What Moves You? @ Angelique Laurin

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Angelique Laurin: Dancer
Washington D.C. Area

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

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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!

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

What Moves You? @ Makeda Roney

 

IMG_5374Makeda Roney: Dancer, Athlete and Smart-Fit Lifestyle Blogger
New York, NY

What Moves You? 
“Self-Honesty!”

Makeda Roney is a NYC-based professional contemporary ballet dancer, fitness model, and emerging Health & Fitness blogger on Instagram named Curlgirlfit. Sharing her unique voice and ideas about health and a cross-fitness lifestyle through the lens of a brown, millennial, professional dancer’s point of view. This passion, stemming from an unfortunate 6-year streak of a rollercoaster injury history that she has had to navigate through during the mid to later years of her training and dance career.

Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Makeda began her training at The DTH School under the direction of Arthur Mitchell and continued training there on scholarship for 5 years. She has had a diverse background in dance training, completing yearly and Summer programs on Scholarship including Lines Ballet Summer (2009), Walnut Hill School of the Arts and Summer Program (2010-2011), School of Steps (2011), The Ailey School Fellowship Program (2012-2013), The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago (2014) and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (2015). She has had the opportunity to go to Tanzania, Africa as the assistant choreographer to Nia Love, sponsored by the New York Live Arts 2013 Suit Case Fund as well as work as a teaching assistant to Nia Love at American Dance Festival Summer and Winter Intensives. Makeda, also, studies under and is mentored by many pioneer dance artists such as Nia Love, Marjorie Liebert and Misty Copeland.

Follow for more @curlgirlfit

Photos Credits: George Clark (@ocsbii), Orion Gordon, Hayim Heron (@hayimheron)

What Moves You? @ Brandon Joshua Jones

SPECIAL EDITION of “WHAT MOVES YOU?”
Tomorrow and Saturday we are partnering with ModArts Dance Collective to present Harlem Voices. In honor of this, we’ve been featuring dancers from the production! Both ModArts and SoHa Dance are here to promote Harlem and NYC artists, and we hope to see you at the show which is happening next week at Harlem School of the Arts. Tickets are $18 at the moment, so get yours now! Get tickets here.

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Brandon Joshua Jones: Dancer
New York City

What Moves You? 
“Human interaction moves me.”

Brandon Joshua Jones has been a student of dance for 26 years. Trained in seven genres, he competed for 10 years both regionally and nationally, in addition to performing at the Count Basie Theater (NJ), Madison Square Garden (NYC), St . Mark’s Church (NYC) and NJPAC (NJ). While on a full artistic scholarship, he attended the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University for a B.A. in dance, with a jazz concentration. He has danced works by concert choreographers such as Michele DeLaReza and Peter Kope of Attack Theatre (PA), Cleo Mack of Cleo Mack Dance Project (NJ), Obediah Wright of Balance Dance Theatre (NYC). In Additi has been a member of modern dance, repertory company, Carolyn Dorfman Dance since 2011.

What Moves You? @ Ashley Chavonne

SPECIAL EDITION of “WHAT MOVES YOU?”
This week we are partnering with ModArts Dance Collective to present Harlem Voices. In honor of this, we’ve been featuring dancers from the production! Both ModArts and SoHa Dance are here to promote Harlem and NYC artists, and we hope to see you at the show which is happening next week at Harlem School of the Arts. Tickets are $18 at the moment, so get yours now! Get tickets here.
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Ashley Chavonne: Dancer
Detroit, MI
What moves you?
“Music is probably what moves me most but sharing of experiences is definitely something that moves me, emotionally and physically.”

Ashley Chavonne began training in ballet, jazz and dance forms of the African diaspora at an early age in Detroit, MI. She attended The Ohio State University earning degrees in dance performance and strategic communications and brought her talents to NYC soon after graduation. As a Brooklyn based artist, she has had the pleasure to work with a number of choreographers as a performer, teaching artist and choreography assistant. She has also had the pleasure of working in arts administration assisting with marketing for emerging choreographers and arts service organizations and hopes to continue her work as a performer and marketing strategist in support of the performing arts. She is excited to be working with Leah Tubbs and ModArts Dance Collective.

What Moves You @ Bella Kosmacher

SPECIAL EDITION of “WHAT MOVES YOU?”
Next week we are partnering with ModArts Dance Collective to present Harlem Voices. In honor of this, we’ve been featuring dancers from the production! Both ModArts and SoHa Dance are here to promote Harlem and NYC artists, and we hope to see you at the show which is happening next week at Harlem School of the Arts. Tickets are $18 at the moment, so get yours now! Get tickets here.

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Bella Kosmacher: Dancer
New York City

What Moves You?
“I believe that dance is a vehicle for energizing the strength and bliss in every person! I am inspired by nature, hope, music, frustration, joy and the empowering celebration of the human spirit and form.”

