Yeman Brown in Reggie Wilson's Citizen. Photo by Aitor Mendilibar, Courtesy Brown

25 to Watch 2018: Yeman Brown

It's no wonder Yeman Brown was nominated for a 2017 Outstanding Performer Bessie for his performance in Reggie Wilson's Citizen. Amidst the marathon of broken-up solos, Brown flies through the lightning-fast choreography. His movement is both gestural and athletic—not to mention deeply poetic—and is driven by a particular force which exudes a matter-of-fact command of the stage.


The Tallahasse native has also performed featured roles for Stephanie Batten Bland, Kristin Sudeikis, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Ralph Lemon and Raja Feather Kelly. Brown will be bringing his vigor to North Carolina troupe OM grown dancers this spring, adding the role of choreographer to his resumé and proving he is truly navigating his own path.

When he's not in the studio, you can finding him riding.


Find out who else made Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" list this year.

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Dancers too often find themselves warming up on the concrete or carpet backstage, or wanting to practice in a location without a proper floor. For years, Harlequin Floors has offered a solution to this problem with its innovative turning board, offering a portable and personal floor that can be flipped between marley and wood. Now, they've revolutionized portability again with their practice mat, offering dancers the option to roll up their own personal floor and sling it over their shoulders like a yoga mat.

We spoke with experts from every corner of the dance industry to see how Harlequin's products have become their everyday essentials:

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