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. Her choreography work includes Netflix's Dear White People as series choreographer for their final musical season, a Prada campaign creative directed by Vogue Italia’s Ferdinando Verderi, Hulu's feature film Bad Hair directed by Justin Simien, 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 film soundtrack), Brooke Fraser's "Kings & Queens" Music Video, and multiple works for LACDC. She recently choreographed a Sephora-produced documentary feature film on the iconic Black beauty brand Fashion Fair.
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 the upcoming release 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.
She has taught classes at UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, and Hussian College Los Angeles, and created works for L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, University of Illinois Edwardsville, and Co/Motion Creation Intensive (Boston).