These Will Be Our Amazing Artists For August 2018
Since its founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world. Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the Fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy. The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha'sprinciples of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.
On January 5, 1924, the Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Morehouse College. Throughout its history, the Alpha Rho chapter has served as the standard for all others to follow. Since 1998, the chapter has produced five valedictorians, five salutatorians, five SGA presidents, and over $50,000 in step show winnings. This chapter takes pride as student-leaders in every facet of campus life.
Kalaivani Dance Academy is a nationally renowned dance academy that was founded by Smt. Padmaja Kelam in 2004 with the vision of engaging students in the fine art, technique, and love of one of the most ancient and graceful art forms of India that is Bharatanatyam. The Academy strives to promote excellence in imparting training that is based on time tested traditions of performance and practice. The Academy has been a forerunner in offering intensive training courses including private and group lessons, specialized fusion choreography and opportunities to gain superior educational advancement via Certificate/Diploma/Associate’s degree and Undergraduate degrees in Bharatanatyam. Kalaivani Academy also has partnered with various other dance schools of diverse genres in an attempt to promote collaboration between the various elements of the universal continuum that is dance.
Guru Padmaja Kelam, is Director and her brilliant ability to juxtapose tradition and innovation is seen in every riveting masterpiece that she creates with loving and effortless detail with delicate nuances, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “Poetry in motion”. Padmaja’s belief in every child being able to reach individualized pinnacles of perfection is embodied in her demand for perfection in execution of mudras, adavus, bhedas and karanas while striving to build and hone endurance to perform flawlessly with utmost dedication and devotion. Her passion for perfection is reflected in her unique choreography as she weaves magic into the tapestry of every dance item that she brings to life through the remarkable renditions of her students.
Guru Siddarth Kelam is Co Director and he comes from a background of dance and music. He has been trained in Bharata Natyam from his father Sudershan Kelam first and then continued his training under his mother Padmaja Kelam. He has also been trained in Carnatic Vocals by Guru Savitha Namuduri and Guru Srinath Kalavichirathil. Lastly, he has trained in mridangam under Guru Subramaniam Vishwanathan, Guru Bharadan, and Guru Santosh Chandru. Being immersed in dance and music his whole life Siddarth decided to take his passion for music, one step further and enrolled into SAE Atlanta. He graduated with a diploma in Audio engineering along with a distinction as salutatorian of his class.
Cici Kelley, the Artistic Director and Founder of Dare Dream Dance, has a list of accomplishments is extensive and audiences around the world have been entertained by her dance moves. Her choreography and mesmerizing performances have been featured by the Atlanta Falcons both in national commercials and during halftime entertainment. Other choreography credits include the Fugees’ European tour, Musiq Soulchild’s “Stir the Senses” tour, and Toni Braxton’s 2010 tour and television performances. Kelley danced with Beyonce Knowles in her video for “Get Me Bodied” and during her performance of the hugely popular “Single Ladies” during the 2009 MTV VMAs. Kelley has also stepped into her philanthropic shoes by helping up-and-coming young dancers start their careers off on the right foot with "The DARE DREAM DANCE Project," a C4 Atlanta fiscally sponsored initiative. Inclusive of the projects programming, Kelley provides unique commercial dance education training with a classical foundation, to develop world class artists who want to achieve success in the field of dance. She offers the Trifecta scholarship within the Dare Dream Dance framework to provide talented and highly ambitious young dancers the means with which to hone their craft and pursue their dreams in America’s three major dance centers: Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles.
Rae Yvonne Ransom Coleman, the Director of Education, has a diverse dance background, extensive stage production experience and organizational know-how, and a dedicated commitment to community involvement and arts advocacy. The daughter of former first lady of Atlanta, Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, and platinum recording artist, musician and writer Ray Ransom, she is a well-known talent in the city of Atlanta. With 21 years of teaching and choreography experience and over 30 years of performance experience, Mrs. Coleman has traveled the world as a result of her passion for dance. Educated as a Dance major at North Atlanta School of the Arts, and, remaining loyal to the institution that helped her realize her life’s calling, Rae received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College in Drama with a concentration in Dance. Her formal training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, and West African began in the Spelman College Children’s. Rae serves as the Dance Department Director at Westlake High School and the head coach and choreographer for the Morehouse College Dance Team Mahogany-N-Motion and the stage manager for Giwayen Mata. She prides herself on being able to reach her students at any level and pushing them to reach their full potential.
