Quaba Venza Ernest born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began his dance training at Dance Theatre of Harlem under the direction of Arthur Mitchell & Robert Garland. Continuing at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. There he was selected as a recipient of an Adopt-A-Dancer Scholarship and was awarded the 2019 Thayer Fellowship in the Arts for Dance & Choreography. He began his career with Ballet BC for their 2019/2020 season. He has danced in works by Kimberly Bartosik, George Balanchine, Ronald K. Brown, Sidra Bell, Norbert De La Cruz lll, Sharon Eyal, Robert Garland, Johan Inger, Loni Landon, Ana Maria Lucaciu, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Jerome Robbins, Ted Shawn, Medhi Walerski and Doug Varone. He has studied at Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Doug Varone & Dancers, Eastman, Jacob’s Pillow, and Springboard Danse Montreal under the direction of Alexandra Wells. Quaba has been featured in the NY Times for performances at BAM Fisher (Watermill by Jerome Robbins) & Jacob’s Pillow (Dance of Ages by Ted Shawn) . He has been featured in HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness, and the NY Times for performances at BAM Fisher & Jacob’s Pillow. His work titled “String Theory” was selected to be a part of the 2019 New Century Dance Festival & his dance film “Astomi” was selected as a winner in the 27th Quinzena de Dança de Almada – International Dance Festival (2019).  In 2021 he was one of The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows at Jacob’s Pillow & was selected as an Early Career Artist for the 12th Annual Making Moves Dance Festival. Quaba began working with Doug Varone and Dancers in 2021.


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