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Equity is the Word. Equity is for All.

I spent thrilling couple of days with Teaching Artists, Administrators, Advocates, Arts Leaders &Enthusiasts, Grantors and Facilitators during the Teaching Artist Institute Workshop at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

I'd just returned home the day before from a week amongst Culturalists, Historians, Storytellers, Artists and Delegates of the Caribbean/African Diaspora for Carifesta XIV . I continue to lay the ground work for what a Dance Scholar at large looks like today, what she/he does and how can they contribute to the network and community of the Performing Arts. I think back on my previous years as a Professional Performer and how I was able to transfer this is into curriculum as a Teaching Artist for students that provide them with the basics tools, the technique as well as exposure to the artistry of dance.

So much has changed over the course of time yet a lot remains the same, the purpose of learning different art forms is to discover, explore and unco…
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Teaching Artists that Change the Game

You can just turn on your television you'll see the effects that isolation, self-inflicted hatred and violence, poor mental health, bullying, suicide, lack of support and humanity has on a larger society. It is now, that we can expect an spontaneous mass shooting in public spaces as casual as the cocks crowing in the morning air, and in fact we've come to learn since the Washington DC sniper that this level of danger American citizens are exposed to have no boundaries.

Popular music and culture which dominates about 75% of our networks only scratch the surface of these topics through creative mediums that seem to amplify its existence more so than deter it.

However, Native Washingtonian and predecessor of spoken word and rap music culture, Gil Scott Heron said it best in the 1970's when stated that The Revolution will not be Televised.

Art has on record, transformed lives throughout generations: boldly, powerfully and with an influence on our nations ethical infrastructure…

Inaugural Dance Our Legacy Scholarship Award Ceremony

On Sunday June 9th, Prince George's County Dance Community Presented the Inaugural Dance Our Legacy Scholar

ship Award to Ms. Ambar Matos Ortiz.

Founder, Curator and Director of Scholarship Affairs: Kayla Harley teamed up with the county local museum in Brentwood, Maryland which honors Black Culture, Aesthetic, History and Heritage year round, the Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center. The scholarship recognizes exceptional merit and talent in the lives of young people who perform exceptionally well in the field of dance onstage, in-studio as well as in school academically. It's title, "Legacy" is in homage to the predecessors of Dance who set the standard for Excellence beyond passion and performance, in honor of all the supporters, contributors, advocates and educator throughout the Year in the charge and challenge that we give to our Young People to see it through and carry out.

Ms. Ortiz shared excerpts from her submission essay about he…

Spotlight WOE: Paige Fraser

ExcellentThis Young Lady is a STAR.

Although it is hard work, requires sacrifice, extreme compromise, flexibility, intelligence and creativity.....she makes life as an Award-Winning Dancer, Model, Performer and Face of an Arts Foundation look easy.

Ms. Paige Fraser is our recognized Woman of Excellence, in the March Month of Women's Empowerment.

This Bronx Native and Dance Scholar has worked work renown Dance Artists and Choreographers throughout the World. She's represented thee prestigious historically Modern Dance Company of our time, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company II and can found on billboard and advertisement across lands.

Her sweet spirit transcends in any interview, conversation, talk or television premiere to endeavors and her ferocious dancing translates Power and Presence onstage. For the past five (5) Seasons Fraser has been with Visceral Dance Chicago as a company member, but has epically made her mark throughout the Chicagoland region in more ways…

The Master behind the Mix

It is a privilege to be here with Musician + Producer Darryl Hoffman also known as "DJ" whose work just made its premiere at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Festival/Conference in February of 2019 with dance piece titled Endangered Species, created by Internationally-renowned Dancer, Choreographer Anthony Burrell set on the Philadelphia Dance Company, Philadanco! His work has been featured in and throughout the Chicago dance scene collaborating with such influential companies as Visceral Dance Chicago and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Audiences have become intrigued by the musical scores of this young talent and would like to learn more about the Master behind the Mix and the inspiration for the work he is doing. 
KH: Thank you for sharing with us Darryl! The Dance Our Legacy Scholarship is Community Outreach and an Excellence Initiative yes, but we also encouraged the emergence of full artistry in the lives of young dancers today who aspire to have a professi…

Excellence with COLOR, Culture and Creativity

We are just about ready to close out the 2018 year. It has been inspiring to work alongside and or admire from a distance a few exceptional women we known as, Women of Excellence.

In the Spirit of BECOMING as Former First Lady Michelle Obama puts it in her autobiography-- we never reach a final, finished or finite place but instead we Evolve continuing to learn and grow into the persons who are today.

This winter season we'd like to recognize two WOE whose lives speak to dedication and hard work they've put into that which they love  this year. They are two different worlds existing and thriving on opposite ends of the country but making a dynamic and colorful impression upon their communities. 
Shira Greenberg Founder + Artistic Director of Keshet Center for the Arts in Albuquerque, NM 

This year Keshet Launched their very first Makers Space Experience a two-part residency series for dance incubation, choreography and showcase with Artists from around the nation.

They also too…

Spotlight WOE: Upliftologist on Ted Talks

God is doing great things in the lives of those who diligently seek [him]. Hebrews 11: 6
This week, Women of Excellence places the spotlight on one of Most High's brightest children:
Adebisi Adebowale
A native Washingtonian and two-time graduate of the George Washington University, Adebisi Adebowale is a Coach, Speaker, and the world's only Upliftologist™. She is passionate about working with college-bound Millennials, and through her company, Upliftology™, she works to help students transition from debt and doubt to scholarship and success. To date, Adebisi's clients have earned over $2 million dollars in scholarships for their educational pursuits, and boast of attending schools such as Columbia University, Syracuse University, and University of California- Berkeley, among others. Her work has been featured in MadameNoire, BET Awards events, and Essence Music Festival. She loves pizza, football and the city of Paris! This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conf…