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Bella Kosmacher has performed works by Sidra Bell, Zvi Gotheiner, Stephen Petronio, Larry Keigwin, Kathy Wildberger, and Steve Rooks. She has choreographed throughout the northeast (Choreography on the Edge, Modfest, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Vassar College). In 2014, she created ABUNdANCE, an interactive multimedia dance contending, “We’re dancing all the time.” Bella currently works as the Program Coordinator and a teaching artist at GlobalArts to Go and as a dance and  music specialist at the Boys Club of New York and Dutchess Arts Camp. Bella is thrilled and honored to take the stage with her fellow ModArts Collective dancers and the folks of SoHa Dance!

Watch Bella here

What Moves You? @ Brittany Wilson

SPECIAL EDITION of “WHAT MOVES YOU?”
Next week we are partnering with ModArts Dance Collective to present Harlem Voices. In honor of this, we’ve been featuring dancers from the production! Both ModArts and SoHa Dance are here to promote Harlem and NYC artists, and we hope to see you at the show which is happening next week at Harlem School of the Arts. Tickets are $18 at the moment, so get yours now! Get tickets here.

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Brittany Wilson: Choreographer/Dancer
New York City

What moves you?
“In the literal sense, the fear of being still. Even if I’m taking the smallest steps, I need to know that I am working toward a goal. Recently I’ve been taking more risks as an artist because I am inspired by so much these days. The good, bad and ugly. Throughout the last few years I tried convincing myself that I could not be an artist by immersing myself in things that didn’t fulfill me. I know better now.”

Brittany Wilson is a Queens native who began her training at the Edge School of the Arts. She later pursued a double major in Dance and Exercise Science at Lehman College in the Bronx. Upon graduation she was presented with The Choreography Award for her senior project entitled “Isn’t It Pretty To Think So”. She has been choreographing original pieces for 9 years which includes producing her first evening length concert in 2011 entitled “Fresh”. Her work has been presented at Lehman College, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Green Space, Bridge For Dance and Alchemical Theatre Laboratory. In 2014 she was appointed artistic director of Herbert Dance Company at Lehman College in which she was an active member since 2010. Brittany enjoys creating work inspired by, but not limited to, her journey as a woman. Aside from working with the company Brittany teaches ballet, tap and African to children ages 5-8.

 

What Moves You? @ Beverly Lopez

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For the next two weeks we are thrilled to be featuring dancers from ModArts Dance Collective, our partner company in Harlem Voices. On August 19+20, Harlem Voices is a joint production from ModArts and SoHa Dance to promote Harlem artists at Harlem School of the Arts. Tickets are only $18 right now! Go to our events page for more info. 

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Beverly Lopez: Dancer
New York City

What Moves You?
I move because I am always inspired to discover truth. The barriers that are created by my mind start to break down. The questions I ponder are answered when I am challenged and when I am feeling. Dance has challenged me and has taught me how to feel and what really matters. I see and understand and know that it is love, it is community, connection, and self-care that saves us all and makes everything clear.

Beverly is a dancer in the Herbert H. Dance Company and has choreographed and presented independent work at festivals around New York City. As a graduate with a BFA in Multi-Media and Performing Arts, Beverly is working to bring a performing arts culture to Ps.25, The Bilingual School. She coordinates seasonal showcases and is structuring a new theatrical element to the after school curriculum. Beverly was trained in the Dancing to Connect℠ methodology through Battery Dance Company’s DTC Institute and will continue to direct her own Dance Bridge program in the Bronx. She wants to thank Leah Tubbs and the ModArts Collective dance company for the opportunity to take part in this beautiful presentation!

 

What Moves You? @ Matthew Ting

SPECIAL EDITION of “WHAT MOVES YOU?”
For the next two weeks we are thrilled to be featuring dancers from ModArts Dance Collective, our partner company in Harlem Voices. On August 19+20, Harlem Voices is a joint production from ModArts and SoHa Dance to promote Harlem artists at Harlem School of the Arts. Tickets are $18 during the month of July so get yours now! Get tickets here.

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Matthew Ting: Dancer
New York City

What Moves You?
“I suppose it depends on what is meant by ‘move’. If we mean what motivates me to dance, then it is the joy of ever searching to better myself paired with the joy of moving to music. If we mean what inspires me in general, I could say that the strength of humanity comes from our ability to cooperate, and that we as a species are moving more and more towards greater cooperation and understanding. Also, the incredible strides science has made in improving human lives and expanding our knowledge, and how that has opened worlds to us that our ancestors never dreamed of. Really though, being human, what moves me are stories. All these things are meaningless without a story to put them into context and give them meaning. I cherish the story that humanity is progressing towards being more cooperative, curious, and kind.”

