EBONY NOELLE GOLDEN, CONSULTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT
Ebony Noelle Golden serves as the Consulting Director of Education and Engagement working in partnership with Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Golden is also a performance artist, scholar, and strategist. Recent and forthcoming works include: an Open Call Commission by The Shed, a world premiere commission by The National Black Theatre, and a public artist residency (PAIR) by the Office of Cultural Affairs and The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.
Ebony creates site-specific rituals and live art installations that explore the complexities of freedom in the time of now. She is a resident artist at Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at NYU and also lectures on black feminist/womanist theatre and experimental performance at New School and community-based practice in the M.A./M.F.A. program in Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt.
Learn more about Ebony’s creative and consulting work at bettysdaughterarts.com
AUDREY HAILES, EBM COMMUNITY FACILITATOR
Audrey Elaine Hailes is a dance-theatre artist raised in Washington DC. She received her BFA in Experimental Theatre from NYU and is a teaching artist currently performing with the Dance Cartel, Paloma McGregor, Maria Bauman, and Ebony Golden amongst others. Her choreography has been commissioned by and seen at Gibney Dance, Dance Theatre Etc, Movement Research, BAAD and New York Live Arts.
CANDACE THOMPSON-ZACHERY, EBM COMMUNITY FACILITATOR
Candace Thompson, a Brooklyn resident from Trinidad and Tobago, is a dancer, choreographer, certified fitness professional and cultural producer. She is the beauty and brains behind CanDanceFit, Artistic Director of ContempoCaribe, a choreography and performance project that embodies the plurality of experiences within the Caribbean Diaspora, and the Founding Executive Director of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE (DCC).
DCC is a collaborative and organising 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 cultural events leading up to the annual New Traditions Festival. Candace is a graduate of Adelphi University's BFA in Dance with the Ruth St. Denis Award for excellence from the dance department. Currently, Candace does in-home training for clients in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and teaches Soca Dance at Mark Morris Dance Center.
Other special accreditations include being a part of the inaugural Dancing While Black Fellowship Cohort 2015/2016, Adelphi University's 2016/2017 10 Under 10 program for young alumni, Dixon Place Artist-in-Residence program for fall 2017 and the 2018 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy through National Arts Strategies and the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a 1st year in the Curatorial Practice in Performance program at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.
DESMOND SEYMOUR, BMM COMMUNITY LIASON & FACILITOR
Desmond Seymour is the founder of Doula For Dad, an educator, scientist, & artist who does the majority of his work in Brooklyn. His company Doula For Dad focuses on educating current & future fathers skills such as bonding with baby in utero, learning skills to ease birthing process for pregnant partners, basic sex education, supporting pregnant people, and building a community of fathers that will support one another nationwide. Desmond is a graduate of Florida A&M and Georgetown Universities with a wide variety of professional experience from political campaign field manager to laboratory scientist.
KADEEM ALSTON-ROMAN, EBM COMMUNITY FACILITATOR
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.
PIA MURRAY, EBM COMMUNITY FACILITATOR
Pia Monique Murray is known as a jack of all trades in the dance industry, having been a choreographer, performer, teacher, arts administrator, stage, tour/company manager, and rehearsal assistant. She has worked with nora chipaumire, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Paloma McGregor, Dianne McIntyre, Blondell Cummings, Vangeline, Katsura Kan, Pedro Ruiz, and Michelle Gibson in various capacities. Pia has been a teaching artist for Urban Arts Partnership, Dreamyard Project, Brooklyn Arts Council, Dancewave, and Mark DeGarmo & Dancers. As a Lincoln Center Scholar she obtained a master’s degree in dance education from Hunter College and graduated with high honors as a member of the National Honors Society for Dance. She performs contemporary dance company with RAKIA!, traditional dance from Côte d’Ivoire with Vado Diomande’s Kotchegna Dance Company, and leads Pia Monique Murray Dance Collective (PMMDC). As an educator Pia’s pedagogy combines art education (expanding student experiences through various art media) and aesthetic education (engaging with works of art through various learning modalities). By creating, performing, responding to, and connecting to dance, students learn to apply tools, skills, and concepts in various situations in order to achieve a goal or express an idea. Pia’s classes don’t just develop strong and flexible dancers, but more importantly smart dancers that can apply their acquired skills to any endeavor they pursue in life.
VERONEQUE IGNACE,EBM PROJECT COORDINATOR
Veroneque Ignace is a performance artists, public health practitioner, Haitian feminist theorist, and participatory arts researcher born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn, life's work is dedicated to achieving her long term goal to "seamlessly combine her passion for Haiti, people, and dance in such a way that allows for large scale healing.” She uses dance and writing to merge her passion for public health and global health. With her movement she hopes complicate methods to social change and health equity, connecting spiritual balance and self-understanding to modes of recovery and restoration. She says, "my movement codifies a history and language which I have inherited. In Haiti dance and music become the guardians of tradition. Everywhere though, Dance and music, together are expression and I need them to communicate.” In 2016, Ignace founded Kriyol Dance! Collective, a collective of artist-leaders, to incite the unapologetic voices of Black arts, and Haitian culture in particular, through collaborative and unified work and intervention. In 2018, she began actively building an archive for Lakou Societe St. Michel Archange.
She is an alum of SUNY Downstate School of Public Health. Learn more about her work: www.veronequeignace.com
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.