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IABD Member Week

2020 Membership Appreciation Week

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Dr. Adesola Akinleye
London UK / Ann Arbor MI
Member Type: Individual

Dr. Adesola

How long have you been a member of IABD? Three years

Why are you a member of IABD?
 I wanted to finally be contributing to a family I felt I had indirectly benefited from for many years. By becoming a member I could support the organization.

Who has inspired you in your dance training/career? I started dancing in a youth after school program/youth dance company. The two people who ran that introduced me to dance performance in a way that meant I have never questioned my right to call myself a dancer and choreographer, Hillary Ball and Linda Robinson. While I was there I was taught by William Louther who gave me a passion for dancing. And then moved to USA to Dance Theatre of Harlem to my ‘dance-father’ Arthur Mitchell.

What aspect of this field do you enjoy most? I enjoy understanding the world through being able to move my body: to express my life through dance.

What advice would you give someone who is interested in joining IABD? It is important to contribute to and allow yourself to be supported by communities of people who share your passion.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I have been a vegan for 35 years!!

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Elisa Monte Dance
New York, NY
Member Type: 
Dance Company/Ins
Artistic Director:
Tiffany Rea-Fisher


Elisa Monte Dance

How long have you been a member of IABD? Going into my 5th year

Why are you a member of IABD?
 I was encouraged to consider membership by Ann Williams who is a mentor to me. Once I saw the depth and breadth of the organization I knew I wanted to be part of it in a bigger way. 

Who has inspired you in your dance training/career? 
Robert Moses, Camen de Lavallade, Ann Williams, Denise Saunders Thompson, Virginia Johnson, Elisa Monte, Jamal Story, Germaul Barnes, Bernard Brown, Ralph Lemon. The list goes on and on.

What aspect of this field do you enjoy most? 
The sense of community and connection with everyone involved. Seeing the expression and emotions of students, audience members, dancers, and collaborators all add to the experience. The cathartic release is not tangible but that feeling will never go away. 

What advice would you give someone who is interested in joining IABD?
Definitely join! Throw caution to the wind and become part of the family.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you? 
I started off as a tapper and thought I would be one professionally. Also, I was really late to modern dance. I didn't start until my first year in college.



MEMBER VIDEO SPOTLIGHT
MAYA BOWLES, STUDENT

 


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Dr. Halifu Osumare
New York, NY
Sacramento, California
Member Type: Senior


Dr. Halifu Osumare

How long have you been a member of IABD? Since 1996

Why are you a member of IABD?
Because it is the national service organization for blacks in dance, and I have been a part of it since it's inception.

Who has inspired you in your dance training/career?
KATHERINE DUNHAM; she is our model of the artist/scholar; I am a certified Instructor of Dunham Technique, and I knew her personally. She taught me not just about dance, but how to be an evolving human being.

What aspect of this field do you enjoy most?
The community support.

What advice would you give someone who is interested in joining IABD?
DO IT; you won't be disappointed.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Besides dancing and writing, I am an avid meditator!

 

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