Founding Company Member in 2005
Artistic Director in 2021
Jamila Glass is the Artistic Director of LA Contemporary Dance Company and joined the company in 2005 as a founding member. She previously served as LACDC's Media Director & Summer/Winter Intensive Director. Glass began her formal training as a nine-year-old scholarship student at The Discovery Dance Group in Houston, Texas. She continued dancing in her spare time as a vocal music major at the multi-Grammy award-winning High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Jamila graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Cinema-Television (Film & Video Production) and a Minor in Advertising.
Additionally, she has worked with Ryan Heffington, Galen Hooks, Nina McNeely, Kathryn Burns, David Dorfman, Adam Parson, and Mecca Vazie Andrews. Other credits include Netflix Original film Mascots from Christopher Guest, American Horror Story, Paul McCartney, Colbie Caillat, Dola, Flula, Hi Fashion, Foster the People tour, Zumba Fitness World Party video game, American Apparel, Samsung, TEDx, Dance Spirit Magazine, the NY Times Best Selling photography book Dancers Among Us, and multiple Star Magic Tours, which included performances at the Lincoln Center & the Shrine Auditorium.
Her choreography work includes a Prada campaign creative directed by Vogue Italia’s Ferdinando Verderi, Hulu's feature film Bad Hair directed by Justin Simien, multiple episodes of BET's TV series "Twenties" created by Emmy award-winning Lena Waithe, Vitamin String Quartet's "The Box" and "Blinding Lights" Music Videos, Caught a Ghost's "Get Your Life" Music Video featuring Tessa Thompson (from the Dear White People soundtrack), Brooke Fraser's "Kings & Queens" Music Video, and multiple works for LACDC. Her work as series choreographer on the fourth and final musical season of Netflix's Dear White People will premiere in September 2021 and she recently choreographed a Sephora-produced documentary feature film on the iconic Black beauty brand Fashion Fair.
Beyond the stage, Jamila, a director/screenwriter, is currently producing films through her production company The Cutting Room where she has directed over 15 critically-acclaimed short dance films and 2 music videos that have garnered international praise. (www.jamilaglass.com/links).
Glass recently directed the dance film SUMMON for LACDC.