Daryl L. Foster MFA

Daryl L. Foster MFA

Daryl L. Foster 



Daryl L. Foster stands poised to enter his third decade as a creative individual expressing his gifts through the art of dance. Over the last two decades Mr. Foster has been blessed to bring forth his gifts as a dancer, choreographer, administrator, and scholar. He is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama where his journey began at the University of Alabama as a Dance and English major. As a student he received scholarships for study at The American Dance Festival at Duke University, Harvard Summer Dance, The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive. He began his performing career with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company as a dancer with DCDC2, and continued as a dancer in musical theater, and concert dance before exploring career paths as an instructor with various companies including American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive. He went on to receive his Masters Degree in Fine Art from The Florida State University where he focused in Choreography and Performance. He Moved to Atlanta Georgia in 2006 where he began his academic career as a lecturer in dance at Kennesaw State University, Spelman College, Agnes Scott College, and The University of Georgia. In 2010 Mr. Foster Founded, and directed LIFT, an organization dedicated to presenting the choreography, and performance of men of color based in the Atlanta area. In 2011 he founded EMERGING: A New Choreographers Workshop dedicated to nurturing new choreographers in the craft of choreography while having their work mentored, and fully produced. He is a published writer, and is currently serving as a regular dance contributor to the Georgia Voice. 

DARYL L. Foster's CV



Masters of Fine Arts | Florida State University

·  Major: Choreography and Performance

Bachelor of arts | The university of Alabama

·  Major: Dance

·  Minor: English


Skills & Abilities

Program Management

·  In 2011, founded EMERGING, a choreographer workshop for new choreographers in the Metro Atlanta area.  EMERGING provides education opportunities for new choreographers to learn from professional artists from multiple disciplines

·   Serve as Producer from conception to production

·   Additional responsibilities include fundraising, advertising and promotion, and budget management


·  Currently serve as the Founder and Artistic Director for LIFT Men, Dance. Life.  Starting in 2010, LIFT is a choreographers showcase that features the work of male dancers in the Atlanta area and from around the country. The mission of this program is to increase visibility and awareness of the talented male dancers in the Metro Atlanta community

·   Responsibilities include program development, fundraising, marketing & advertising, vendor management (Woodruff Arts Center), scheduling, and creation & maintenance of budgets

·   As Artistic Director, responsible for the production, choreography and mentoring of artists

·   Created an annual scholarship for a talented young man to study dance for one year. 


·  Served as part of the artistic team for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival from July 2000 – October 2003.  The team was responsible for developing program curriculum that focused on works of William Shakespeare



·  Currently serving as the contributing writer for dance, and culture for the Georgia Voice

·  Invited by Irvin “Magic” Johnson’s network ASPIRE TV to serve as expert on a panel for show “Magic in the Making”

·  Has served as a contributing writer for ArtsATL and other publications 2010 – present

·  Served as Chris Willis Road Manager for national and international tours from 2009-2012

·  From 2010 -2015, served in various leadership roles at GOTTA DANCE ATLANTA, Atlanta’s leading dance studio.

·   Creative Director responsible for various programs including special events and master classes

·   Currently serve as the manager of the work study and scholarship program

·   Staff Supervisor for over 25 persons

·   Additional responsibilities include fundraising, advertising and promotion,  and budget management


·  From 2001-2002, served as the Assistant to the Company Manager and Financial Manager for Urban Bush Women, Inc.



Public Relations

·   Responsible for marketing and public relations campaigns for the various events at Gotta Dance Atlanta.

·  As Director of Dance at Booker Middle School, increased awareness and participation of the dance program within the Sarasota community

Academic Experience

·   Over ten years in academia serving as a full time and adjunct instructor in higher education and K-12.

