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CUNY Dance Initiative Professional Development Panel
Start Date: 5/12/2021Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 5/12/2021

Event Description:
Join us for an honest discussion with CDI guest artists TweetBoogie and Glenn Potter-Takata, and Lehman alumni Rich James and Brittany Wilson about the professional world of dance, and the artist’s journey after college,
Location Information:
Contact Information:
Name: Music Program
Phone: 718-960-8247
CUNY Dance Initiative
Attachments For This Event:
    > CDI - Professional Development Workshop 5-12-21
Admission Information:
Admission free; reservation required.
Please email Professor Amy Larimer for Zoom link:
Other Details:
Gorno a.k.a. Glenn Potter-Takata is an artist-person from Los Angeles, based in The Bronx. My work is a means to deconstruct a Japanese-diasporic experience through video and performance, using Butoh to elevate Japanese capitalist iconography, like Godzilla and Hello Kitty, to the status of holy. Shingon Buddhist meditation ceremonies and Sailor Moon transformation rituals are frequent source materials. My work has been presented by Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research, Triskelion Arts, HERE Arts, Dixon Place, Amanda + James, and Mizuma & Kips. Performance credits include works at Links Hall, Howl! Arts, Pasadena Playhouse, National Puppetry Festival, Long Beach Opera, and Redmoon, where I was rehearsal director and a teaching artist. I received my MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where I studied multimedia performance.

Always representing The South Bronx, TweetBoogie is devoted to the street styles of hip-hop. Her passion lead her to work with top artists like Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Mary J Blige, Shakira, Kanye West & Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, and the most recent the iconic Miss Janet Jackson in her amazing “Made For Now” video. Tweetie was also the host of MTV's "Dances From Tha Hood" with Sway Calloway as her executive producer. Some of her biggest clients were teaching Gail and Oprah some of the latest hip-hop moves as a guest choreographer on The OPRAH Show. As the Ambassador of the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival ,TweetBoogie believes in helping Ladies of all ages and sizes across the world to come together and celebrate street dance culture thru music & dance one Ladie at a time. Lastly, TweetBoogie was a guest artist teaching hip hop dance at the Juste DeBout School located in Paris as well as the Hip Hop judge for there Juste DeBout Global 2019 tour. One of the biggest international underground dance battles that travels worldwide.

Brittany Wilson is a Queens native who began her training at the Edge School of the Arts. She later pursued a double major in Dance and Exercise Science at Lehman College in the Bronx. Upon graduation she was presented with the Modern Dance Choreography award for her senior project entitled “Isn’t It Pretty To Think So”. She has been choreographing original pieces for 13 years which includes producing her first evening length concert in 2011 entitled “Fresh”. Her performance credits include Lehman College, Green Space, Dixon Place, Alchemical Theatre, Harlem School of the Arts, The Secret Theatre and Downtown Art. Her director, choreographer, producer credits include acting Artistic Director of Herbert H Dance Company at Lehman College from 2014-2018.
Her journey as an arts administrator began in 2016 when she applied for Pentacle's "Cultivating Leadership in Dance" internship. The experience led to opportunities such as interning with Dance Films Association, Abraham.In.Motion and securing an Administrative Coordinator position at Bridging Education & Art Together (BEAT). In 2019 she was promoted to Program Director at BEAT in order to offer and advocate for quality arts programming for youth in under-resourced communities and people with disabilities, and to create work opportunities for NYC based Teaching Artists. Her passion for the arts exceeded the stage when she discovered there were more ways to contribute. This understanding led her to launch her fiscally sponsored grant organization, B. Wilson Producing Scholars, that benefits emerging dance producers/choreographers by providing financial and administrative support.

In addition, Brittany teaches dance to children ages 5-12. She previously served as a member of the DanceNYC Junior Committee, a 2019 Queens Council on the Arts, Art Producer and as the Company Manager of ModArts Dance Collective. She has been a featured speaker AND consultant at the Dance/NYC Symposium, Arts of Administrators of Color Convening, and Pentacle.

These opportunities continue to inspire Brittany to support the dance community through artistic and administrative mentorship, advocacy for youth and artists and financially supporting aspiring dance producers.

Rich James is a Panama native that grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn where his eclectic dance style had been deeply influenced by his culture and the people that surrounded him. At the early age of 10, he started his dance training in various dance styles such as Hip Hop, Jazz, West African, and Tap.

James, got his first real taste of the entertainment industry as a teen, where he was discovered and hired to model for various commercial print ads. During his high school and college years (Lehman College) he was also a competitive Track and Field athlete but his passion for the arts never died.

Currently, James can be spotted modeling and dancing in various international print ads, music videos, and in popular Netflix series such as POSE. In the Future, he hopes to open his very own dance studio for children of low income households where he can share his live for the arts.
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