Mar 29, 2016

Diane Jacobowitz, Executive and Artistic Director at Dancewave

Dancer, choreographer, teacher, and arts administrator, Diane Jacobowitz' career is an impressive and distinguished one. She has taught dance to countless children and adults over 26 years...and ran her own dance company, Diane Jacobowitz Dance Theater for 15. It's her work as Executive and Artistic Director at Dancewave that has been her focus since 1995. She founded the non-profit to bring dance to a broad spectrum of New York City youth - especially those who lack the financial resources to afford pre-professional training. Get to know this upbeat, committed and passionate creative woman.

Mar 8, 2016

Shonica Gooden

Shonica Gooden moves through life with talent, style and class. A passionate dancer, singer, actress who grew up in Atlanta, Shonica now calls the Big Apple home - performing on and off-Broadway. Her musical theater credits include the mega hit Hamilton, Bring it On: The Musical and Cinderella.  She's gone on the road with that show and Matilda, the Musical. Shonica's also performed with the American Dance Machine for the 21st Century.  She made her film debut in TED 2 in 2015. Shonica is warm, funny, and simply fabulous! 

Feb 23, 2016

Nikki Feirt Atkins

Dancer and doctor. Not your typical career path. But it's the one taken by Nikki Feirt Atkins. Learn how this former professional dancer and Founder/Producing Artistic DIrector of the American Dance Theater for the 21st Century manages two seemingly different (although she doesn't think so) disciplines - art and science. Nikki's story - personal and professional - is a fascinating and empowering one.

Jun 23, 2015

Mary John Frank

MaryJohn.jpgHouston native and New York-based artist Mary John Frank's creativity has taken her in several different directions. The choreographer and director has worked in film, on stage, music videos, fashion, multi-media and installation art. Her latest project - Debutaunt, is an inter-active dance-based show that explores the age old tradition of being presented to society. In her adapation, the audience is invited to attend a debutante ball and gets to know 5 VERY different debs. In a time when 'coming out' has taken on an entirely new meaning, the concept of a young woman being formally introduced to society is jarring. Oh, by the way, Mary John is a former deb herself.

Mar 24, 2015

Carol Tandava Henning

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Get to know funny and talented Carol Tandava Henning, actress, stand up comedienne and now... belly dancer. Carol says belly dance lessons changed her life - helping her heal both physically and emotionally after undergoing emergency abdominal surgery. Through wit and humor, she describes that journey in her solo show Blood on the Veil, which explores the healing and transformative power of dance.

Oct 1, 2013

Lisa Johnson-Willingham

Passion, talent, creativity, commitment...Lisa Johnson-Willingham has an abundant supply.

A member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 1993-1999, she's also choreographed for a number of other companies, ran several dance programs, including Ailey Camp Chicago and is currently Director of the Ailey Extension which offers more than 80 classes a week in over 25 different dance and fitness techniques.

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