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Avery D. Wilson

AVERY BDAY 000Avery D. Wilson is a native of Baton Rouge, LA and an Honors College graduate of Southern University and A&M College. At age 19, he became one of the youngest SGA Presidents to take office, and later became the first student from Southern to be elected the National President of all Historically Black Colleges & Universities. His extended collegiate involvement also included becoming a Student Member to the Southern University Board of Supervisors, USAA Academic Collegiate Scholar, 2-time Collegiate All-American Cheerleader, SU Look Dancers Coach & Choreographer, and the NASAP National Student of the Year.

It was not until Wilson graduated that he realized he could pursue a furthered study of dance and business. Having been a four-year staff instructor of the National Cheerleading Association, he was inspired to create his own vision that catered specifically to the underserved schools and communities in need. At the age of 21, Wilson became the CEO/Founder of the MOKA Cheerleading & Dance Association. MOKA quickly became Baton Rouge’s most well-known organization for kids to express their artistic talents and a local mechanism to explore their life’s purpose. Using motivation as the key ingredient, the company has touched the lives of youth through studio dance, all-star cheerleading, all-star dance, choreography, and continues to branch out to surrounding states with summer encampment.

Wilson’s business life is counterbalanced with his professional career as a dancer, singer, model, actor, and pageant coach. He has studied and trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. He has danced professionally overseas with the Lido Champs-Elysees of Paris, France, as a company member of the Adrienne Celeste Fadjo Contemporary Dance Company of NYC, and has performed in over 10 countries with the Jean Ann Ryan Production Company and Spirit Productions Company. Wilson currently performs as a company member of Jill Rucci’s 8&1 Contemporary Dance Company; and in 2011 completed a season in the second company of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. A genuine lover of theatre, Wilson has also toured with Actress/Director/Producer Debbie Allen, worked with Choreographer/Actor Darrin Henson, and has performed in various shows including Aida, Twist and Shout, Fame, The Spirit of Broadway, The Wiz, and Rent. His musical theatre choreography has been seen in several shows including Beauty and the Beast, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and Hairspray. Wilson’s pageantry world is filled with great coaching experiences with talented young women. He has judged several Louisiana state preliminary pageants and was proud to serve on the 2014 judging panel for the Cinderella International Pageant in Las Vegas, NV. He is thrilled to return to the Miss America Organization as a Louisiana Local Director and harbors high hopes in helping youth and young adults accomplish new goals and reach their dreams.