Atlanta Contemporary is excited to welcome back our friends at Dance Canvas for a unique life drawing experience. Sit amongst the art and follow the flow and movement of the choreographers as you hone your drawing skills.

Dance Canvas returns to Atlanta Contemporary on Thursday March 7th for another ‘Figures in Motion’. This time, we welcome back dancer/choreographer, Billy Hawkains III, who will be joined by dancer Samar Smith. Billy and Samar will move through the space, rehearsing a new work by New Jersey based choreographer, Mamiko Usuda. They will also take participants through their own movement and choreography through guided improvisation, a perfect opportunity to draw these Figures in Motion.

Beginning at 6:30 pm in the main gallery. Space is limited so make sure to register for your spot.

This event is BYOAS (bring your own art supplies); pencil, charcoal, and sketch pad recommended. Paint will not be allowed in the galleries. Atlanta Contemporary will not be providing art supplies for the event.


Although there will be a bartender and card-only bar on site, food and uncovered beverages will not be permitted in the galleries.


Parking is free in the lot at Bankhead & Means Street (Google Maps Location). You can access the lot via Bankhead Avenue and proceed past the parking attendant booth.


Billy James Hawkains III

Billy James Hawkains III (Detroit, MI) is a performer, choreographer, and Lecturer of Dance at Kennesaw State University. He holds an MFA in Dance Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Billy has trained under and performed works by Duane Cyrus (Theatre of Movement) and continues to serve as his Rehearsal

Assistant for numerous works, including Colony of Desire, a commission for Charlotte Ballet in North Carolina. Alongside his collaboration with Theatre of Movement, Billy has performed works by Marquita Sams, Juel D. Lane, Veronica Silk, Julio Medina, Elizabeth “B.J.” Sullivan, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and Doug Varone. Since moving to Georgia, Billy has taught at various studios including Atlanta Dance Connection & Center for Dance, Vincent Anthony Academy of Dance, and Fleet Studios to name a few, and served as the first Community Engagement Coordinator for DanceATL.

As a choreographer, Billy collaborates with creatives under the mantle of his collective, The Third Collective, and examines his own Blackness, Black Culture, and the Christian faith to generate transformative and provoking works of art. His dance creations have been presented at the Zuckerman Museum, Salvation Army Camp Keystone Florida, Chattanooga Dance Theatre, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dance Canvas’s Choreographer Career Development Initiative Showcase, and Underground Atlanta. Billy is also a two-time consecutive guest artist for DC Next, an audition-based summer choreographic intensive that gives students essential career building skills by immersing them in the world of professional dance, both onstage and backstage. Billy was selected as one of the 2023 Dance Canvas/Atlanta Contemporary Summer Resident Choreographers, and his work was presented at Atlanta Contemporary and the 2023 Hambidge Art Auction.



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