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  • 00:25

    Back on Stage as A Rockstar After Alvin Ailey Career Ending Injury - Danni Gee

    in Entrepreneur

    Danni Gee began dancing professionally with Philadanco at 15. She toured with Alvin Ailey as principal & soloist for 7 years. Then a career ending injury changed everything. Listen now as we discuss: recovery, pain, overeating, acting out, and returning to the stage as a singer and monster rock star.


    Danni Gee shares honest insight about “mourning the loss of a dance career", getting professional help, and the power of saying, “At least I did it.”


    @DaniiGeeNYC is the Curator of Dance for SummerStage dance festival in New York. 


    This multi-talented artist, is in constant demand providing guest vocals for several acts including Def Jam, Gloria Gaynor, CHER & others. 


    After cutting her teeth with these various artists, Danni decided to step out on her own. She needed to bring life to her own eclectic vision and in the summer of 1999 Suga Bush was born.


    "My songs tend to be a little, um, personal...sometimes raw. Single -  'Monster' came about in the aftermath of a pretty rough break-up. Writing these songs is my therapy...and performing them helps me release my demons and maybe some folks in our audience too!" 


     


    My name is Laurie Johnson. I love talking to people. Can you tell? 


    Connect with me: LaurieJohnson.com  Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn  Instagram  Medium

  • 00:22

    "Plan B Distracts From Plan A" - Sean Chessman, SYTYCD Judge & Choreographer

    in Entrepreneur

    Sean Chessman is internationally renowned and has worked with some of the world's top entertainers, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Carmen Electra, Tina Turner, Queen Latifah, and Britney Spears.


    Most recently Sean was one of the producers, creative directors and choreographers for Andrew Lloyd Webber's search for a Dorothy on the TV show Over The Rainbow (airing in Canada). Choreographer and Head Judge on the reality show/dance competition Dirty Dancing: Time of Your Life. One of the only choreographers to have judged and choreographed for #SYTYCD in the USA, Canada and UK. Choreographer and Mentor for the T4 show Musicool.


    Sean studied at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York. He toured with Janet Jackson as a choreographer and dancer. He subsequently choreographed the Diamonds and Pearls tour for Prince, as well as tours for Faith Hill, No Angels, and is currently working on ad campaigns for Nike and Bacardi.


    Sean appeared in and choreographed for the movie The Bodyguard. Television works include Guys Next Door, Soul Train Awards and Janet Jackson's Saturday Night Live performance.


    My name is Laurie Johnson. I love talking to people. Can you tell? 


    Connect with me: LaurieJohnson.com  Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn  Instagram  Medium

  • 00:34

    Urban Teen Magazine's Celebrity Re-Air Interview with D. Woods!

    in Entertainment

    D. Woods was born in Anaheim California, relocating to in Springfield Massachusetts, where she grew up. D. first developed her love for the arts while performing in dance and regional theater productions. As a teenager she relocated to Atlanta, GA where she attended the renowned Tri-Cities High School for Visual and Performing Arts.


    There she studied modern contemporary dance, ballet, West African and Hip- Hop dance styles. While still in high school she performed with the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta with whom she performed across the U.S and overseas including West and South Africa. Her education also included the prestigious Alvin Ailey School and New York University where she studied abroad in Havana, Cuba.

  • 00:20

    On Being Told, "You Do Not Have A Dancer's Body" - Camille A. Brown

    in Entrepreneur

    What do you do when your teachers tell you your body is not the ideal ballet type? Camille A. Brown was not even invited to audition because of her body shape. Through perseverence she found her joy and love. "If you don't do with MOVES you, you will regret it in 20 years." 


    Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer who has achieved accolades and awards for her daring works. She tells stories from a black female perspective and is fascinated with tying history to her personal experiences and bringing those things to life. She injects black social dances into her work and incorporates these dances into her classes as a way to educate people about their origins. 


