For over four decades, Jamey Hampton has had a storied career in dance theater that is as varied as it is accomplished. He was born in Portland, Oregon, where he began his dance training in the burgeoning modern dance scene of the early 1970's. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 with a BFA degree in Drama, receiving the Marcus Hieman Award for Artistic Excellence. He joined Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1978, setting off for his first tour to the Indian sub-continent. He has danced with Tandy Beal and Company, Crowsnest, was an original member of MOMIX, and in 1987 co-founded ISO Dance. In 1997, he co-founded BodyVox with Ashley Roland.
Mr. Hampton’s dance and choreography have taken him around the world, performing throughout Europe, the Far and Middle East, South America, the Caribbean, and throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 1989 he was the recipient of an Emmy award for his performance in the KCET television production "Episodes". In 1998, he co-choreographed and performed in the Academy Awards, and in 2002 won an American Choreography Award for his work in the film series "Modern Daydreams". He has created works for Ballet Pacifica, Portland Opera, the Lille Opera, Oregon Ballet Theater, Ririe/Woodbury Dance Company, Trinity Irish Dance Company, Northwest Dance Project, Eisenhower Dance, as well as the full length Ballet "Peer Gynt" for the Geneva Opera Ballet.
With BodyVox, Mr. Hampton has collaborated with Ashley Roland on the creation of numerous full evening works, as well as many chamber pieces for the company. He has provided choreographic opportunities for company members, has collaborated with numerous arts organizations and individuals in Portland and beyond, and with the BodyVox Dance Center fosters collaborative workshop and performance opportunities for the Portland community.
A firm believer in community service, Mr. Hampton serves on the board of Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Portland Opera. He is a past board member of Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts, Artists for the Arts, and the Northwest Academy. He organized a gala evening of dance at the Joyce Theater in New York to benefit Amnesty International, and another to benefit the Tibetan Resettlement Project of Connecticut. In December of 2003 he organized an evening of music to benefit the international relief organization Mercy Corps. An accomplished musician, Mr. Hampton has released two CDs of original music, Throw Caution (2000) and Chasing Daylight (2003), and performs regularly with his band, The Brothers Jam. He lives in Portland, Oregon with Ashley Roland and their sons, Bowen and Julian.