Kevin A. Joseph and Lakai Worrell – former hip hop dancers – met over 30 years ago at a hip-hop competition in East New York, Brooklyn which is known to be a historically underserved community. Joseph and Worrell used dance as a way to propel themselves out of the environment in which they lived. With hip-hop as their foundation, the duo expanded their dance vocabulary across various disciplines through a mix of studying under professional dancers, training at professional institutions and performing with various dance companies. Over the years, the two have evolved into brilliant dancers, choreographers, and stage artists. Because of their versatility as dancers, the two have worked in film, theater, television and with several prominent individual artists. Highlights of their collective careers include performing at events such as The American Black Film Festival, Lincoln Center Outdoors, VH1 Divas and Live, PBS’s “Black Dance in The 20th Century;” and working with artists such as Savion Glover, Phylicia Rashaad, Lauryn Hill, Ossie Davis and James Stovall to name a few.
Aspire 2 Dance is a dance school based in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn offering ballet, hip hop, tap, zumba and African dance to children from age 3 to adults. Under the direction of Deborah Cook, the school has grown since its inception from Debbie’s Creative Dance Workshop with 8 students to its current status of students coming from all over the borough of Brooklyn.
The Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center aims to use the arts, primarily dance, as a means to empower youth within New York’s inner city communities. They endeavor to mold elite dancers and artists who will be able to develop, grow and compete on the world’s stage. The center will be a springboard for creating community identity and encouraging creative activity in neglected inner city areas.
The Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center’s mission is to use dance as a platform to encourage, inspire, and facilitate the aspirations of young people by engendering within them discipline, pride, determination, humility, respect and an appreciation for the arts. They aim to plant seeds of possibility where previously growth and development has been perceived an impossibility.
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