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Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen Artistic Director Debbie Allen continues to be one of the most respected, relevant, and versatile talents in the entertainment industry today and is an internationally recognized director, choreographer and author. As Culture Connect Ambassador, Ms. Allen represented the U.S. in visits to Brazil, China, Italy, and India expanding the opportunities in arts education […]

Iantha L. Tucker

Iantha L. Tucker

BIOGRAPHY Dr. Iantha L. Tucker Dr. Iantha L. Tucker, a product of the Baltimore City Public Schools, received the R.N. from Harlem Hospital School of Nursing, the B.S. and M.S. from Morgan State College and the Ed. D. in Dance Education from New YorkUniversity. She is a retired Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Physical […]

Cornelius Kweku (C. K.) Ganyo

Cornelius Kweku (C. K.) Ganyo

  Uncle C.K. Ganyo (August 26, 1937 — February 20, 2003) Cornelius Kweku (C. K.) Ganyo, a legendary Ghanaian master drummer dancer, died February 20, 2003 at the age of 65. Many people knew him as Uncle C. K. or Nana C. K., terms of endearment for a man who dedicated his life to preserving […]

Kenya M. Griffin

Kenya M. Griffin

Kenya M. Griffin Artistic Director/Choreographer/Principal Dancer The choreography that Kenya Griffin has constructed over the past 20 years entails movement that gives life to music.  Her concepts and creativity strives to compliment, and inspire all those that witness the motion of ‘The Amazing Grace Dance Company’. Kenya’s early training was with the Atlanta Dance Theater […]

Ann M. Williams

Ann M. Williams

Ann M. Williams Founder/Artistic Director, Dallas Black Dance Theatre Ann M. Williams, founder and artistic director of Dallas Black Dance Theatre, is a founding member of the Dance Council and The International Association of Blacks in Dance. Ms. Williams received her early dance training under Barbara Hollis (a member of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company), […]

Joan Myers Brown

Joan Myers Brown

Joan Myers Brown Founder, The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILANDANCO) Founder, The IABD Joan Myers Brown is the founder of The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) and The Philadelphia School of Dance Arts. She serves as honorary chairperson for the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), an organization she established in 1991. She also founded the […]

Lonnie Davis

Lonnie Davis

Lonnie Davis Choreographer/Educator/Artistic Director Lonnie E. Davis Jr., introduced to the world of dance by the renowned director/choreographer, Baba Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble-NC.  After being granted a scholarship to the American Dance Festival at Duke University, Lonnie was immersed “head first” at age 18 into his professional dance training. His summer […]

Leni Wylliams

Leni Wylliams

Leni Wylliams In Loving Memory 1961-1996 Co-Founder, Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company Artists in Residence, University of Kansas City Leni Wylliams was born and raised in Denver, Colorado.  In 1982, he moved to New York City to work as a soloist with such companies as Jose Limon, Eleo Pomare, Netherlands Danse Theatre, Pina Bausch, Paul […]

Abdel R. Salaam

Abdel R. Salaam

Abdel R. Salaam Executive Artistic Director/Choreographer Abdel Salaam attended Herbert H. Lehman College as an undergraduate from 1968-1973 in their first B.F.A. in Dance Program. He received his additional Dance Education from Clark Center for the Performing Arts, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, The Chuck Davis Dance Academy, The Eleo Pomare Dance Center, The […]

Walter Rutledge

Walter Rutledge

Walter Rutledge Editor in Chief, Out and About (O&A) NYC Magazine Walter Rutledge is a choreographer, director, playwright, author, visual artist and teacher. As a performer, Rutledge has danced with the Harkness Dance Theatre, The Harkness Ballet of New York, The Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theatre, and his own company, The Crew. His original theatrical […]

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