Lailah Duke is a 2015 graduate of Howard University with a BFA in Dance. Hailing from San Francisco, California, Lailah owes her first experiences in dance to Destined 2 Dance Studio and Performing Arts of Oakland, CA. Lailah has had the privilege to perform several works by Lion King Cast member Ray Mercer, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s company member Hope Boykin, Arch Choreo 40’s founder Jennifer Archibald, former Philadanco company member Maverick Lemons, and a multitude of other esteemed artists.
Lailah is heart wrenching to watch perform. Her technique and personal touch are empathetic and personal. Bring It Black solutes you!
Lailah took to her social media platforms to say:
“Hello all, My name is Lailah Duke and I am now officially a member of the main company of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. There are a thousand and 1 things that I could say, so simply put, all I can say is THANK YOU. Thank you to everyone involved in my journey to this moment. From my parents @khalif_7 and my mama, who have held it AWLDAWAYDOWN and to my 3 beautiful loving supportive and magically queenin sisters @joiielise @jazziedee_ @xmadeofgoldx , to my DBDT: Encore family new, and old @x.mack @_xavisanti @ricardob_89 @fallsworks @eddieeto @joyjunkieashley @traimannequin @_lovebuggg and Ms. Imani English (who still has no instagram cuz she’s in the Stone Age lol and P.S Happy finally 21st Birthday to you today) all of us be dancing DOWN and I wouldn’t rather say that I have learned and shared so many great memories and experiences than with the 8 of you talented artists. Each of you have inspired me and have made an imprint on my heart these past 2 years, and I couldn’t have made it here without each and every one of you. A thank you to my director Nycole Ray for her constant investment in me as an artist and as a developing wombman. She always reminded me of how special I was when I doubted it the most. To all of my family in the main company that have rooted for me and encouraged me up to this moment @cuh_laude @the_zion_king @justbeingde @the_masterki @seansmithdances @pryncerogue @hdintheplace2be @kayahalexandra @livin_my_dreamz @queen_ki_nley @shellyhebert I couldn’t have made it here without you all either. Every piece of information that you all have given me I have held on to and it has guided me. It has been a blessing to be in you alls presence. And last but certainly not least, I AM HOLLERING THAAAANK YOU TO MY BEST FRIEND @jasminejanae_wk !!JASMINE I could not have made it to or through any of this without your unconditional love and support. Through the good the bad and the ugly you have held me up when I was down, you have wiped so many of my tears away, you have laughed with me, you have corrected my lines, you have encouraged me and more in all that I do. And for that all I can say is thank you. Thank you. Thank you. My heart is singing.”