    AWARDS: A Bessie Award, Doris Duke Award, 2015 TED Fellow, National Dance Project award, The International Association of Blacks in Dance Founders Award, and two-time Princess Grace Award recipient.


    Commissions include: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Urban Bush Women, Complexions, Ailey II, Ballet Memphis, and Hubbard Street II, & others.


    Member: Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company, and was a guest artist with Rennie Harris’ Puremovement, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.


    BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, reveals the complexity of carving out a self-defined identity as a black female in urban American culture. 


    "As an artist, I drink the music-moving as a way that IS the music. There is no separation in my understanding of choreography, I move seamlessly between music, theatre and dance."

  • 00:34

    Topically Yours - Guest Ailey II dancer Paige Fraser

    in Entertainment

    Host Deardra Shuler talks with Ailey ll dancer Paige Fraser who has defied all odds. Paige was diagnosed with severe Scoliosis which affects the alignment of the spine and pelvis. Her doctors advised surgery telling her a career in dance was highly unlikely.   Going against doctors’ orders, she kept dancing, never had the surgery, and used Gyrotonics to help keep her spine in a more stable place.  Nine years later, she finds herself a part of Ailey II. 
    A Bronx resident and senior in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program as a scholarship student, within  the last year, Fraser has performed in over 35 US cities and internationally in Bermuda, Germany, Finland and Greece. Ms. Fraser completed her freshman year of college at the Dominican University of California as a dance major at Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet.  She has also trained in summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jacob’s Pillow, Juilliard, and Complexions and has worked with Desmond Richardson, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Camille A. Brown. In 2010, Ms. Fraser performed in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria as a special production of Revelations, in celebration of its 50th year during the Company’s New York City season.  To see Paige and Ailey II, tickets are available by calling the Ailey Citigroup Theater for the April 18-29th performance, at 866-811-4111 or going on line via www.AlvinAiley.org/Ailey II or www.ovationtix.com

  • 00:26

    Good Home Training, His Beautiful Body & Onstage Thoughts - Desmond Richardson

    in Entrepreneur

    Hailed by the New York Times as "one of the great modern dancers of his time," I spoke candidly with Desmond Richardson about good home training, what's on his mind while performing onstage, and what he learned from working with Michael Jackson.  Listen to my interview with this multi talented artist who has mastered classical, modern, and contemporary dance. Oh, and yes, he taps too. I asked. 


    A principal dancer for some of the world’s most revered dance companies, Alvin Ailey American dance theatre, American Ballet Theatre and ballet Frankfurt under William Forsythe. He has guested and collaborated with the whos who of the industry and danced on the most important stages in the world. 


    Richardson has received a Tony Award nomination, the Dance Magazine Award, the Capezio Award, the LA Ovation award, a New York Performance Award (Bessie), the Young Arts Alumni Award and is a recipeint of a Presidential Scholar Award for the Arts.  


    In 1994, Richardson cofounded Complexions Contemporary Ballet with Dwight Rhoden.

  • 00:34

    Urban Teen Magazine Celebrity Interview with D. Woods!

    in Entertainment

    D. Woods was born in Anaheim California, relocating to in Springfield Massachusetts, where she grew up. D. first developed her love for the arts while performing in dance and regional theater productions. As a teenager she relocated to Atlanta, GA where she attended the renowned Tri-Cities High School for Visual and Performing Arts.


    There she studied modern contemporary dance, ballet, West African and Hip- Hop dance styles. While still in high school she performed with the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta with whom she performed across the U.S and overseas including West and South Africa. Her education also included the prestigious Alvin Ailey School and New York University where she studied abroad in Havana, Cuba.

