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Camille A. Brown & Dancers is committed to engaging audiences and empowering communities through dance and dialogue, both nationally and internationally. We pride ourselves not only in presenting authentic performances, but also in creating safe spaces that foster collective learning and individual growth.


 

EBM TEAM

ANGEL KABA, EBM COMMUNITY FACILITATOR

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Angel Kaba is a multidisciplinary artist whose work revolves around creative empowerment. She began her artistic career in ballet at the age of 6 which she pursued for 15 years before creating her own performing company, Contre-Tendance, in Brussels, Belgium. Contre-Tendance promotes culture and arts through the voices of young, potential and confirmed artists focusing on minorities and first generation immigrants. We support, mentor and help nurture their projects to completion.

Through Contre-Tendance, her love and interest in storytelling led her to create, direct and showcase her first musical, Elya’s Dream. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s freedom speech, Elya’s Dream told the story of a young girl’s dream to dance despite her parents’ financial circumstances. This musical tackled the issue of society intolerance around cultural diversity through Elya’s adventures as she discovers nations via dance and music. Compared to a hip-hop version of Alice in Wonderland, the musical has won several awards and was showcased in Belgium and France attracting audiences of over 2000 people.

In addition, after conducted research on urban african immigrant and african american experiences, Angel created her own dance technique “Ka’frican” which is a combination of Hip Hop foundation with an AfroUrban dance styles. The social aspect of this discipline creates an environment where artists are able to appreciate, share and contribute to various African cultures through dance.

AUDREY HAILES, EBM COMMUNITY FACILITATOR

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Audrey Elaine Hailes is a dance-theatre artist raised in Washington DC. She received her BFA in Experimental Theatre from NYU. 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 choreography has been commissioned and curated by Gibney Dance, Dance Theatre Etc, Ebony Golden (Movement Research and BAAD) and Andre Zachary (New York Live Arts).

BABAY L. ANGLES, EBM ENGAGEMENT ASSISTANT

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Babay L. Angles (Angelica Janabajal Tolentino) is a Brooklyn, NY-based, interdisciplinary performance artist, educator, and activist of Filipino descent. She was raised in San Diego, CA. She holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UCSD and an MA in Education and Social Justice. She has cyphered/battled in the styles of Breaking and Rocking with Time II Rock Crew and Soul Heavy Crew. Currently, her solo work, “May Malas Sa Loob Pero May Datating Pa,” explores the horrors and pains of the fragmented and maladaptive Pilipinx psyche in its process of decolonization. It has been supported by Gibney Dance’s Work Up 4.0 and Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative Public Performance and Action Fellowship.

CANDACE THOMPSON-ZACHERY, EBM COMMUNITY FACILITATOR

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Candace Thompson, a Trinidad and Tobago native, is a dancer, choreographer, certified fitness professional and cultural producer. She is the beauty and brains behindCanDanceFit, Artistic Director of ContempoCaribe and Founding Executive Director of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE. Her dance training is extensive, beginning in Trinidad and Tobago, where she received instruction in modern dance and ballet, at La Danse Caraibe under Heather Henderson-Gordon. She is a graduate of Adelphi University's BFA in Dance with the Ruth St. Denis Award for excellence from the dance department, and has gone on to work in various dance styles including Afro- Caribbean, Classical Modern, Modern/Contemporary, Contemporary Floor Technique, Jazz, Soca and West African.

CanDanceFit, a personal training, corrective exercise and movement instruction entity, serves clients and studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn, conveniently bringing holistic fitness, exercise, dance and movement programs to fitness enthusiasts short on time, but big on quality and to studios delivering high quality training. Currently, Candace does in-home training for clients in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and teaches Soca at Mark Morris Dance Center.

Candace produces her own dance work under two umbrellas: ContempoCaribe andDance Caribbean COLLECTIVE. ContempoCaribe is a choreography and performance project creating art that embodies the plurality of experiences within the Caribbean Diaspora. ContempoCaribe's work has been performed at Dance Caribbean Collective's New Traditions Festival, COCO Dance Festival (Trinidad), Dancing While Black:jumpin fences, Dance Enthusiast's Moving Caribbean in NYC, Draftwork and Danspace Project among others. Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE is a collaborative and organizing body, creating platforms for artists developing work from a Caribbean perspective, to show their work within the local diaspora community in NYC. DCC produces a season of Caribbean cultural events leading up to the annual New Traditions Festival. As a performer, Candace is attracted to work that is challenging both physically and emotionally, and is especially motivated to dance the stories of the Caribbean and its Diaspora. Her performing experience spans two regions: Trinidad and Tobago and North America.

EBONY NOELLE GOLDEN, ENGAGEMENT & EDUCATION CONSULTANT

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Ebony Noelle Golden is the CEO and principal engagement strategist at Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC. BDAC is a NYC-based cultural arts direct action group that works to inspire, instigate, and incite transformation, radical expressiveness, and progressive social change through community-designed, culturally-relevant, creative projects. The Houston, TX native is also an accomplished performance artist, poet, director, and choreographer who stages site-specific rituals and live art performances that profoundly explore the complexities of freedom in the time of now.

Ebony has worked with Camille A. Brown & Dancers for 4 years. Learn more at www.bettysdaughterarts.com

KADEEM ALSTON-ROMAN, EBM COMMUNITY FACILITATOR

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Kadeem Alston-Roman hails from Brooklyn, New York and has choreographed over 55 dance pieces in a variety of dance genres that include: modern/contemporary, neo-classical ballet, street-jazz, Broadway jazz, tap, West African, South African and liturgical dance.

He has showcased his work at Madison Square Garden, The Prudential Center, American College Dance Festival, Harlem Summer Stage, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Charles Moore Dance Theater, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University, SUNY Newpaltz, Laguardia Arts, Bric Studios, Brooklyn Friends School, The Secret Theater, St. Francis College, Red Hook Festival, St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church, St. Luke’s Theater, Dance New Amsterdam and the Harkness Dance Center. It was here in which he was considered one of the "top seven emerging choreographers in New York City". His choreography has also been featured Off- Broadway in Play The Music Softly, Alive 55+, and Kickin’ in which he received an AUDELCO Award nomination for Best Choreography. His work has also been seen on CBS’ 60 Minutes.

He is the co-director of Full Force Wellness & Dance Repertory, a holistic wellness & dance organization based in midtown Manhattan, as well as a dance faculty member for Brooklyn Friends School and dance teaching artist for Lincoln Center and The Joyce Theater. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and the Performing Arts (The Fame School) and received his B.A. in Dance from Muhlenberg College.