What Moves You? @ Michael Bishop


Michael Bishop: Artistic Director/Dancer/Choreographer
Gulfport, MS

What Moves You? 
“I am moved by the very nature of humanity. Art is a reflection of its time and as an artist, I want to create work that speaks to the truth of my era while also challenging the perspectives of those involved in an effort to move towards a better tomorrow.”

Michael Bishop, a native of Mississippi, started dancing at age 21 at Belhaven University. While in school Michael toured internationally with T.A.L.K Dance Company, was the assistant choreographer for the 2010 International Ballet Competition closing ceremonies and won the Bezalel Award for outstanding artistic achievement for his senior class. Upon graduating from Belhaven with a BFA in dance and choreography and moved to New York and started training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Independent Study Program. Michael then toured with the International European Tour of West Side Story 2012-2014, performed with numerous companies nationally, set several premier works for the Forza Malizia Dance Company, taught and choreographed for the Sangre De Cristo summer intensive, began preparations for the development of his own dance company and is currently working with Bill T. Jones through Opera Philadelphia. Michael is an AGMA Union member and SAG-AFTRA Eligible as well as a model for Jianhui London.

For more: http://mjuanbishop1.wixsite.com/juanbishop1

Photo Credits: Darlena Chiem, IG: darlenaChiem

What Moves You @ Alejandra Mancia


Alejandra Mancia: Dance Enthusiast, Model, and Fashion Blogger
New York, NY

What Moves You?
“For me, it’s simply keeping it real. I am to keep transparency because I believe in the healing that comes in sharing your story with others. I have shared my experience with mental health and the pressures of modeling. My goal is to continue sharing. Growth, an open heart, and an open mind are what move me. And empathy. Always empathy!”

For more, follow @eclecticinthecity

Photo Credit @ Chris Astrouski

What Moves You? @ J’royce Jata


J’royce Jata: Artist
Jacksonville, Florida

What Moves You? 
“What inspires me changes much like the moon. I’m inspired by different moments of life. Recently I’ve been led to transfer my emotional and mental anger/frustration regarding the intersections of being a queer artist of color in America into positive acts (movement) of healing.”

Originally from the coast of Florida I moved to New York about 4 years ago at 19 years old with $20 dollars and a lot of persistence. I studied Jazz & Contemporary at Joffrey Ballet School before booking my first national tour, Memphis as the Male Swing, followed by Fame as Tyrone Jackson. I just want to change the world with my art.

For more: @jroycejah / jroycejata.com

What Moves You? @ Angelique Laurin


Angelique Laurin: Dancer
Washington D.C. Area

What Moves You? 
“The power in the possibility is what moves me.”


I am originally from metropolitan area where I spent most of my training at Duke Ellington School of The Arts, Dance Institute of Washington, and Dance Theatre of Harlem Residency Program. Upon college, I was not accepted into the dance program and thus took on an Communication Arts Major and Photography minor. Four years later, I graduated on top of my class with honors. With diverse experience from internships and even my dance background, I was still unable to find a job. I worked retail for two years and worked my way up the corporate ladder and became an executive. At the end of my 5th year and without a job or plan, I quit. A week later, I took an Advanced Ballet Class at Brooklyn Ballet because I simply wanted to do something I love. It was there, three weeks later, that the director asked me to come and audition for the upcoming Nutcracker with the Company. Upon quitting my corporate job, I also landed NYFW show, a MAC promotional commercial and a 5 page spread in ESSENCE Magazine. Currently, I am still with Brooklyn Ballet, modeling, and taking classes to maintain my technique and skill. I look forward to the future and all that is to come of my leap of Faith!

Photo- Justin Reid 
Stylist- Londyn Douglas 
Photo (subway)- Eva Zar @evazar
Photo (w/ jeans)- Ike Slimster 

What Moves You? @ Candace Read


Candace Read: Dancer + Stylist 
Bainbridge, GA

What Moves You?
“When it comes to finding my words, I’ve always struggled. At a very young age I realized that Dance was THE ONE WAY I could freely communicate my words without ever saying a thing. Just me and an open dance floor is how I coped and came to terms with a number of seasons in my life. I truly believe that dance is the hidden language of the soul and it is because of that, that I move.

Candace Read, a native of Bainbridge, GA, received her B.F.A. in Dance from Valdosta State University and recently completed her Masters in Luxury and Fashion Management from Savannah College of Art and Design. Some of Candace’s most recent endeavors include working with New York City Ballet, Kandice Pelletier Swimwear and Sherri Hill Designs.  When not found traveling, Candace is shopping and styling personal clients, as well as blogging at www.liveloveandread.com, her very own style blog.

Candace is happily married to Jason Read.

Check more out about Candace here.

What Moves You? @ Mark Schmidt

Mark and I met at University several years ago, and we’ve stayed in touch and worked together several times since. He is a soul dancer – he was born to dance. Each movement he dances is completely his own. It just pours out of him. Everything about him screams movement, and art, and love and beautiful understanding. I personally admire the ownership over his artistry and I’ve been blessed to call him my friend, teacher, and fellow artist. Naturally, I had to find out what moves him…


Mark Schmidt: Performer and Choreographer
New York, NY

What moves you?
The need to feel vitality, moving dynamically through space-laterally, vertically, in and out of the floor and in the air.
The memory of communal learning experience through dance class with my fellow contemporary dancers in New York.
The need to create in the form of movement improvisation.
My intellectual interest in movement and the body in relationship to itself, others, and space.
Partnering. I love Partnering.  I am addicted to the complex interplay between trust, potential danger, physics, the unknown and sensing.


Mark Schmidt is a performer, choreographer and model living in Brooklyn, NY. He regularly collaborates with artists working in film animation, sound, set and fashion design.  He holds a BA in Cultural Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York and MFA in Performance and Choreography from the State University of New York College at Brockport.  As a choreographer, Mark has produced work for performances at Detroit Contemporary and ArtLabJ in Detroit, and Dixon Theater, Gotham Hall, Chen Dance Center and Triskelion Arts in New York.  In addition to his life in the contemporary dance world, he has appeared in multiple videos for music and fashion by model photographer/film director Rie Rasmussen.  When not performing, Mark can occasionally be found working as a production assistant for art director Reynaldo Davis Carter.  This includes sets for fashion publications Vs. Magazine, Italian Vogue, L’Officiel, and photographer/director Ellen VonUnwerth.