  • 01:01

    Taboo Talk Guest Starring Troy "Pappy" Johnson

    in Spirituality

    Taboo Talk, a Christian talk show featuring Lady Charmaine Day (Pastor, Publisher, Author and Radio Host www.ladycharmaineday.com). Taboo Talk helps individuals transform their mind, body, and spirit utilizing the principles of Jesus Christ! Guest starring Author Troy "Pappy" Johnson. About Troy "Pappy" Johnson:


    TROY ‘PAPPY’ JOHNSON was born and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn until the summer of 77’. Then he and his family moved to Montclair, New Jersey where he graduated from M.H.S.  The following years 81-92’ were spent at Howard University, where he received a BS in Fashion Fundamentals and the US Army where he proudly served in War Campaigns:  Desert Storm/Shield to receive an Honorable Discharge. After fulfilling his obligations, he pursued a career in Theatrical/ Film Production in NYC. Presently he is a proud father of 3 daughters and, a devoted husband for 17 years.  He is a Believer of Christ as well a Disciple of the Holy Trinity. Some of his Production Assistant credits is as follow: Dance Theatre of Harlem, Madison Square Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and New York City Ballet. Film/Video credits include: “I’m Doin Me” (Video) Fantasia , Promo Commercials for MSNBC with Spike Lee, “Wake Up”(Video) featuring John Legend and Gillette Pro-glide Face-off Challenge with Robert Townsend. BROADWAY: Phantom of the Opera, Grease, Damn Yankees, The Chairs, Showboat and Les Miserale. He is the author of "The Lighter Side of Darkness". For more information on Troy "Pappy" Johnson please visit his website at: www.adarkmanslight.com

  • 00:17

    What kind of love is this?

    in Relationships

    ailey Couples go through predictable stages in marriage, and sometimes even before marriage. Even in the happiest marriages, you will revisit stages and need information and tools to help return you to the real love that you both want. Just knowing the stages are normal, and that there are ways to move to the higher stages can help you know where you are and what

  • 00:30

    Marishka Phillips - Broadway Actress - Director

    in Radio

    MARISHKA S. PHILLIPS


    Broadway actress, accomplished director, and thespian guru, Marishka S. Phillips is an actor’s actor with an extraordinary wealth of talent.


    A native of Brooklyn, New York, Marishka began performing at age of eight, and by the time she was thirteen, was cast in the European tour of Raisin, a musical version of the popular play A Raisin In The Sun. Upon graduating from Springfield Gardens High School, Marishka honed in on her skills at the prestigious Alvin Ailey School of Dance, the Broadway Dance Center, and Fordham University, where she studied theater arts.


    Marishka’s big break came at the age of nineteen when the budding actress landed a feature role in the Broadway musical, Uptown: It’s Hot. Directed by the legendary Maurice Hines, Marishka found her niche on stage, and would go on to star in a host of other musicals, including Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, FAME: The Musical, The Wiz, and The Me Nobody Knows.


    During a quick stint in Los Angeles, in 1991, Marishka made the move to television, scoring bit parts on the last two seasons of The Cosby Show and it’s spin-off A Different World, but by 1997, Marishka found herself back on stage, and spent the next ten years touring Europe in big budget plays and musicals. Covering over eight countries, Marishka performed various roles in productions such as Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Ludwig: The Musical, and Teatro Piazzo. In between stage work, in 2002, Marishka released a musical recording on Hinterland Records entitled The Hike, and in 2007, released At The Waterfront on Mole Listening Pearls. Under the mentorship of renowned acting coach, Susan Batson, Marishka returned to New York and continued studying the are of acting.

  • 00:45

    Topically Yours - Yannick Lebrun of Alvin Ailey

    in Entertainment

    Deardra interviews Yannick Lebrun of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company concerning the upcoming Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Encore season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from June 10-20. Yannick Lebrun hails from Cayenne, French Guiana. He began training in his native country at the Adaclam School under the guidance of Jeanine Verin. In 2004, he moved to New York City where he studied at The Ailey School. He joined the professional company in 2008. Mr. Lebrun has performed works by choreographers Troy Powell, Matthew Rushing, and Debbie Allen, et al. Tickets to the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Encore Season at BAM can be acquired by calling 718-636-4100 or online at www.BAM.org