Co-Op Dance Ensemble is a cooperative assembly of dancers that perform professionally throughout the Atlanta area. As eager and experienced artist in the Metro Atlanta area, Co-Op thrives on new dance opportunities, collaborations and projects. Co-Op is horned to perform at this year’s Trinity Awards and is excited to be giving back to the community to recognize those who have helped their communities in a big way.
Has a certificate in Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Devon’s work includes performing with Seasame Street Live: Make a New Friend and has had the privilege of being on the set of many shows and commercials including Glee, 2 Broke Girls, Nike, and AT&T. Devon is currently performing with SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company and as a member of CiCi Kelley’s 3D professional company.
Jenna Lorson Gamerl:Choreogrpaher
Has a BFA in Dance Education and minor in musical theater from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Jenna has toured with Sesame Street Live as a performer and performance Director. Jenna currently dances for SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company and throughout the Atlanta area.
Is a graduate of Valdosta State University, Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance. Alainna has performed and presented choreography at the American College Dance conference and was awarded the “Creative Research Award” in dance for her extensive research. Alainna currently dances for SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company and Fuerta Dance Company.
Has a BFA in Dance and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Valdosta State University. Leah has performed in SOMAfest NYC 2013, New Grounds Festival 2013 with Critical Mass Dance Company and the M.A.D. Festival 2014 with SWADance Collective. Leah currently performs with SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company and Fuerta Dance Company.
Is a 2008, Magna Cum Laude, graduate of the University of Georgia with an AB in Dance and an ABJ in Public Relations. While at UGA, Mary’s choreography was selected for the American Collegiate Dance Festival and featured in the Young Choreographer’s Series and Tap Dawgs Showcase. Mary Currently performs with SIDEWAYS Contemporary dance Company.
Is a graduate of East Carolina University where she received a BFA in Dance Performance. Kaitlin has choreographed and danced in the TV movie Game Time: Tackling the Past. Kaitlin currently performs with SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, Atlanta Dance Collective and Stella Entertainment.
Holds a bachelor of Performing Arts degree in Dance Performance from the School of American Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University. Her work includes the theme park stages of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Six Flags Magic Mountain. Audrey is now performing with Atlanta-based Fuerta Dance Company and SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company.
Is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia with a BFA in Dance with K12 Certification, and a Minor in Anthropology. Meg ha had the opportunity to perform in Costa Rica with Danza Universitaria in San Jose and most recently has worked as the Head Resident Assistant for the Joffrey South program on UGA’s campus for her second year. Meg currently dances with SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company and Fuerta Dance Company.
Brenda Nicole Moore a winner of the 2017 Creative Loafing Best Soul & Jazz vocalist award. Brenda is making a name for herself one city at a time. The Atlanta- bred songstress has already graced stages alongside some jazz heavy hitters like Christian McBride, Brandon Williams, Julie Dexter, and Roy Ayers. Headlining the next generation stage at the 2017 Atlanta Jazz Festival opened up doors for Brenda to access larger stages, performing at notable venues like the Blue Note in New York, Rockwood Music Hall, and City Winery. Brenda’s music has garnered attention from tastemaker Gilles Peterson, DJ Jamal Ahmad, Ebony Magazine, AfroElle, Soulbounce, Singersroom, Afropunk, and Soultracks. Her latest album, Brand New Heart, landed her a licensing deal with Japan’s P-Vine Records.
Moorer’s brand of music is both refreshing and vintage, like a quiet gardenscape of secret passages, situated somewhere between sunrise and heartbreak. Soul Bounce describes Moorer’s voice as “a sweet sound like a blend between Minnie Riperton and Corinne Bailey Rae.” Brenda fuses jazz, soul, and folk elements into her songwriting, crafting songs with a quiet ache and intriguing pull. Moorer works closely with Brooklyn based keyboardist/producer Jesse Fischer. Together, they released the EP, “For Lovers & Believers,” presenting music with a positive message, simple melodies atop laid back rhythms, heavy Rhodes, and underlying synths. Brenda’s latest album, Brand New Heart was co-written by keyboardist Kenny Banks Jr and Jesse Fischer embarking on a full length album which features Chris Turner from Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner. Her latest work landed her on Good Day Atlanta twice, and often singing for Atlanta’s Office of Arts & Cultural affairs events. Currently, Brenda is touring with her four piece band and performs regularly in Atlanta and New York. She has worked with nonprofits such as New York Philharmonic, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, and Center for Puppetry Arts in continuing the arts in our communities.