“The dancers are incredibly-dynamic, demanding, and emotive…By using humor, by making the audience laugh and invoking a physical, measurable response to the work, we become involved in the performance.”
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Chanel fell in love with dance at the age of three. She studied at The Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center and also studied at Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn under the tutelage of Jamel Gaines, Kevin Joseph, and Lakai Worrell. Her training continued at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, The Ailey School and Springboard Danse Montreal. She received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, where she performed works by Ohad Naharin, Eliot Feld, Doug Varone, Edgar Zendejas, Jessica Lang and Robert Battle. Chanel is a 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and also a 2011 Princess Grace Dance Honorarium Awardee. From 2008 – 2014 Chanel was a member of Trey McIntyre Project where she was a muse for many of Mr. McIntyre’s works. Chanel is excited to join the Camille A. Brown & Dancers family.
JUEL D. LANE
JUEL D. LANE (Assistant to Brown) is orgigally from Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Tri-Cities Visual and Performing Arts High School in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduation, he pursued a contemporary dance education at North Carolina School of the Arts. He danced with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence from 2003-2008- touring nationally and internationally. He has also had the opportunity to perform in various pieces by distinguished choreographers such as Souloworks/Andrea E. Woods and Dancers, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Ebony Ruffin, and Camille A. Brown. Mr. Lane has assisted Ms. Brown on pieces for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Cornish College.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, WALDEAN NELSON began his dance training at the age of 13 under the direction of Ms. Carol Lonnie. From there he continued his training at The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jacob’s Pillow – Contemporary Traditions Program, Philadanco, the Ailey school and Springboard Danse Montreal. In 2009, Waldean received his B.A. in Growth and Structure of Cities and a minor in Dance from Haverford College. He has performed works by Robert Battle, Elisa Monte, Francine E. Ott, Ohad Naharin and Judith Jamison. He had the privilege to work with Ronald K. Brown/ Evidence, a dance company and Jose Navas/ Compagnie Flak. He joined Camille A. Brown and Dancers in 2011.
MORA-AMINA PARKER is a native of San Francisco, California, and is a graduate from San Francisco School of the Arts. She has had the fortune of performing with various dance companies, such as Savage Jazz Dance Company, Robert Moses’ Kin, Danco’ 2, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Jeanne Ruddy Dance, and Philadanco. During her career she has had the express pleasure of working with Alonzo King, Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar, Ronald K. Brown, Christopher L. Huggins, Fred Benjamin, and Carmen de Lavallade. Along with her passion for dance, she has recently be come a certified classical Pilates instructor. This is her third year working with Camille A. Brown & Dancers.
WILLIE “TRE” SMITH III
WILLIE “TRE” SMITH III is a native of Charlotte, NC began his training at the age of ten at Weir Dancing, Inc and numerous other intensives such as Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Philadanco, and International Ballet Classique. After graduating with honors from Northwest School of the Arts he continued his education and training at The University of the Arts. Willie graduated in 2009 with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Willie was a member of Eleone Dance Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and is currently a member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Willie has performed with Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Noir, Waheed Works, Ballet Folkloric Di’Haiti, Collage Dance collective, and on Americas Got Talent.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, KEON THOULOUIS first began his dance training at age 15. He was part of a small neighborhood dance ensemble under the direction of Velda Honeywell, and entitled Honey Plus One. Keon was the plus one. He attended the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts, where his technical training began in Ballet and Graham based modern. His teachers we’re Brunilda Ruiz, Deborah Zall, Eisa King, Joey Smith, Michelle Mathesius, and Penny Frank. At the same time he attended Alvin Ailey American Dance Center on Scholarship. Upon leaving High School he also attended The Juilliard School. Keon has also worked with well known teachers and choreographers such as Aubrey Lynch, Brian Thomas, Bridget Moore, Camille A. Brown, Denise Jefferson, Earl Mosley, Jermaine Brown, Kevin Wynn, Linda Kent, Mathew Rushing, Ronald K. Brown, and Sylvia Waters among others. He also had the opportunity of performing with recording artist Tamia and was in the televised Michael Jackson 30th anniversary special and danced with the King of Pop himself. Keon would just like to thank his mom Janet Cynthia Thoulouis and his entire family for being such a strong support in this life of dance. I Love You.
