Category: Dancer

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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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 …

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Dr. Nefretete Rasheed

Nefretete Rasheed, Ph.D Artist of Interdisciplinary Arts, Theatre, Dance, Poetry. By Arthur T. Wilson “Everyday is Graduation” Dr. Nefretete Rasheed  * Nefretete Rasheed, Ph.D., a graduate of New York University, is an educator, writer, and therapist. She is also the Education and Clinical Director for Aspirations, Inc., an organization she founded that promotes teaching and …

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