Jemel McWilliams

Biography

A quintessential renaissance man with over 10 years of professional experience, Jemel McWilliams is a highly regarded creative / artistic director, choreographer, movement coach, and dancer. Jemel’s creative approach stems from the knowledge he gained while dancing alongside many established artists. As a dancer, his artistry, skill and attention to detail opened many doors and he soon began working as a choreographer’s assistant. It was in this position that Jemel gained first-hand knowledge on the importance of creativity, leadership, organization and patience.

Now, as a creative/artistic director Jemel’s creativity and skilled techniques have been displayed domestically and globally in performances for artists inclusive of John Legend, Alicia Keys,  Janelle Monae, Nick Jonas, Kelly Rowland, Robin Thicke, X-Ambassador’s, and Tracee Ellis Ross, among others – most recently working as choreographer and co-creative for emerging artist LIZZO.

In addition to working with Artist’s on tour and on stage, Jemel’s expressive aesthetic has be showcased in numerous award shows and television shows as well. Notable award show performances include: Janelle Monae’s “You Make Me Feel,” at the 2019 Grammy’s, John Legend’s “Preach,” at the iHeart Music Awards, LIZZO’s “Juice,” at the 30th Annual GLAAD Awards, as well as performances for the BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, and the European Music Awards. Television show performances include: Saturday Night Live, The Voice, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and many more.  Jemel has also served as a choreographer and creative director for national campaigns, working with distinguished brands such as Nike, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Gap Inc., New York Fashion Week’s Moncler Grenoble, and Zara.

  • LIZZO - "Juice" MTV Movie Awards 2019

    Artistic Director/Choreographer
  • LIZZO - "Truth Hurts" BET Awards 2019

    Artistic Director/Choreographer
  • Janelle Monae - "Make Me Feel" LIVE at the GRAMMYs 2019

    Artistic Director/Choreographer
  • The Making Of Lizzo's Epic BET Awards Performance

    Artistic Director/Choreographer
  • Janelle Monae's Live Performance Of 'Django Jane' & 'I Like That'! | BET Awards 2018

    Artistic Director/Choreographer
  • X Ambassadors - "Don't Stay"

    Creative Director/Choreographer
  • MAAD - "Black Ice" (Official Video)

    Creative Director/Choreographer
  • LIZZO - "Juice" Ellen Performance

    Co-Creative/Choreographer
  • RAII & Whitney - "No Worries" Official Music Video

    Director/Creative/Choreographer