FRANCINE ELIZABETH OTT
FRANCINE ELIZABETH OTT, a native of New Orleans, began her formal training at 15 with the TKD Dance Academy under the direction of Tanis Dasher and Michelle Gibson. She received her B.F.A in Dance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and studied at many dance intensives, including the American Dance Festival and Jacobï¿½s Pillow, where she received scholarships. Francine has worked and danced with Karen Arceneaux, Camille A. Brown, Brian Green, Tony Kundu, Kwame A. Ross, and Kelly White, among others. She has taught for the Family Dynamics After-School Program, the Beacon Center, the Better Brooklyn Community Center and she currently teaches at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. Her work has been showcased at This Woman’s Work 2007, Herbert Von King Park-Summerstage, The Harlem School of the Arts Theater, A Story of Her Steps/Bric Studios, Passions Dance Project ’06, Dance Harlem 06-07, Dixon Place, International Association of Blacks in Dance, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Mulberry Street Theater. She has assisted Ms. Brown on works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women, and Reflections Dance Company. Ms. Ott is now a member of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence.
MARLENA WOLFE was born and raised in Warren, Ohio. In May 2007, she graduated summa cum laude and received a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan. Upon graduation, Ms. Wolfe was awarded the highest honor from the MMC Dance Department, a Gold Key, for excellence in her field. While at Marymount, Marlena had the opportunity to perform the works of many notable choreographers including Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Doug Varone, and Robert Battle.
Professionally, Marlena has danced for Mimi Garrard, Twyla Tharp, and Robert Battle. She was a member of Robert Battle’s company Battleworks for four years and performed Battle’s works across the States, including a notable solo Ella that Battle created specially on Wolfe in 2007. She assisted Mr. Battle in the creation of many works and staged such works on colleges (MMC, NYU, Purchase College), conservatories (The Juilliard School, Peridance Capezio Center’s Certificate Program), and companies nationally and internationally (River North Dance Chicago and Introdans, consecutively). Marlena has taught master classes at various colleges (MMC, NYU) and summer programs (Earl Mosley Institute for the Arts, Young Dancemakers Company) as well as substitute taught at conservatories (Alvin Ailey Pre-Professional Program, The Joffrey Ballet School/Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Division, American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Programs). In the Spring 2011, Marlena returned to her alma mater, Marymount, and was an adjunct instructor.
Most recently, Ms. Wolfe was featured on the cover of Dance Informa’s May 2012 Edition. She humbly collaborated with Igal Perry and created two original sections of choreography for Mr. Perry’s production of the Nutcracker (2012). Marlena is the Certificate Program and Summer Intensive Coordinator at Peridance Capezio Center as well as a member of the School at Peridance Faculty. Marlena is honored to be a member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers since February 2012.
Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher Timothy Edwards, a Hawaii native, began his journey into dance at the age of fourteen when he stepped in his first dance class, African dance. From that day on his teacher, Desiree Kramer, would give him the tools and inspiration to pursue his new found dance dream.
Timothy received his B.A. in Dance at Hunter College and is now working with Camille A. Brown and Dancers, David Dorfman Dance Company, Christal Brown and John Zullo Raw Movements as well as other NYC based companies and choreographers.
Timothy has worked and performed with Nicole Wolcott, Eva Dean Dance company, Wendell Cooper, David Capps/ dances, Gerald Otte and Compay, Monica Bill Barnes, Robin Dunn’s Middleground DanceTheater and The IndoRican Dance Company.
Fana Fraser, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, discovered her love for dance at The Caribbean School of Dancing. She is an Honors graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, where she performed works by Nacho Duato, Igal Perry, Martha Graham, William Forsythe and at The Holland Dance Festival. She has had additional training at Springboard Danse Montreal, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Fana has performed with Ailey II, The Francesca Harper Project, Sidra Bell Dance NY, The Metropolitan Opera, Oui Danse and with visual artist Ryan McNamara. She has also worked as a rehearsal assistant for Darrell Grand Moultrie and has been featured on the popular web reality series Dance(212). As a teaching artist, Fana is a Licensed Gyrotonic® Instructor, a faculty member at Purelements in Brooklyn and a member of the Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre in residency at NYC public schools. Fana is very happy to have joined Camille A. Brown and Dancers in 2013.
