E-Moves 17 at Harlem Stage
Laurie M.Taylor; Jason Samuels Smith; Desiree Godsell; Davlois Fearon
Thursday-Saturday | April 7-9 | 7:30pm
Our acclaimed dance series has commissioned 4 evolving choreographers to create exciting new collaborative works with musicians and/or visual artists. This year's choreographers include: Laurie Taylor, Desiree Godsell, Jason Samuels Smith and Davalois Fearon.
Davlois Fearon, recently recognized by prominent dance writers Wendy Perron and Charmaine Warren for her dance performance in 2015 with the Stephen Petronio Company, is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer born in Jamaica and raised in The Bronx, New York. In 2005, Fearon received a BFA from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance program and has since performed and taught around the world with Stephen Petronio Company, staged its repertory, assisted as rehearsal director, and is currently its Education Coordinator. As a choreographer, she is a recipient of the AOP Fellowship from University Wisconsin Milwaukee, the Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO fellowship and is a member of The Joyce Theater's Prestigious Young Leaders Circle Artists' Committee.
Desiree Godsell, born and raised in Houston, Texas, graduated from the High School of Performing and Visual Arts which laid the foundation for her life in performing arts. From there she received a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Once moving to NYC, she began choreographing and dancing for the Atlantic recording artist Santigold touring the world for the last eight years. Simultaneously, Desiree began her salsa career straight at the top, partnering with the Mambo King himself Eddie Torres. Since then she has danced with Griselle Ponce, Sekou McMiller, Maria Torres, Andy Cruz, Caribbean Soul, starred in LaMambopera off Broadway, on Telefutura's Quiero Ser Estrella , she was a salsa coach on two separate MTV MADE episodes, won the 2014 Univision Latin dance competition with her partner Alex Morel, and most recently appeared as a dancer in SHINE the movie.
Jason Samuels Smith is an established leader for Tap with accolades as Choreographer, Performer and Humanitarian. He received an Emmy, Dance MagazineAward, and American Choreography Award as well as grants/residencies supporting the development of new work. Choreography and film credits include Black Nativity (associate tap choreographer/security guard #1); Hit Series Psych; CBS's Secret Talents of the Stars (MYA); So You Think You Can Dance; Dancing with The Stars; UPAJ:Improvise; Dean Hargrove's Tap World and Tap Heat, Outkast's Idlewild; Debbie Allen's Cool Women. Stage Credits include Soul Possessed (leading role); Broadway's Bring in Da' Noise, Bring in Da'Funk (principal/lead roles); Imagine Tap! (leading role). He continues to tour worldwide as a soloist and with his company and various projects at premier venues which included Award-winning collaboration costarring Kathak Master Pandit Chitresh Das; JaJa Productions Band: and A.C.G.I. amongst others.
Laurie M.Taylor's distinctive movement style has placed her on the global stage as a dancer with various professional companies and master artists. She has performed with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Urban Bush Women, TONY-Winning Maija Garcia and Chris Berry of FELA! Broadway, as well as Modern dance icons Milton Myers and the late Eleo Pomare. As a choreographer, Laurie is highlighted for her musical collaborations with Alicia Olatuja, the EMMY-Winning Soulful Symphony, featured on NPR and developmental projects with Blue Note Recording Artist Derrick Hodge.
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