Concept by Jill and Joy-Marie Thompson ​/ Photography by Rachel Neville

Fact: Joy-Marie Thompson is a student at SUNY Purchase in New York. Other fact: she is awesome. Here's why.

Joy-Marie has created a series of truly incredible photos where she recreates well known photos of African American dancers and choreographers. The photos feature performers from throughout the twentieth century to today. Joy-Marie recreates each image, putting her own personal spin on them.

Some of our favorites include her re-imagining of Desmond Richardson, Carmen DeLavallade, and Arthur Mitchell.

Photo: Concept by Jill and Joy-Marie Thompson ​/ Photography by Rachel Neville

About the author

Anne Luben has performed works by notable choreographers such as Donald McKayle, Bill T. Jones, Jiri Kylian, Idan Cohen, Alex Ketley, and Summer Lee Rhatigan, among others.