Jakevis Thomason is from Greenville, South Carolina, and began his training at Dianne’s School of Dance. A 2020 graduate of the University of Southern California’s prestigious Kaufman School of Dance, he trained closely with renowned faculty across a spectrum of forms, from concert to commercial, shaping him into what Kaufman calls a “hybrid artist.” Jakevis is a prolific artist with a passion for teaching and choreography and is gaining recognition as both a creative director and choreographer for screen and stage. His goal is to bring his unique style and ideas to the commercial, concert, Broadway, and studio scenes of dance.
Jakevis has received commissions to create & debut work in Cabo San Jose, Mexico, Santa Barbara, California, and Traverse City, Michigan. Since 2018, he has assisted and worked closely with choreographer Frank Gatson, creative director for recording artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, and Beyoncé. Through Gatson’s mentorship, Jakevis has earned the opportunity to work with and choreograph for artists such as Jussie Smollett and Brandy. He looks forward to a long career of performing and teaching, and eventually hopes to have his own company to showcase his works.