Craig D. Black Jr. began dancing at South Bay Dance Center at the age of ten. The California native was captain of his San Jose high school’s nationally ranked dance team. In 2011 Craig received his BFA from The Juilliard School where he was awarded the 2010 Princess Grace Award in Dance. He has received additional training at summer programs such as Springboard Danse Montréal, Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow where he was given the 2011 Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence. Craig joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in the fall of 2017 after finishing six seasons with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. He has had the pleasure of dancing works by Kyle Abraham, Aszure Barton, Jirí Kylián, Jorma Elo, Cayetano Soto Ramirez, William Forsythe, Alejandro Cerrudo, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Robyn Mineko Williams, Nacho Duato, and Peter Chu along with many others. On top of his professional dance career, Craig is a passionate teacher. He has taught and choreographed for many schools and studios throughout the United States as well as co-choreographed and rehearsal directed for Cardi B and Offset’s 2019 BET Awards performance. In addition, Craig is certified to teach IMAGE TECH for Dancers™ introductory level through advanced level and serves as guest faculty for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago main company, Hubbard Street Professional Program, Steps on Broadway, Peridance Center, The Joffrey Academy, New York City Dance Alliance, and Dupree Dance.