Jo-Mé Dance Company Members

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Amara Dailey (Principal Dancer)

Amara Dailey is a 18 year old girl, born and raised in Boston, beginning her dancing at the very young age of four.  Amara was introduced to dance through the Roxbury Center for Performing Arts and  currently attends Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. At the age of 15 Amara began to flourish as a dancer, and this was no longer just a hobby.  Amara is a very ambitious dancer who wishes to share her heart with her audience, through dance and her voice.

Amari Grant (Principal Dancer)

Amari Grant is a 18 year old girl who grew up in the city of Boston and has been dancing almost 11 years. Amari started dancing at Stajez Dance Studio at the age of 5, continuing on to dance at Origination Culture Arts Center, where she worked with a number of instructors such as Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga. After leaving Origination she went on to Phunk Phenomenon Dance Complex to join Little Phunk directed by Reia-Briggs Connor and Kassandra Rateau. Amari’s first summer job was at the Bird Street Community Center, where she was mentored by Joe Gonzalez and May-Lisa Chandler. At this time it became clear that dance was  her passion, so joining Jo-Mé Dance Company was something she had to do, and by doing so Amari has become interested in other art styles such as Acting. Amari is currently working on creating the first dance team at Lexington High School and becoming a professional dancer.   

Courtney Epps (Principal Dancer)

Courtney Epps is 18 years old and is a dance major at the Boston Arts Academy. She started her training at the age of 7 at Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts. As an Original Member of Jo-Mé Dance Company and student at Boston Arts Academy, Courtney develops her passion for dance. Courtney would like to continue dance as a professional performer and shearing her expression through the arts.

Janaya Dailey (Principal Dancer)

Janaya Dailey is 15 years old. She currently attends Roxbury Prepatory Charter School. She was first introduced to dance at the age of 3 at the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts, where she studied tap, jazz, and hip hop.  Over the Years she has done Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, and Tennis but has always had a heart for dance.  She has attended summer class such as Boston Ballet. Inspired by Judith Jameson’s Perseverance. Dance has become more than just a hobby for Janaya it has become a passion. She plans on becoming a professional dancer and speak to the world through her dancing. 

Kayana Guity (Principal Dancer)

Kayana Guity is 17 Years old, born and raised in Boston Ma., and currently attending the Boston Arts Academy as Music Vocal performer.  She has also been dancing with Joe Gonzalez and May-Lisa Chandler for 3 Years at the Bird St Community Center, and becoming an original member of Jo-Mé Dance Company.  For her dancing is an art,and also her heart. Kayana’s love for dance has developed her as an artist and wants to continue dance alongside Voice and hopes to accomplish artistic enlighten for the future. 

Tamari Washington (Principal Dancer)
Tamari Washington, born and raised in Boston Ma, is a 17 year old who has been dancing about 4 years. Starting in a summer dance program at Bird Street Community Center, learning many styles of dance such as hip-hop, modern, ballet, afro-jazz, and African.  She has traveled to New York and has taken Alvin Ailey classes, an experience that had opened her eyes. Recently she has danced and encountered many challenges with Jo-Mé Dance Company. She is now trying to learn her body and how to utilize it. She’s very hopeful about learning more and becoming the best dancer she can be in the future.

John Marcus Shaw-Mays  (Principal Dancer)

Started off at the Toff Center and began his first foot steps as an upcoming dancer under the teachings of a young woman named Diana at the age of two. From there on continued his passion for dance under her supervision. After the Toff Center closed down Jon Marcus attended Ailey Camp in the summer of 2006, he then attended an extended program that Ailey Camp offered entitled ACT 2. The program continued on for two years and Jon Marcus auditioned for a company named Boston Youth Moves. He had finally realized the potential that he had and strived to better himself in the passion of dance. He found the art of dance not only gave him a sense of nobility, but an escape from the anger he with held. It was always hard for him to communicate how he felt because he didn't want to be shunned  by anyone. He remained invulnerable and guarded when it came to expressing himself. Dance creates a way for him to discard the negativity and apply his nobility. After 5 years of being in Boston Youth Moves he left the company his sophomore year of high school and focused more on learning a different experience at Boston Arts Academy. He discovered more than just technical devisions of dance but how to actually make the movement his own. He found his own way to take movements he observes and recreate them as his own. While learning the different technical aspects of dance he was asked to become a dance teacher his sophomore year by a woman named Andrea at the Roxbury Dance Performing Arts Center. After teaching for a year he decided that the experience was definitely a challenge but needed to tend to his commitment to school. After graduating from Boston Arts Academy in the year of 2014 he joined the company entitled Jo-Mé and has learned the company not only has strengthened his technique but has given him more of a purpose to continue his profession as a dancer.