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ABOUT THE SDI ELECTIVE CLASS GUEST ARTISTS
BHANGRA ELECTIVE: Visshaal S Kanoi, aka Vish, is from the land of musicals - India. What started as a hobby at the age of 11 years, became a raging career in adulthood, with a massive fan following for his expertise in Bollywood dancing, Indo-Jazz, Fusion Hip Hop, along with the Indian folk dance styles like Bhangra and Garba. Vish was in some of the biggest events of India like the IIFA which is being held in New York this year. He has shared the stage with Bollywood superstars Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Susmita Sen to name a few and has also performed in international shows. He further honed his skills by training under the Doctor of Jazz, Mr. Frank Hatchett at Broadway Dance Center, New York. He was invited as a guest artist at CityDance Center, Washington DC, Paul Pellicoro's DanceSport Manhattan, Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago from 2009 onwards. Vish has been a favorite with Indian media with leading newspapers and magazines covering him, and it only got better when even The Washington Post covered his workshop in Washington DC, where he had Sasha Obama, the daughter of former President Barack Obama, as one of his students. His workshops are a unique blend of technique, fusion routines, and expressions of emotions culminating into a showcase/performance as the finale.
HIP HOP ELECTIVE: Rolanda Catapano is a natural born talent and has been dancing since a young age. She received her formal training from the Broadway Dance Center. From music videos with artists such as Shaggy and international artists Mr.cool, to showcases such as Carnival, Sybarite and Sirens After Dark, Rolanda's presence on the scene was meteoric. With her career blossoming exponentially she chose to continue training under her mentor La Jon Dantzler from the BDC program where she got the opportunity to become a part of his company: La' Fuerza. Parallel to this occurrence her West Indian background provided an instant attraction to the movement and style of Laure Courtellemont. Combining her background with the tools acquired from La Jon enabled her to become a member of Laure's company: Ragga Jam and transition into the role of her New York assistant within a short time span. With both La Jon and Laure nurturing her growth Rolanda plans to share her information with others teaching and dancing across the world.
WEST AFRICAN ELECTIVE: Will Brown began his dance journey at The University of Massachusetts where he earned his BFA in dance. Since then he’s performed works by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Garth Fagan, Stefanie Battan Bland, Meredith Rainey, Zane Booker, Abdel Salaam and Augusto Soledade. Mr. Brown has taught workshops and master classes for the National High School Dance Festival in several cities and throughout the Northeast. His choreography has been presented through Mare Nostrum Elements NYC, Dixon Place, Toronto’s KasheDance Choregrapher’s showcase, Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Kun Yang Lin’s Inhale Series. He’s been a featured performer at the Florida Dance Festival, IABD Conferences in Philadelphia and St. Louis. In 2013 he was invited by Brazilian choreographer Augusto Soledade to be a soloist in the Viva Dança Festival, Bahia Brazil. Currently Mr. Brown resides in NYC where he is a dance artist with Company Stefanie Battan Bland and teaches at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and neighboring studios in Greater NY.
ABOUT THE ASDI GUEST ARTISTS
Nik Owens is from Altadena, California where he began his movement experience with gymnastics at age three and continued at a competitive level until he was 19. He began dancing at Wesleyan University and graduated with a BA in Dance and a certificate in Environmental Studies. He's worked with Nicholas Leichter, Tania Isaac, Kyle Abraham and has performed works by Vanessa Tamburi, The Dance Exchange, Gierre Godley’s Project 44, Mersiha Mesihovic’s CircuitDebris, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Abdul Latif's D2D/T. Nik currently dances with Raja Kelly's thefeath3rtheory, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Tiffany Mills Company, and David Dorfman Dance.
Photo by Stephanie Crousillat, courtesy of Helen Simoneau Danse
Antonio Brown, aka DJTONYMONKEY, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, began his dance training at the Cleveland School of the Arts and received his BFA from The Juilliard School. Mr. Brown has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Jose Limon, Jiri Kylian, Aszure Barton, Susan Marshall and Larry Keigwin to name a few and has worked with companies such as Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Nilas Martins Dance Company, Sidra Bell Dance New York and Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Mr. Brown is the Artistic Director of Antonio Brown Dance, a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company since 2007 and performs with Gregory Dolbashin "The Dash Ensemble". Antonio is also a founding member of the Elephant Room Ensemble a multidisciplinary arts ensemble based in NYC. Mr Brown is grateful to share his gifts and talents with the world.
Caroline Fermin is a graduate of the Juilliard School with a BFA in dance. She is a founding member of Gallim Dance where she has danced the last six years and served as Education Chair for the last three.
She currently performs as a freelancer and teaches across the nation, working with nonprofits, schools, and groups of artists. She is a member of Artists Striving to End Poverty and runs a dance/theater program in the summers at Snow College.