Category: Dancer

SLIM MELLO

    Slim Mello  By Dale Ricardo Shields July 2012 Slim Mello was born in Brazil (Salvador-Bahia). Salvador is considered the largest Black city outside of Africa with over 80% of the people being of African-Brazilian descent.  “The city of Salvador is notable in Brazil for its cuisine, music and architecture, and its metropolitan area is the …

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Stanley Wayne Mathis

   Stanley Wayne Mathis    by Dale Ricardo Shields “I read somewhere many years ago while working on the West Coast (The Jelly’s Last Jam workshop at The Mark Taper Forum) “Fame is what others give you. Success is what you give yourself.” – Stanley Wayne Mathis Stanley Wayne Mathis has directed and choreographed for …

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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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Dyane Harvey-Salaam

Dyane Harvey-Salaam Dyane Harvey-Salaam is a virtuoso performing artist, a founding member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, actress, dancer, educator, choreographer and certified Pilates teacher. She has appeared as a principal soloist with some of the most recognized theatre and dance companies across the United States and abroad. Her Broadway, television, and film credits …

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