Bio

Founding Company Member in 2005
Artistic Director in 2021

Jamila Glass is the Artistic Director of L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) and joined the company in 2005 as a founding member.  Her choreography work includes Netflix's Dear White People as series choreographer for their final musical season, Prada's Galleria campaign (Vogue Italia’s Ferdinando Verderi), Hulu's feature film Bad Hair (Justin Simien), BET's TV series "Twenties" (Lena Waithe), and HBO's The Beauty of Blackness (Tiffany Johnson).  She recently choreographed and co-directed two commercials for Splice, the music industry's highest quality, royalty-free sample library.

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.  

As a performer, 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, Foster the People tour, American Apparel, Samsung, & the NY Times Best Selling photography book Dancers Among Us.

Beyond the stage, Jamila, a director/screenwriter, is currently producing films through her production company The Cutting Room where she has directed 20 critically-acclaimed short dance films, a television pilot, and 2 music videos that have garnered international praise, including film screenings in London, Paris and Lebanon.  Her previous work as a freelance editor includes documentary shorts, national radio commercials, and an award-winning independent television network. (www.jamilaglass.com/links).

Glass directed 5 dance films in 2021, including and then life was beautiful, and INSECTOS: arte y vida, a commission by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, featuring Spanish Choreographer Elías Aguirre & the members of L.A. Contemporary Dance Company. Other directorial work via LACDC includes SUMMON, a dance film featuring the original music of Emmy award-winning and Grammy and Oscar-nominated Kris Bowers.  She previously served as LACDC's Media Director & Summer/Winter Intensive Director, elevating the company's visibility across continents. 

She has taught at Schools: UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, Hussian College Los Angeles; Intensives: L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, Jumpstart/LA; Studios: Athletic Garage, Genesis Studios & Stomping Ground L.A.  Jamila has created work for LACDC, Cal State Fullerton, University of Illinois Edwardsville, and Co/Motion Creation Intensive (Boston).  She is looking forward to two upcoming choreographic residencies at universities across the United States.

Jamila is represented by Movement Talent Agency and is a member of the Television Academy.
Watch her teaching reel and check out her class schedule.

Instagram: @jamilaglass