I am Amanda L. Edwards, a choreographer and poet based out of NYC & Philly.
I am presenting work at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) with Booking Dance Festival NYC at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and I need your help!
I recently created a new work entitled Letters II Mama. An excerpt of this work was shown in the 30-30-30 showcase at Dixon Place, in NYC last December. The full work will be shown at APAP with Booking Dance Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 5th 2019.
Letters II Mama is where my passions of teaching and creating intertwine. It comments on the taboo of black mental health, while giving a glimpse into my own struggles with mental health. This piece serves as an open letter to my mother, and a thank you to people who have unknowingly saved me.
I aim to open up the space for dialogue about education and support of black youth around issues of mental health. I encourage the audience to think about the importance of how we prepare our black youth to navigate and grow in a white society.
I am happy to be showing, and performing in this work with Philly based dance artists.
A native of Trinidad, Nyasha began her dance training in modern, jazz, and ballet at the Caribbean School of Dancing and later toured with the school’s pre-professional Metamorphosis dance company until she emigrated to the U.S. for college. She’s since had the privilege of developing her dance foundation under the tutelage of talented teachers such as the late Sherrill Berryman Johnson, Debbie Allen, and at the Martha Graham School. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2013 she has performed works by Evalina “Wally” Carbonell, Annielille Gavino of Ani Gavino/ Malayaworks Dance, and Melissa Rector. This is her second time working with Amanda L. Edwards, & she is honored to have this challenge/opportunity to find new ways of moving and connecting physically/intellectually/emotionally with other dance artists.She balances her dance career with a full time job as a family doctor.
Mynesha was born in Los Angeles, where she began dancing at 14. She was introduced to various dance styles including, hip-hip, jazz, modern, contemporary, drill and color guard. Mynesha attended University of California, Riverside (UCR), where she double majored in Sociology and Dance and was a member of ENVY Dance Company, Gluck Touring Ensemble, and other community and MFA dance projects. Mynesha graduated with a Master's in Dance/movement Therapy and Counseling from Drexel University in 2015. Mynesha enjoys working with adolescents as a therapist at the Juvenile Justice Services Center (Youth Study Center) and staff at Camp Sojourner Girls Leadership Camp. Mynesha hopes to increase awareness of mental health issues and advocate for the growth and overall wellbeing in communities of color.
Desiree’ Lovett graduated from The University of The Arts with a BFA in dance performance and a concentration in photography in May 2016. Desiree grew up in Maplewood, NJ and started her dance career at the age of three at Newark Community School of the Arts, Newark, NJ. Her pre-professional training began at Dance Theater of Harlem, Harlem, NY for six years. At the age of eleven she trained at The Ailey School in Manhattan, NY in the Pre-Professional and Professional Program in addition to performing in NJ Tap Ensemble under the direction of Deborah Mitchell at Sharon Miller Performing School of the Arts, Montclair, NJ. Her training at The Ailey School included acceptance in the Fellowship program for three years where she gained experience in assisting and teaching young children to dance. During her time at Alvin Ailey she performed excerpts of Revelations at the Apollo with the Ailey Company and Second Company, Ailey’s signature piece “Cry” on Oprah with Dwana Smallwood (legendary Company member), The Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for Alvin Ailey’s 50th Anniversary and The World Cup Diski Dance choreographed by Lucus Radebe on CBS Early Morning Show. She performed pieces choreographed by Franchesca Harper, Earl Mosley and Elenor Scott in Earl Mosley’s Dance against Cancer Winter Repertory Showcase.
Throughout this month we will be raising funds for the following:
· Technical fee
· Compensation for the dancers
· Rehearsal space
· Photo/Video of Performance
Amanda L. Edwards & Dancers || amandaleee.com
Risks and challenges
I find the biggest challenge when creating work, is being able to fairly compensate those involved, as well as pay for an adequate amount of studio time, to ensure that the creative/rehearsal processes are not rushed.
Because we are doing all or nothing fundraising, if we do not reach our goal we run the risk of loosing all funding.
I am thankful to those who have dedicated their time and talents to allow for this opportunity to be possible, as well for a platform such as Kickstarter to not only spread the word but to help bring this dream to reality.
I am excited to further expand my community of support, and can’t wait to share this work with you all!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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