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The Color of My Storm

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It seems that everywhere Michelle Gibson goes she brings her infectious energy that all who come in her presence can never forget. Michelle's energy and passion are matched by few when it comes to dance.

Choreographer, educator, and performing artist, she received her BFA in Dance from Tulane University and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ The American Dance Festival at Duke University. 

Her teaching practice and choreographic works range from genres of the African Diaspora, Contemporary / Traditional Modern, Afro Funk, Jazz, and her own New Orleans Second Line Aesthetic. 

Cultivating her craft over the past years in an effort to preserve her culture Michelle has been teaching and creating works that are firmly rooted in New Orleans culture and has defined this idea as her own “Second Line Aesthetics ” that she has determined involves both technical and improvised movement, brass music and the embrace of communal ritual.

Sharing her culture aboard Michelle was invited September 2015 to Rennes France teaching her New Orleans Second Aesthetics and Guest Lecture with the Compagnie Engrenage and the festival Le Funk Prend Les Rennes (translated the Funk Takes the Reins).

The festival honored and focused on the brass band culture of New Orleans both music and dance also focusing on Nigerian Afrobeat .

A five year faculty member with American Dance Festival and currently a candidate working towards receiving the Katherine Dunham Technique Certification she has had wonderful opportunities teaching, lecturing, and setting choreography at various intensives, institutions and universities not to mention choreography for several theater companies and live entertainment organizations locally, in the U.S and internationally.

As an freelance artist, New Orleans native, and presently living in Dallas TX Michelle is dedicating her energies, pedagogical practice, and performance based research geared toward cultivating the community and the world aboard. 

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©2016 Omar Ramos Photography All Rights Reserved.

Fourth Edition of Dance

Dance, Photography, Portraits, BeautyOmar RamosComment

Well it was bound to happen. This will be my most emotional post on this beautiful dancer. I have watched her bounce around as a toddler, and now she has developed into one of the most polished dancers I have had the pleasure of watching. 

Milan has had a passion for dancing since she was in diapers.  She began her classical Ballet training at Dance Institute of Dallas, and has increased her repertoire to include Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, African and Hip Hop.  She is currently a Junior at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she is a member of the World Dance Ensemble under the direction of Michelle Zada Hall.  Additionally, she studies at Dallas Black Dance Academy and performs in its Allegro Performing Ensemble under the direction of Katricia Eaglin.

She has received training from world-renowned dancers and choreographers such as: Madame Adrienne Dellas, Baba Chuck Davis, Juel D. Lane and Arthur Leeth, and has spent summers training at Léon Dance Arts NY, Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, and Debbie Allen Dance Institute in Dallas.

Additionally, she studies at Dallas Black Dance Academy and performs in its Allegro Performing Ensemble under the direction of Katricia Eaglin.

Milan has a reputation for dancing as if no one is watching, yet dancing as if everyone is watching at the same time.  When it comes to beautiful dancers, she is definitely one to watch!

Third Edition of Dance

Photography, Portraits, DanceOmar Ramos7 Comments

I am so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by so many talented individuals in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Not to mention the incredible dancers that came through the world renowned Booker T. Washington High School of the Visual and Performing Arts. And this young dancer is no exception to the rule. 

Zaria JaNae has always had a love for dance since the age of three. Zaria is now a junior Booker T. Washington High School of the Visual and Performing Arts. She is a member of the BTW World Ensemble under the direction of Ms. Michelle Z. Hall and studies at the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

Over the years Zaria continued to grow and develop into a powerful and energetic dancer. She has received professional dance training from world-renowned choreographers such as: Bubba Chuck Davis, Debbie Allen, Juel D. Lane, Clifford Williams and Dorell Martin.

When it comes to strength, energy and floor presence I'm not sure anyone can match this young star. I look forward to seeing her perform in this season BTW World Ensemble and for years to come.

Zaria JaNae Dance