Princess Grace Award
Choreography Honorarium, 2019
Lula Washington Dance Theatre


Tommie-Waheed Evans began his formal training with Michelle Blossom at the Dance Connection in Los Angeles California. He continued his studies under the mentorship of Andrea Calomee and Karen McDonald at Hamilton High School before receiving a fellowship at the Ailey School. As a student, Tommie performed the work of Matthew Rushing, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Karol Armitage, and Debbie Allen. He was an assistant to current artistic director of Ailey II, Troy Powell and his professional appearances include the popular sitcom “The Parkers”, the Emmy Awards, HopeBoykinDance, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Lula Washington Dance Theater, The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

Tommie is currently the Artist-in-Residence at Philadanco and on faculty at the University of the Arts. His awards include a Dance/USA Philadelphia Rocky Award, Billy Penn: Who Next Arts, Howard Gilman Foundation Fellowship Winner, The Tribune’s 2017 Most Influential African Americans, 10 people Under 40, BalletX 2017 Ballet Choreographic Fellowship, Joffrey Ballet Winning Works 2018, and was selected nationally as an emerging leader by Dance/USA. Tommie received his Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University.