DAMANI POMPEY is a native of Brooklyn, NY. He had studied Shotokan karate for ten years before receiving his second degree black belt at age thirteen. Pompey attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Dance, graduating with The Stefanie Silverman Award under the direction of Michelle Mathesius. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance as an Adopt-a-Dancer in 2012, minoring in Arts Management. Pompey is currently an interdisciplinary artist; working as a movement educator, freelance lighting designer, movement artist, and choreographer based in New York City. Pompey has performed repertory by Paul Taylor, Yvonne Rainer, Kanji Segawa, Crystal Pite, Pedro Ruiz, Nathan Trice, Ronald K. Brown, Colleen Thomas, Pat Catterson and Sarah Mettin amongst others. He has been commissioned for work at The Metropolitan Ballet Company (Philadelphia), The Harlem Stage Gatehouse, MoveNYC at Gibney Dance, Montclair High School (New Jersey), Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, and was also commissioned to present an evening length work for DLab Dance Company (Shanghai, China) in September 2014. He has also presented work at The American Dance Guild. Two of Pompey's choreographed solos, "Felt" and "Whim" were awarded and recognized by the NFAA's YoungArts regional competition in January 2016. In 2017, Pompey worked with VR/TV/Film and is now the choreographer and movement director for HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness. Other credits include The Ummah Chroma, AlJazeera, and Big Vision Creative. He is the current resident choreographer at MVMT Productions and also choreographer and movement coordinator for music artists, Gabriel Garzón-Montano and Harry McNally. He is currently finishing his first movement-based short film and is premiering a new work, “SAMARITAN” this Summer 2019, in collaboration with Studio INI & A/D/O supported by Mini/BMW. Pompey is the recipient of Kaatsbaan’s 2020 Spring Upstream Residency Award.
Pompey has designed lighting for music artist, Madelin, The Martha Graham School, LaGuardia High School, Desmond Richardson, Ellenore Scott, Peter Chu, Loni Landon and the Coleman Collective amongst others. He was also the Assistant Lighting Designer and Stage Manager for LaGuardia High School's Dance Department's 2016 Winter Dance Showcase. Pompey has experience as a stagehand for the Martha Graham Dance Company, under the direction of Stacey-Jo Marine. He was also the lighting designer and technical director for the show, "Invisible Cities" in Shanghai, China (2014). He has designed lights for over 60 projects in Purchase College's Dance Theater Lab.