Khalil A. M. R. Munir is a noted dancer, actor, writer and teaching artist. He has served on the faculty at Philadelphia’s historic Freedom Theatre, Delaware Valley Friends School and Temple University. He specializes in “hoofing,” a percussive urban African American tap dance form, but his dance repertoire also includes jazz, traditional African, ballet and modern.
He conceived, produced and starred in the stage production One Pound, Four Ounces. It combines dance, tap percussion and monologue to convey a raw, yet inspirational series of vignettes from Khalil’s complicated childhood. The show has been mounted at Freedom Theatre, the First Person Arts Festival, and for an ongoing residency at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The play also became the inspiration for the documentary WHAT’S IN A NAME?, in which three generations of Black men in one family define themselves and their destinies—journeying from Jim Crow South to South Philly business empire, incarceration to Islam, and streets to spotlight. Khalil is a Producer and Co-Writer of the film.
In addition, Khalil teaches high school and performs as a company member with the Berry & Nance Dance Project. Through his art, Khalil defiantly transmutes victimhood to victory and condemnation to edification. His work has been supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Khalil earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Adelphi University.