Began his formal training with Michelle Blossom at the Dance Connection in Los Angeles California. He continued his studies under the mentorship of Andrea Calomee and Karen McDonald at Hamilton High School before receiving a fellowship at the Ailey School. As a student, Evans performed the work of Matthew Rushing, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Karol Armitage, and Debbie Allen. He was an assistant to current artistic director of Ailey II, Troy Powell. Evans professional appearances include the popular sitcom "The Parkers", the Emmy Awards, HopeBoykinDance, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Lula Washington Dance Theater, The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In 2006 he founded his company, Waheed-Works. Evans has set choreography on The Garden State Dance Festival, Philadelphia Dance Boom Festival, Grace Dance Theater, Verb Ballet, Eleone Dance Theatre, Boston Conservatory, and The University of the Arts. Evans is the Artist-in-Residence at Philadanco and is currently on faculty at the University of the Arts. His awards include a Dance/USA Philadelphia Rocky Award, Billy Penn:Who Next Arts, Howard Gillman Foundation Fellowship Winner, and a BalletX 2017 Ballet Choreographic Fellowship. Evans recently received his Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University.
Waheed Works a dance project
As a choreographer, I’m interested in the language of what the body has to say about life. The things we deal with: defeat, courage, despair, desire, joy, frustration, and love. I’m looking to create images that resonate in the audience minds. This intent stems from the pursuit of showing the things we feel as humans, those things felt so purely in our own bodies. I seek to create performances where the audience can connect to their own bodies through the dancers; to see themselves, experiences and dramas being conveyed through fierce physical language. I redefine the boundaries of dance for myself by exploring the co-embodiment of movement, philosophy, music, narrative and imagery. I aim to suggest new meanings and possibilities, and to create a living, breathing, theatrical space. I want to create a shared world in the theater, where we discover something together, and find each other through the language of the body. The language that is beyond words. I’m very inspired by the things I cannot understand. I’m both uncomfortable and intrigued by the tension between the state of knowing and not knowing. My relationship to creation exists within the pull of desperately wanting to know what I’m doing and my need to leave space for the unknown. Donna Faye Burchfield states: At times the choreographic process is very messy, and even confusing. Just when it seems that there is no way to get through the material at hand, we all uncover a new understanding that is felt.