In Memoriam: Kavin Grant, 1981-2019

Kavin Grant, an associate professor of dance at Alabama State University, recently was killed in a car accident. He was 37 years old.

Professor Grant first joined the faculty at Alabama State in 2013. He was also one of the founding professors of the bachelor’s of fine arts in dance program in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Throughout his career he had served as a guest instructor at various institutions including West Chester University, Temple University, Penn State, the University of the Arts, the University of Akron, Rowan University, Muhlenberg College, and Jackson State University. He was a specialist in classical ballet, contemporary ballet, contemporary modern, hip-hop, jazz, African, musical theater, and step dance.

Outside of his career in higher education, Professor Grant served as the founder and artistic director for A Rhythm Nation in Jackson, Florida. He was also the founder and CEO of A Kavin Grant Productions and Entertainment, Inc. for the visual performing arts. Two of his choreographic works were adjudicated and selected for the Gala program at both Northeast and Southeast Regions of the American College Dance Festival. Additionally, he was a member of Kariamu and Company: Traditions.

Professor Grant held a master of fine arts degree in dance with a concentration in choreography and performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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  1. Kay says:


    • Amalarie his niece says:

      i miss kavin my uncle so much i really do i cry everynight because of think of him and i see him everynight standing over me he talk to me everyday i miss him

  2. Jess Olberding says:

    I’m SO shocked and saddened to hear about Kevin’s death. I danced for him back in Jacksonville, Florida— just before he went on to graduate school. I’ll never forget his shear TALENT as a choreographer. Wow. I was privileged to perform a pas de deux he set, and in his piece set to Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech. His choreography set to Nina Simone’s Strange Fruit was absolutely stunning, haunting, and poignant. I am just so incredibly sad at the loss of this excellent artist and truly kind, funny, SMART human being. Wow. Just wow. 🙁

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