·  The University of Georgia – Athens, GA | Full Time Lecturer | August 2010-May 2014

·  Spelman College – Atlanta, GA | Full Time Lecturer; Guest Artist | August 2007-May 2010

·  Agnes Scott College – Atlanta, GA | Adjunct Instructor – Part time | January 2008-May 2008

·  Kennesaw State University – Kennesaw, GA | Adjunct Instructor | August 2006-May 2007

·  Booker Middle School for the Arts – Sarasota, FL | Director of Dance/Instructor | August 2005-May 2006

·  Florida State University – Tallahassee, FL | Graduate Assistant | August 2002-May 2005

Professional Experience

Woodruff Arts center, Atlanta GA | Patron Services/Box Office Agent | September 2015 – present

·       Assist guests with their ticket needs and programming questions. Helps to resolve customer’s problems.  Works closely with VIP Services, Promotions, and Sales departments to generate revenue via ticket and subscription sales


“Once oN this island” | MeadowBrook theater Detroit | january 2015

 “CELL” | Cell Film HOldings, LLC | January – February 2014

·       Served as movement consultant/choreographer for the film, an adaptation of the Stephen King book, CELL.  The film features Samuel L.  Jackson, Stacy Keach and Isabella Furhman

Phazes of Love-Choreographers Showcase, Dir. CICI Kelley | February 2013

Juel D. Lance and Friends, An evening of dance | APRIL 2012

modern atlanta dance festival | 2010, 2008

Coalition to Remember 1906 race riots | july – December 2006

ALABAMA SHAKespeare festival | july 2000-OCTOBER 2003

ALABAMA Contemporary Dance Company | October – December 2000

American ballet theater | summer 2000

dayton contemporary dance company – Dayton Ohio | January 1999-MAY 2000

dance ALABAMA! | august 1995-may 1998



 “King Bolden” | king Bolden motion pictures, llc | November 2014

Ballethnic dance company| august 2007-may 2008

National Center for Choreography | may – june 2004

the University of Southern Illinois | may 1999; august 2002

opus dance theater – New york | october 2001 – may 2002

riverside church – new york city | september 2001 – december 2001

dayton department of cultural affairs | august 1998 – may 2000

dance ALABAMA! | august 1995-may 1998


Dance Instructor

Eagles Landing Dance Center, Stockbridge GA | 2015 – present

Price Performing Arts Center, Atlanta GA | 2014 - present

Ballethnic dance company, ATlanta GA | 2007- 2008

soulful arts dance academy | 2005 - 2006

alabama contemporary Dance Company | October –december 2000

city day charter school | august 1999 – may 2000

dayton department of cultural affairs | january 1999 – may 2000


The university of mississippi, oxford MS | Teaching and Choreography | March 2013

douglas anderson school for the arts, jacksonville, fl | recruitment & master classes | October 2010, 2011, 2012

sante fe community college, gainesville, fl | Teaching and Choreography | March 2010

The university of georgia, athens, ga | guest Teaching and Choreography | april 2010

moving in the spirit, men in Motion, ATLANTA, GA | performance | May 2009

nea fellowship/Alabama contemporary dance company, mobile al | performance| 1999

Awards and Accomplishments

Published Writing

·       “Various Articles” – Georgia Voice Publications – 2015 - Present

·       “Alvin Ailey: The man behind the legacy” - Urban Lux Magazine – February 2013

·       Review: “2 Kids and a Dream Tap women makers for “She Created It” – ArtsATL.com – September 2011

·       “Coming to the Rialto: Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Zollar refuses to stay put.” ArtsATL.com – January 2011

·       Editorial: “Atlanta dancers’ dilemma: Should I stay or should I go?” – ArtsATL.com – July 2010


·       Florida State University

Full tuition waiver; assistantship for graduate study in Dance – 2002-2005


·       The University of Alabama Society for the Fine Arts

Artist for the New Millennium (dance) – 2000


·       American Dance Festival

Scholarship Recipient – 1998, 1997


·       American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive

Scholarship Recipient – 1997

·       Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Scholarship Recipient – 1996


·       Harvard Summer Dance

Scholarship Recipient – 1996