A young choreographer who has already produced such provocative, experimental dance works as FLATLAND 2010 and The Flight Attendants, Poe has spent the past several years studying and researching J-Sette—an underground dance form born from Southern drill team and majorette events, and developed socially in gay, African American clubs. The tight and meticulous movements of J-Sette, interrupted by hugely explosive moments, were woven directly into Poe’s Center-funded project, Private Places, which premiered at the 2012 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. In summer 2013, he worked in residence in the city of Neuss, Germany, working on J-Sette choreography with fellow artist Jermone “Donte” Beacham. In the spring of 2014, he performed with choreographer and dancer niv Acosta at AUX Performance Space as part of the Center-funded AUX Curatorial Fellowship Program. Poe received a Center Project grant in 2017 to create Let 'im Move You: This Is a Formation, further exploring J-Sette in contemporary performance. Poe has performed across the US and in Europe and is the founder and co-director of Philadelphia-based dance/theater company idiosynCrazy productions. He holds an MFA in dance from Temple University and currently teaches at Swarthmore College.
Poe developed The Flight Attendants, a satirical commentary on the service industry, during the summer of 2011 in workshops with members of his company, idiosynCrazy productions. These workshops were led by visiting dance artists Jasmin Vardimon and Donte Beacham. Vardimon, a U.K.-based dance-theater artist, infuses her choreography with great speed and physicality; Beacham practices a relatively underground dance form called J-Sette: a precise style normally performed in gay African-American club scenes. Both artists "work in movement modes that are exhaustive," Poe said. "I want to learn how they train their bodies to conquer exhaustion and speed." The summer workshop was archived extensively, both for the benefit of the dance community and for all interested visitors on the idiosynCrazy website and Facebook page. Poe received a follow-up grant in 2012 to produce Private Places at the 2012 FringeArts Festival, the culmination of his research and his work with Beacham.