Category: Choreographer

Louis Johnson

Louis  Johnson Dancer ~ Choreographer ~ Director ~ Professor  ~ Legendary ~  By Dale Ricardo Shields   “Most renowned for his choreography in the timeless film, The Wiz, Johnson was one of the first African Americans to appear in a Broadway ensemble.  Having been featured and learning from some of the dance greats, including Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, Johnson began creating …

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ALDE LEWIS

   ALDE LEWIS     Actor ~ Dancer ~ Choreographer ~ Director Alde Lewis, Jr., began his career as a modern dancer with Dianne McIntyre’s Sounds in Motion Dance Company in New York City. He credits the late tap veteran Charles “Honi” Coles for inspiring him to become a tap dancer after Mr. Coles offered …

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Fred Benjamin

FRED BENJAMIN Dancer ~ Choreographer {September 8, 1944 – December 14, 2013} By Dale Ricardo Shields Fred Benjamin was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1944. He began dancing at age four at the Elma Lewis’ School of Fine Arts in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  When the MacArthur Foundation initiated its so-called genius grants, Ms. Lewis was among the first …

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ABDEL SALAAM

ABDEL SALAAM Executive Artistic Director/Choreographer Forces of Nature Dance Theatre   By Dale Ricardo Shields “My spirit is exalted through Art and the world of Dance! Dance and the Divine are One!”        Born in Harlem in 1950, Mr. Salaam began his artistic training at the age of five with the study of music through piano, …

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