Student Arts Institute
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Our student Arts Institutes can occur during- or after-school hours provided by highly trained teaching artists with expansive experiences as practitioners and teachers. Students will be exposed to a variety of performing arts and learn about the historical context of various arts related practices. Also, students will have opportunities to demonstrate their new skills via mini-workshops and culminating shows.
meet our teaching artist
Kim N. Brown (Baltimore, MD) began her formal dance training at the age of 14, earning a full scholarship to Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has worked with many acclaimed artists, including Kelvin Rotardier and Carmen de Lavallade from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Frank Hatchett, Maurice Hines, Michael Peters, and Otis Sallad. Ms. Brown has been featured in both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions during her career, performing in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God and Yes God is Real, along with a solo role in Black Nativity as the angel Gabriel. She has performed with Chambers Contemporary Dance Company, Kinetic Energy Dance Company, and Joyce Harrigan Dance Company, and recently choreographed “Pieces of Me” for the Genesis Dance Company. Ms. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland-College Park, and teaches master dance classes in both national and international locales. She has been an Ailey Arts-In-Education & Community Programs teaching artist for twelveyears. A teaching artist and Facilitator for Dance Theatre of Harlem Dancing Thru Barriers Arts in Education Program since 1998 and a teaching artist for Wingspan Arts teaching students from elementary to high school
Imani Faye studied dance at the Jamaica School of Dance in Kingston, Jamaica where she performed with the National Dance Theatre Company. She trained at Steps, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Ailey School, Broadway Dance Center and Fareta School of Dance and Drumming. Ms. Faye toured the college circuit with the Chuck Davis Dance Company, and with several West African dance companies including Les Guirivoires Dance Company in the Ivory Coast West Africa, The Drummers of Guinea, and the Sing-Sing Rhythms from Senegal West Africa in the Festival D' Arts in Montreal Canada. She has also performed with Jazz Ensembles such as Cecil Taylor Jazz Ensemble in Europe and Sun Ra Arkestra in New York City. She toured Mexico with The Ron Roach Caribbean Ensemble. Ms. Faye’s choreography work includes theater productions such as Blackberry Productions Great Women of Color, Harlem School of the Arts The African Nutcracker, and The Goodwill Games, and for Khanisi Dance Theatre in Cincinnati Ohio. She has taught at Wesleyan University, Sarah Lawrence and Hunter Colleges, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Museum for African Art and The Ailey School
Akira Armstrong was a former Jazz and Hip- Hop instructor for the Children’s Aid Society Alvin Ailey Dance Camp. Akira has an extensive background in dance performance, alongside Beyoncé and Jazmine Sullivan. In addition, she is the CEO of her dance group, Pretty Big Movement. The Pretty Big Movement has been televised on America’s Got Talent and toured throughout the United States. She brings unique style and flavor to the REACH LLC. Student Arts Institute.
Anthony Barner was a former Hip-Hop dance instructor at the BronxWorks Betances Community Center. Anthony has skills in House dance, Tutting dance, Break dance, Jazz dance, and Freestyle dance. He has televised appearances on the Soul Train Awards, America’s Got Talent, NYC Marathon Dance Festival, and Season 1 on the America’s Got Talent show. Anthony brings extensive and multi-cultural styles of dance to the REACH LLC. Student Arts Institute.