Workshops & Facilitators
Candace Thompson-Zachery of Trinidad and Tobago, is a dancer/choreographer/cultural producer/personal trainer and a graduate of Adelphi University fluent in several dance forms including Modern, Contemporary, Caribbean, Afro-Diaspora with a specialty in Soca Dance. Candace is the founder of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE, an initiative to create space for Caribbean dance work in NYC and produces her own work through the project ContempoCaribe.
Workshop Description: Facilitated by CABD community facilitator, Candace Thompson-Zachery, A Movement of Many workshop takes participants on a journey of embodying various social dances while also exploring their own natural rhythmic movement pattern. This workshop is open to all regardless of dance ability or experience. Just be ready to move, interact and have fun!
Kadeem Alston-Roman, hails from Brooklyn, New York and attended LaGuardia High School. He has choreographed over 55 dance works in a variety of genres. His choreography has been featured Off-Broadway in Play The Music Softly and Alive 55+ & Kickin’ in which he received an AUDELCO Award nomination for Best Choreography. His work was also seen on television in CBS’ 60 Minutes.
In addition to his work with CABD, Kadeem is the co-director of Full Force Wellness & Dance Repertory, a holistic wellness and dance organization. He is also a dance teaching artist for Bailey's Cafe, The Joyce Theater and Lincoln Center.
Workshop Description: Facilitated by CABD community facilitator, Kadeem Alston-Roman, A Movement of Many workshop takes participants on a journey of embodying various social dances while also exploring their own natural rhythmic movement pattern. This workshop is open to all regardless of dance ability or experience. Just be ready to move, interact and have fun!
Ian Fields Stewart
Ian Fields Stewart (they/them/their) is a queer black gender-nonconforming storyteller working at the intersection of art and social justice. Their career is dedicated to deconstructing mainstream media forms and rebuilding them to reflect marginalized voices in our local and global communities. Ian can also be seen on Buzzfeed LGBT, the You Had Me at Black Podcast, and the Is it Transphobic Podcast. They are so grateful to be witness and support the power and truth of the viBe community as program manager, a viBeSolos director, and a member of viBeCompany. To learn more, please follow them at ianfieldsstewart.com.
Workshop Description: This workshop with provide participants with practical tools for creating devised theater with girls/young women of color about the issues that impact their lives.
Audrey Elaine Hailes
Audrey Elaine Hailes, is a dance-theatre artist raised in Washington DC. Committed to public performance as a necessary tool for wellness and revolution, she received a BFA in Experimental Theatre from NYU and is a 2013 Laundromat Project Professional Development Fellow. Audrey is a teaching artist, performer with the Dance Cartel and co-host of the women-run radio show Hip Hop and Her Family. Her work was recently commissioned by Gibney Dance and Dance Theatre Etc. Operating in the blessing of abundance, the support, fortification and history shared by family is the fuel behind her practice.
In 2004, Brian Polite was plucked from NYC’s underground club scene to dance on stage by Adia Tamar Whitaker. This led to dancing under the direction of various choreographers like Camille A. Brown and Nita Liem. He has facilitated dance workshops at Pratt Institute, Sara Lawrence College, and Oberlin College; presented lecture demonstrations on House Dance; and been a panelist at the 2018 Dance NYC Symposium and 2013 EMP Pop Conference at NYU. Brian is currently a member of Ase Dance Theatre Collective and co-founder of Afro Mosaic Soul Dance Collective.Project’s Create Change Residency program. He received his BA from the University of Puerto Rico and his MFA from St. Joost Art and Design Academy.