MEET THE MENTORS BEHIND THE MISSION

DIRECTORS

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SHONICA GOODEN

 Founding Director 

Education : Point Park University (B.F.A. in Dance)

Professional Credits: Hamilton: An American Musical (Broadway), CATS (Broadway Revival; Rumpleteazer ),Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway), Matilda The Musical (National Tour), Bring It On: The Musical (Broadway and National Tour)

TV/Film: Fossé Verdon, Manifest, Ted 2 and The First Purge. 

AMBER JACKSON

Creative Director

(Founding Member)

Education: Point Park University; Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Professional Credits:
Hamilton: An American Musical,
Wicked (Broadway),
Rasta Thomas, Rock The Ballet


Tv/Film: So You Think You Can Dance, Netflix’s Soundtrack, The Late Show, James Corden, The Talk, and Nashville

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JAMAL WHITE

Social Media Manager

(Founding Member)

Education: Southern Methodist University (B.F.A. in Dance)

Professional Credits: Rasta Thomas' Rock the Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theater, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Alvin Ailey II, BODYTRAFFIC


Choreography Credits: Southern Methodist University,  London Contemporary Dance School, BODYTRAFFIC, Deeply Rooted Youth Ensemble, and The Ailey School

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TERRANCE MARTIN 

Director of Mentorship

(Founding Member)

Education: University Of The Arts (B.F.A. in Dance)

Professional Credits: Zorro The International China Tour, Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Sebastian),My Fair Lady, Mama Mia, Footloose ,  Wonderful Life, West Side Story, Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, In The Heights

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FRANCESCA AXAM-HOCKER 

Director of Philanthropy

(Founding Member)

Education: Boston Conservatory (B.F.A. in Dance)

Professional Credits: Board of Trustees member of the Berklee School of Music and The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

  • Senior Manager of Visitor Services at the Paley Center for Media.

  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Arts Administration and Management)

  • Manhattan School of Music (Arts Administration and Management)

AMBASSADORS' CIRCLE

WENDELL GRAY

Director of Community Outreach

(Founding Member)

Education: University Of The Arts (B.F.A. in Dance)

Professional Credits: collaborative works with Pavel Zustiak, Jonah Bokaer, Helen Simoneau, I-Ling Liu, Christal Brown, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, and J Bouey


Choreography Credits: University of the Arts, Pennsylvania Ballet II + Philadanco II, and Periapsis Music and Dance.

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TAKIA HOPSON

(Founding Member)

Education:  Southern Methodist University

  (B.F.A. in Dance; B.A. in  Journalism)

Professional Credits:


TV/Film: Earthgang's "Up" Music Video , Lead Dancer in A-Lex ft. Musiq Soulchild music video "Goals", Featured Dancer in Step Up: High Water


Choreography Credits: Ballet Dallas

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BRIANNE SELLARS

(Founding Member)

Education: Point Park University

(B.F.A. in Dance)

Professional Credits: Live Stage performance for Jackie Nese; peformed works by: Peter Chu, Kyle Abraham, Garfield Lemonius


Tv/Film: Step Up HighWater-Youtube Red

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AMBASSADORS