Margo Blake (Jamaica)

By November 9, 2020November 8th, 2021Dance Judge, Dance Judge 2021

Queens, New York native, Margo Blake has a multifaceted career of more than 50 years as a professional dancer, instructor, choreographer, playwright, director, and dancing school entrepreneur both nationally and internationally. Residing in Orlando, FL since 1985, Margo has pioneered numerous programs and festivals. She was ordained 19 years ago into Christian ministry and served as Assistant Pastor of In His Word Ministries in Orlando.

Her 5 university degrees include a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from Temple University, a MA in Arts Administration from Goucher College, three Theology degrees from The Institute of Theology and Ministry Training and a Certification in Liturgical Dance from The International Liturgical Dance Fellowship Academy.

“Dr. Margo”, as she is called, began her dance training at The Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center in Queens where she trained in all traditional dance disciplines. He specialty, however, is West African Dance.  She studied with such legends as Michael Peters (Thriller, Beat It, Dreamgirls etc.), Arthur Hall, Chuck Davis, Frank Hatchett, and Katherine Dunham.  Margo also studied and performed with various African Master instructors throughout the US, as well as training and performing in Ghana, West Africa.  Margo is also trained as a Teaching Artist from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Program.

Margo’s instructional career spans 5 decades and includes multiple residences, workshops, master classes, community center and government programs, summer camps and the Young Audience Program. She has been on the instructional staff at The Center for Contemporary Dance, AAP Dance and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.  She was an adjunct professor of African Dance and African Dance History at Temple University and Rollins College and has guest instructed at many other elementary, middle, high schools, colleges, and universities throughout the USA. Reverend Margo served as instructor, Student Dean and Director of Arts for 13 years at the Institute of Theology and Ministry Training and was Director of Performing Arts at Agape Christian School in Orlando,

Dr. Margo was owner, President, and Artistic Director of 2 dancing schools, and received many awards for her role in community arts, and arts in education including the “NOMMO AWARD” from the North Florida Association of Black Psychologists.

Dr. Margo performed at Disney World Parks in Orlando, FL for 8 years and notably became the first African American Associate Show Director.  She was the African Dance Consultant for the original Festival of The Lion King Show (FOLK).  She also facilitated African dance classes for FOLK’S original casts. At its opening, Margo was the guest instructor for an African culture and dance workshop for FOLK’s original cast and executives of Walt Disney Entertainment.  In 2015 Margo was a Consultant in African Dance for the Clark County Public School District’s Equity & Diversity Dept. in Las Vegas, NV.

While a member of Church on the Living Edge in Longwood, FL, Rev. Margo served as head teacher for the KIDZ Ministry, was director of dance and choreographer for special events and became head of the  flag ministry thus ministering in dance during worship at weekly and special services. Margo currently heads Flowing Worship Flag and Dance Ministry in Orlando. Reverend Margo travels to minister in flags and dance, and to teach and equip God’s worshippers at conferences and workshops. She is honored to minister wherever God opens the door.

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