Temple Kemezis

We are honored to see Temple return to the South Jackson stage for TEDxTullahoma 2022! For the last 14 years, Temple Kemezis has worked in New York City as a professional dancer. Her repertoire includes classical, neoclassical, and contemporary works.


Raised in Tullahoma and McMinnville, Tennessee – she began her training at the School of Nashville Ballet. She continued with teachers Dennis Marshall and Marjorie Grundvig in Seattle, Washington. Summer intensives include Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theater (NYC), Alonzo King’s LINES Professional Workshop, and the Northwest Professional Dance Project.


Temple has performed with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Dances Patrelle, Texture Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Neo, and Sensedance. These include a tour to Peru, among others. Her classical repertoire includes CoppeliaLa SylphidePaquitaThe Nutcracker, and Francis Patrelle’s Romeo & Juliet and others. Her newer works include those by Cherlyn Lavagnino, Pascal Rekoert-Valdez, Gemma Bond, James Canfield, and Catilin Trainor. In 2016, she had the pleasure of joining the cast of Isaac Mizrahi’s Peter and the Wolf with choreography by John Heginbotham.
Temple has had the honor of performing at such revered venues as Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival, New York Fashion Week, the Guggenheim Museum, and Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center.


In 2015, she co-founded the Higher Ground Festival in NYC with Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba. Since then, HGF has brought over 150 Northern Manhattan artists together through its Meet & Greet Series and performances. It has also produced 38 interdisciplinary collaborations, which are presented free to the uptown community.