DENMARK, S.C. (courtesy voorhees.edu) — Voorhees College Class of 2010 alumnus Jamal Josef showcased as the choreographer and artistic director of the 2022 Super Bowl pre-game show Feb. 13. In this leadership role Josef directed the performance of the Divas and Drummers of Compton. Josef also directed this group during their 2020 America’s Got Talent performances.
Josef’s extensive experience includes working with Beyonce for her 2018 Coachella performance and other performers including Kirk Franklin and Pharrell.
Josef earned a B.A. in Mass Communications from Voorhees College in 2010. While at Voorhees, he directed the model troupe, the school dance team, and was president of his fraternity chapter, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., in which served as step master.
“It is cool to be constantly evolving in what I do as a brand and as a dancer. It is great to take a step back and just allow so many kids that I work with to execute dancing. It is more than just learning a dance step. They are learning etiquette, timeliness and proper training and what it’s like to be professional,” he said. “When I choreographed for Beyonce for Coachella that was me choreographing seven sections. I wasn’t the head of that but this time I’m in more of a leadership role. It is challenging but it also allows me to grow in that way. It has been great to test and see my ability and growth.”
Josef said that he learned a lot from Voorhees College. “Most of what I do now, I was able to test and try at Voorhees. I’ve learned how to work with people, how to choreograph, coordinate events and develop my teaching style,” he said.