Jamorris Rivers

Jamorris Rivers

Instructor of Ballet and Jazz


  • MFA, Dance, Hollis University


Jamorris Rivers is an instructor of choreography and dance history. He also teaches ballet, modern dance techniques, and Jazz at The University of Alabama. Rivers is the Resident Choreographer and Artistic Director of Arova Contemporary Ballet in Birmingham, Alabama. Rivers has performed professionally with regional ballet companies and internationally with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Rivers has performed works by several choreographers including Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Robert Battle, Lindsey Nelko, Roger Van Fleteren, and Dwight Rhoden. Rivers’ teaching credits include American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive Tuscaloosa, Samford University, Birmingham-Southern College, Alabama Dance Academy, Alabama School of Fine Arts, and The Dance Foundation. The Alabama State Council on the Arts presented Rivers with the Alabama Artist Fellowship Award for his recent work The Purple Ones, a one-act feature along with Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, performed by the Alabama Ballet. Most recently, Rivers served as Choreographer for Red Mountain Theatre Company productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Memphis, and My Fair Lady. Additionally, Rivers serves as a member on the Alabama Dance Council Board of Directors and is working to complete his MFA at Hollins University. Jamorris Rivers is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Teaching Interests

  • Ballet
  • Jazz

Representative Publications & Creative Works

  • Jamorris has danced with Montgomery Ballet, Southern Danceworks, Alabama Ballet, AROVA, and Complexions
    Contemporary Ballet appearing in the US, Europe, Brazil, and Australia.
  • Jamorris has performed works by Roger Van Fleteren, Lindsay Nelko, Jorden Morris, Twyla Tharp, Septime Weber, Brandon Ragland, Robert Battle, Teri Weksler, George Balanchine, and Dwight Rhoden.