... was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, Hope was a three-time recipient of the American Dance Festival’s Young Tuition Scholarship. She attended Howard University in Washington, DC., when she felt a call to move to New York City to study at The Ailey School.  Hope worked as assistant to choreographers Milton Myers and the late Talley Beatty, was an original member of Complexionsand danced many years with Philadanco, The Philadelphia Dance Company. Hope joined The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2000, where she continues to perform her duties as a dancer as well as her work as an educator, mentor, speaker, and choreographer.

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Hope strives to bring young, aspiring students to a healthy understanding and efficient methods of technical and artistic movement. As she shares her knowledge and expertise of the Horton Technique, classical, and other modern, jazz, and contemporary dance styles, she insists on an honest and positively driven atmosphere which allows her classes, coaching, and studio time to be effective, exciting, and memorable. 


Hope combines life’s greatest influences and personal experiences to construct, design, inform, and display her ideas, all while continuing to build her vocabulary of movement – defining her voice and style. Many have been a vehicle to help her create and share new works, collaborate with composers, and hone her 'Movement-Language' as a dance-maker and choreographer. Working with Philadanco, University of The Arts, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Minnesota Dance Theater, Ballet East, The Ailey School, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the company in her name, HopeBoykinDance, continues to bring confirmation that her voice is relevant and remains important within the dance world today. 


Hope continues to find new meaning for her personal Movement-Language. Performing professionally for over two decades, she has traveled the world and has been taught and has learned many lessons; which she never hesitates to use as food and fuel for her performances. As a result, Hope has garnered many awards, and honors, including the acclaimed "Bessie" a New York dance and performance award, and she continues to be an example of determination for many who wish to follow her path.


Hope does not hide behind her truths. Overcoming many obstacles and trials, pressing forward in spite of circumstances, and being reminded she is a walking miracle, has made it impossible for her to keep quiet. She  believes that telling and sharing her stories and lessons, including the falls and the successes, will help guide young artists who have a desire and are willing to learn from her mistakes and grow from her transparency.

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