Artistic Director

Iquail Shaheed

Mr. Iquail Shaheed is the founder and executive artistic director of DANCE IQUAIL!. As a native of Philadelphia, Iquail was trained at the age of thirteen upon acceptance to the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. He furthered his dance studies with the Philadelphia Dance Company’s (PHILADANCO) “Training & Instruction” program. While at PHILADANCO, he became a senior member of Danco II, under the tutelage of Donald T. Lunsford II.

Subsequently, Mr. Shaheed has earned scholarships to The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, The Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, the Paul Taylor School, The Juilliard School, Jacob’s Pillow, Pennsylvania Ballet and International Ballet Theatre Schools, among many others. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet Performance from the University of the Arts, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Purchase College – SUNY. As a professional dancer, Iquail has worked with internationally acclaimed companies such as Compagnie Thor (Brussels), The Sean Curran Company, Ronald K Brown/ Evidence, and The Fred Benjamin Dance Company.


New York City, NYJazz at Lincoln Center - APAP January 5th, 2019Black Swan
Dayton, OhioInternational Association of Blacks in Dance, Conference January 23-27, 2019Mixed Bill
Philadelphia, PAPerformance GarageFebruary 21-23rd, 2019Black Swan
Columbus, OhioDance USA ConferenceJune 12-15, 2019Mixed
Kigali, Rwanda, AFRICAResidency June 15-29, 2019 Field Work
Port Louis, Mauritius, AFRICAResidency July1 - July 15, 2019Field Work
Towson, MDKraushaar AuditorumOctober 9 -10, 2019Re-staging Black Masculinities
Philadelphia, PAPerformance GarageOctober 20-21, 2019Re-staging Black Masculinities
Philadelphia, PAInternational Association of Blacks in Dance Conference June 13-19, 2020 Public Enemy