Matthew Ting was born in Philadelphia and grew up in El Paso, TX. He first danced for Leah Tubbs in 2012. He is a principal dancer of Ballet for Young Audiences, where he also serves as ballet master. He is also a member of The New York Baroque Dance Company and has danced for companies such as Connecticut Ballet, mishiDance, stringdance+media, and JT Lotus Dance Company. He is a graduate of the Great Books program of St. John’s College, Annapolis.

Photo Credits: Debra Bona and Storm Garner

What Moves You? @ Malandra Hastick

The realest friendships are formed when you’re able to speak your truth, no matter what. And I’m not sure I know anyone more real than Malandra. She has that rare quality where she knows exactly how to express herself – verbally and physically. I deeply appreciate that. She is sassy and fiercely protective; and she is genuine and caring. Plus, she has the best skin I’ve ever seen in my life. Ser-i-ous-ly. Which is a good reason to follow her vegan food posts so we can all gain some tips and tricks (link below). OK and she’s ALSO an incredible dancer and choreographer and I’m so excited to collaborate with her on a new upcoming movement project! Stay tuned for more details on that. In the meantime, let’s find out what moves her…

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Malandra Hastick: Dancer/Choreographer
Bronx, NY

What Moves You?
“My mother moves me. My mother gave up performing and traveling within the West Indies to raise her children. I move for my mother. Every time I dance, all those performances I did were for her. When I was younger she never missed a show. I’m happy that she passed down her talent to me. It’s not easy being a single mother with 4 children. I’m eternally grateful to have her.

Also, the different cultures in our world move me. I love the variety of all the sounds created from African Drums to Chinese Bells. You name it, I move my body to it! I want to be able to inspire people to come out of their comfort zone and find their inner sexy. Once you feel good you look good. Dancing helps to build our confidence. It’s therapeutic for me. When I’m stressed I dance. When I’m happy I dance. Dance is life!”

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BIOGRAPHY
“My name is Malandra but my stage name is Mo(e). I come from a Grenadian household and mother who was a former dancer in Grenada. I’ve been dancing since the age of 3. I started out in a ballet program in Lehman College for kids on the weekend, then continued to dance at my elementary school as a “Stockette.” A “Stockette” was a modified version of The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in New York City (I even got to dance with them behind the scenes and take a jazz/tap class with them in the 6th grade). In high school I went completely out of my comfort zone and joined a hip hop group called Overdose, owned by Sheree’s House of Dance. We’ve done countless videos/auditions/performances for a variety of artists/programs: AGT, ABDC, Flo-Rida, Nike and even Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. I eventually became a dance teacher in 2013 teaching K-8th grade students modern, ballet & hiphop. I’ve also choreographed dances since the 8th grade. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Check out Malandra’s vegan food posts here.

Photo Credit @ Walt aka da_wizard

What Moves You? @ Leah Tubbs

Three years ago I presented and curated my very first show, “A Modern Tribute”. There were a lot of challenges but I worked hard and ended up with an incredibly talented group of artists – and they helped create two sold out shows! Luckily I’ve been able to work with several of them again, and one of those wonderful connections happened with Leah. We also bonded because we both have roots in and love Harlem; and each of our companies are doing work to promote underserved and/or emerging artists through dance. Plus, she’s dedicated and passionate about community work, and a rockstar for dance advocacy and female empowerment. So…she’s pretty awesome. I’m a huge supporter of her company’s mission and just her in general. Right now her company is currently producing a show to celebrate female choreographers of color. If you’re interested in submitting work or supporting the show, check it out here. And on top of that, Leah and I are presenting work together in August – so stayed tuned for more info! For now though, let’s see what moves Leah…

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Leah Tubbs
Dancer, Arts Educator, Choreographer, Artistic Director

What Moves You?
The mission of my dance company, ModArts Dance Collective (MADC), moves me! MADC provides a platform for female choreographers of color to hone and celebrate their artistic voices in an open, engaging environment surrounded by like-minded people, as well as build a safe, sustainable community of artists from different genres to challenge, motivate, and inspire each other. I hope to be a vehicle of positive change while serving the community of Harlem and other under exposed cities…”Be the change that you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

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Leah Tubbs, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, studied dance at Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She has been blessed to dance with Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company (DCdC2), Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT), Lula Washington Dance Theater, Project 21 Dance, L.A. Choreographers and Dancers, Donna Sternberg and Dancers, Jazz Ballet Company, Ballet Afrique, The Zifadanz Group, and Jazz Ain’t Dead. ModArts Dance Collective (MADC) was established in 2011 by Leah Tubbs to celebrate female choreographers of color while building a safe, sustainable community of artists in Harlem, as well as other underexposed cities.

Check out her website here, and see some video footage here!