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Staycee R. Pearl received her initial dance training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. After relocating to Pittsburgh, she served a six-year tenure as Artistic Director of Xpressions Contemporary Dance Company, premiering numerous choreographic works and performing pieces by celebrated national artists, such as Rennie Harris, Robert Battle, and Kyle Abraham. She has choreographed Nathan Davis' jazz-operas Just Above My Head, Carmen Jones, and Lost in the Stars, all produced by the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Ms. Pearl graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with honors in Studio Arts/Africana Studies. She continues to produce multimedia work with her husband, Herman 'Soy Sos' Pearl. In 2010, STAYCEE PEARL dance project (SPdp) debuted at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, and served as resident dance company for the theater for three years. Staycee's visual arts exhibitions include STACKS, inspired by Romare Bearden, and Fe Gallery's My Mythos. Ms. Pearl was honored with an August Wilson Center Artistic Fellowship (2011 - 2012), where she presented OCTAVIA, a movement/multimedia installation based on the life and writings of famed Science Fiction writer Octavia Butler. Staycee and Herman Pearl proudly opened their dance/art/sound space, PearlArts Studios, in April of 2012. In February of 2013, SPdp premiered ...on being..., an evening-length piece that remained on Creative Capital's ON OUR RADAR for one year. As a guest teaching artist for the University of Pittsburgh's Theatre Arts department, Staycee choreographed the acclaimed musical production In The Heights.