MAYTE NATALIO was born and raised in Queens, NY. She began dancing at the age of 3 several at several neighborhood dance schools. She then attended the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts as well as Ballet Hispanico and Dance Theater of Harlem. Mayte received her BFA from SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance. Mayte has toured internationally with the Parsons Dance Company, was a member Ogunquit Playhouse’s Production of Elton John’s Aida, performed with Roger C. Jeffrey’s Subtle Changes Inc., Nathan Trice’s Rituals and Kyle Abraham/A.I.M. She toured with the French pop star, Mylene Farmer and has also performed with Kanye West. She has danced the works of choreographers, Jose Limon, Kevin Wynn, Megan Williams, Michael Blake, Margie Gillis and Shawn Hounsell. Mayte first worked with Camille A. Brown around 2004 and has been a member of CAB&D since 2010.
From West New York, NJ, Beatrice began her dance training at Amaryllis Dance Academy. She attended Professional Performing Arts High school and studied as a scholarship student at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. At Alvin Ailey, she was featured in the book “Attitude, eight young dancers come of age at the Ailey school” by Katherine Davis Fishman. She then graduated from the University Of North Carolina School of the Arts and at Montclair State University with a Dance Education Degree. Ms. Capote has worked and/ or continues to work with INSPIRIT, a dance company, Mavericks dance company, The Wells Performance Project, Areytos Performance Works, Kyle Abraham/ Abraham. In. Motion, Antonio Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Christal Brown, Frederick Earl Mosley, Matthew Rushing, and Camille A. Brown and Dancers. She is currently faculty at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University, and is excited to be working with Camille A. Brown and Dancers.
From Washington, DC, Catherine received her training from the DC Youth Ensemble (DCYE), Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She was a finalist and 2nd place winner in the National Arts Recognition, in Miami, Fla. and a recipient of the Astaire Award for Best Broadway Female Ensemble. She has worked with and performed the works of noted choreographers including Kevin “Iega” Jeff, Donald Bryd, Hinton Battle. The Fred Benjamin Dance Company (artistic director Fred Benja¬min),Forces of Nature (artistic director, Abdel Salaam), Darrel grand Moultrie, and Camille A. Brown and dancers ( artistic director, Camille Brown). Catherine made her Broadway debut in the original cast of the hit musical FELA! produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith in 2009 and went on to tour internationally with the production until 2011. Catherine has performed throughout North America to as far as Central and South America, Europe, and Africa. She is a certified dance/fitness instructor and teaches regularly in after school programs. She gives thanks to all of her ancestors and loved ones for her success and guidance.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers present authentic performances that foster dialogue among audiences and local communities to instill a sense of curiosity and appreciation for the live arts experience in a social and aesthetic context.
Embodying a strong sense of storytelling, the company uses theatricality and the aesthetics of Modern, Hip hop, African, Ballet, and Tap, to tell stories that connect history with contemporary culture; on a journey for meaning, understanding and relevancy. Through our work we seek to provoke, engage, inspire, and develop a sphere of influence for cultural dialogue and reflection.
About Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Known for high theatricality, gutsy moves and virtuosic musicality, Camille A. Brown & Dancers soar through history like a whirlwind. The company’s work explores typical, real life situations ranging from literal relationships to more complex themes with an eye on the past and present. Making a personal claim on history, through the lens of a modern female perspective, Camille A. Brown leads her dancers through dazzling excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional, as well as immediate contemporary issues. The work is strongly character based, expressing whatever the topic is by building from little moments, modeling a filmic sensibility. Theater, poetry, visual art and music of all genres merge to inject each performance with energy and urgency.
“Every aspect of the dance-making here is thoroughly accomplished”
-The New York Times
The ensemble has performed in many venues both nationally and internationally, including The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, The Skirball Center, Aaron Davis Hall, Fire Island Dance Festival (DRA), Symphony Space, Dance Place, Washington, DC; Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, Seattle, WA; and Perry-Mansfield’s New Works Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO.
“a tour de force ”
– Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
These opportunities are possible because of the serious movers and incredible performers in the company who are able to act and dance, step into the world of history, and come soaring into the present. Camille A. Brown & Dancers seek to connect with people, make them feel good, provoke, engage, and inspire. Let’s begin.