TARIK DARRELL O’MEALLY was born in Queens, New York and raised in the DC Metro Area. He earned his B.F.A in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked and performed with companies such as Johnnie Cruise Mercer/The RED project NYC, and Abby Z & the New Utility. Tarik is currently a company member of the Marvin Gaye Dance Project and VT Dance both under the direction of Vincent Thomas. Tarik was fortunate enough to spend 2013-2016 as a summer staff assistant at the American Dance Festival. As a choreographer, his work has been presented at The Clarice Smith 34th Annual Choreographers Showcase, New Releases Choreographer Showcase, the 15th Annual Richmond Choreographer Showcase, the Richmond Dance Festival, the Baltimore Theater Project, Morgan State University and the Mid-Atlantic North Gala performance at the American College Dance Association. Tarik was the 2016-2017 Artist in Residence at Coppin State University, is currently a 2017-2018 New Releases Commissioned Artist and artistic director of the UNUM Dance Collective.