Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow and Lincoln Center Institute Artist-in-Residence, Abdul Latif is a Bronx, NY native and graduate of Wesleyan University and an NYU – Tisch School of the Arts MFA graduate. He was a member of Donald Byrd’s Contemporary Ballet Company – The Group and Jennifer Muller’s Contemporary Modern Company – The Works and has two TONY Award-winning Broadway credits: The Lion King; directed by Julie Taymor and choreographed by Garth Fagan and Hairspray – The Musical; directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Abdul’s professional opportunity began with choreographing the hit music video – Off The Books for platinum recording artist, The Beatnuts, with award winning director Chris Robinson. He created work for the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics and choreographed concert tours of Cynthia Torres and Deborah Cox. He was choreographic assistant and soloist for Jennifer Muller’s City Opera production of Esther, and has choreographed and directed works for annual Broadway Cares events.
Abdul conceived and choreographed Kaleidoscope for St. Jude Foundation’s Spring Gala. He participated in The Muller Works Foundation 2011 Choreographic Residency – The Legacy Project, Ballet Hispanico’s Institutito Coreografico 2012, and appeared as the 2013 Special Guest Soloist for the Fortaleza, Brazil — Jose Alencar Theater Festival. Abdul became a 2013 recipient of the Career Transitions Grant, the Grant For Emerging Contemporary Artists and The John Cage Artist Grant. In 2014, he was commissioned to choreograph the Atlantic Arts Foundation – Harlem Opera Theater collaborative production of Benjamin Britten’s opera, Parables for Church Performances. In the fall of that year, he created the Imaginative Learning Program and Arts Education Platform – The NEXT Project: Nurturing Emerging Xcellence Today. Abdul was the 2015 recipient of The Joffrey Ballet Winning Works Award, The Council on The Arts BRIO Award and The National Capezio Finalist ACE Award. He was a 2016 commissioned guest artist of Harvard University, and has created work for Fire Island Dance Festival, and New York City Ballet principal Amar Ramasar’s Joyce Theater collaborative venture, The A+ Project.