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Famed Multi-Disciplinary Artistic Genius Geoffrey Holder Transitions

Famed Multi-Disciplinary Artistic Genius Geoffrey Holder Transitions

By Bruce Hawkins [October 6, 2014] GEOFFREY HOLDER August 1, 1930 — October 5, 2014 [Port of Spain, Trinidad -- Manhattan, New York] Sources close to the family confirm that Geoffrey Holder passed peacefully Sunday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan, New York. He was a father, husband, painter, costume designer, photographer, dancer, actor, director, […]

Trina Parks — Dunham Stellar

Trina Parks — Dunham Stellar

Trina Parks Vocalist | Actor | Principal Dancer | Dunham Technique Trina Parks was born on (December 26) in Brooklyn, New York. Her father Charles Frazier, was a renowned tenor saxophonist with Cab Calloway’s orchestra. Parks majored in modern dance at the New York High School of Performing Arts. She also studied with Katherine Dunham […]

The Amazing Grace Company ~ An Inspirational Dance Company

The Amazing Grace Company ~ An Inspirational Dance Company

The Amazing Grace Company ~ An Inspirational Dance Company Amazing Grace is a company that serves as an outlet for  dancers of all genres with intermediate to professional skill levels. “Serving the world through dance; to feed the soul!” The Amazing Grace Dance Company was formed in 2006 by Kenya M.Griffin, and is the performing […]

Donald McKayle

Donald McKayle

Donald McKayle Pioneer/Choreographer Donald McKayle, recipient of honors and awards in every aspect of his illustrious career, has been named by the Dance Heritage Coalition as “one of America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: the First 100.” His choreographic masterworks, considered modern dance classics, Games, Rainbow Round My Shoulder, District Storyville, and Songs of the Disinherited are   […]

George Faison

George Faison

George Faison Choreographer/Director/Producer For more than forty years, George Faison has been a driving force in the  theater as well as film, video, television, concert dance, concert  staging, television commercials and trade shows. George is  internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among  the world’s most important directors, choreographers and writers and is  known […]

Nanette Rohan Bearden

Nanette Rohan Bearden

Nanette Rohan Bearden January 20, 1927 — 1996 Nanette Rohan Bearden, a noted dancer and choreographer, was born on Staten Island, New York, on January 20, 1927. Nanette was also a model while pursuing her dance career. She was one of the first African-American fashion models to appear in commercial advertisements for a variety of […]

Louis Johnson

Louis Johnson

Louis Johnson Louis Johnson was born in Statesville, North Carolina, and spent most of his childhood in Washington, D.C. After initial study at the Doris Jones-Clara Haywood School of Dance he moved to New York in 1950 to accept a scholarship at the School of American Ballet. In 1952 Johnson performed with the New York […]

“Shorty” George Snowden

“Shorty” George Snowden

“Shorty” George Snowden (July 4, 1904 – May 1982) “Shorty” George Snowden was an American dancer in Harlem during the 1920s and 1930s. He is popularly credited with coining the name “Lindy Hop” for a popular partner swing dance of the day. He is also often credited with inventing the dance, though this is unsubstantiated. [The […]

Valjeanne Taylor Grigsby

Valjeanne Taylor Grigsby

Valjeanne Taylor Grigsby (July 28, 1923 — August 18, 1999) Former Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education, Clark College, and retired Dance Educator and Teacher in the Atlanta Public Schools, Mrs. Grigsby was trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Tap and International Dance.  She studied under Jose Limon, June Taylor, Syvilla Fort, Luigi, Don […]

Berto Pasuka

Berto Pasuka

Berto Pasuka (1920 — 1963) Berto Pasuka was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1920.  At the age of 19, he traveled to London and began his journey in dance.  He had studied dance while in Jamaica and performed native songs and dances for tourists with a local troupe. Through many personal sacrifices, Pasuka formed a […]

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