showcase, Mid-Atlantic North Gala at the American College Dance Association and Richmond Dance Festival. As an educator, he has taught at Hollins University, Coppin State University, and Morgan State University, in addition to presenting as guest lecturer at the National Gallery of Art. He currently holds a BFA in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University.