On October 8th, four talented teaching artists from her dance company can add Woodstock to this list. Teaching artists from Camille A. Brown and Dancers' celebrated community engagement platform, Every Body Move, will perform live in the Event Gallery, inviting you into stories and dialogues about race, culture, and identity. Join us as we welcome to the stage, Eki Asemota, Ethel Calhoun, Maxine Montilus and Pia M. Murray.
Following the performance, enjoy an inventive and energetic dance tutorial from CABD!
EKIUWA ASEMOTA also known as “Eki”, is a choreographer and designer, teaches children and adults to follow their dreams through self- esteem building and performing arts initiatives. She is a proud Hofstra University graduate, B.A. Fine Arts with a minor in Dance. Eki is both a teaching artist/community facilitator for Camille A. Brown and Dancers’ Every Body Move program and has served as a lead teaching artist for over a decade at the Center for Arts Education. In 2015 Eki founded Your Queens, a theatrical company that teaches the historic legacy of African Queens such as Queens Amina of Zaria-Nigeria, Queen Makeda of Ethiopia, Queen Nzingha of Angola, as well as Queens Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Goddess Isis and King Tut of Egypt through storytelling, song, and dance. Each Queen and King adorned in royal costume, share their dynamic history with the audience, while bringing joy, building self-esteem and confidence through beauty, legacy, and power. In the past 5 years, under Eki's creative directorship, Your Queens has provided its services to over 200 organizations including public schools, counseling centers, special events, art/music festivals, colleges and more. It has been featured in NY Newsday, Elle Magazine, The Village Voice, YV Magazine, The Huffington Post, Essence, The Root, Hot97, Cuny TV, CBSN, News 12 and various online articles through social media.
PIA MONIQUE MURRAY is known as a jack of all trades in the dance industry, having been a choreographer, performer, teacher, arts administrator, stage, tour/company manager, and rehearsal assistant. Pia has been a teaching artist for Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Urban Arts Partnership, Dreamyard Project, Brooklyn Arts Council, Dancewave, and Mark DeGarmo & Dancers. As a Lincoln Center Scholar, she obtained a master’s degree in dance education from Hunter College and graduated with high honors as a member of the National Honors Society for Dance. Pia performs contemporary dance with RAKIA!, traditional dance from Côte d’Ivoire with Vado Diomande’s Kotchegna Dance Company, and leads Pia Monique Murray Dance Collective (PMMDC).
As an educator Pia's pedagogy combines art education (expanding student experiences through various art media) and aesthetic education (engaging with works of art through various learning modalities). By creating, performing, responding, and connecting to dance, students learn to apply tools, skills, and concepts in various situations in order to achieve a goal or express an idea. Pia's classes do not just develop strong and flexible dancers, but more importantly smart dancers that can apply their acquired skills to any endeavor they pursue in life.
MAXINE MONTILUS is a native of Brooklyn, New York and a first-generation Haitian-American. Maxine has a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance from The University of the Arts, an M.A. in Arts Management from City University London, and an M.A. in Dance Education from Hunter College via the Lincoln Center Scholars program.
As a dancer, Maxine has performed with Ase Dance Theatre Collective, Balasole Dance Company, KaNu Dance Theater and Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits. Maxine performed with SpeakDance Collective in the Festival of Art and Folklore in Santiago de Cuba in April 2016. She was featured in the theatrical production “La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar” produced by Lukumi Arts in December 2016 at JACK Art Space, and in February 2017 at HERE Arts Center. She also performed in Jean Claude Eugene’s production “Zatrap: HaitiTrauma” at The Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland in October 2017 and Queens Museum Theatre in May 2018.
As a choreographer, Maxine has presented work at the "Being Bushified!" culture and community series hosted by Urban Bush Women, "The Makings of You" (at Dance New Amsterdam) and "Epic Narratives" (at The Actors Fund Arts Center) with Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits, "Shadow of a Pearl" and "Malgre Tout" with KaNu Dance Theater at Jamaica Performing Arts Center, The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, Harlem School for the Arts with Haiti Cultural Exchange for their annual Selebrasyon Festival, and the inaugural Rex Nettleford Arts Conference in Kingston, Jamaica.
Maxine is also a member of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE, through which she has presented choreography in their annual New Traditions Showcase from 2015-2017. In 2014, she choreographed BallyBeg Production's third play and Equity-approved showcase, "The Taste Of It", and was a 2015 nominee for Outstanding Choreography/Movement in The New York Innovative Theater Awards for her work in the production. In 2017, Maxine served as the Afro Cuban/Haitian Folklore consultant for choreographer Camille A. Brown in her work for the Tony-Award winning musical “Once On This Island”.
Holding degrees from Lincoln University and New York University, Ethel has over 20 years of performance and dance instruction, from the community level to the New York stage. She choreographs and teaches the full range of dance styles from West African Dance to liturgical dance. Regularly lending her instructional talents to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and to Camille A. Brown & Dancers as an Every Body Move Teaching Artist/Community Facilitator, Ethel also serves as a movement therapist and counselor to the health care community delivering rehabilitation remedies that restore, rejuvenate and renew.
A member of Abyssinian Baptist Church, Ethel lends her voice in the choir and is a primary soloist there. She has toured in many Gospel groups and was featured in Germany and Austria for three consecutive summers. A certified Personal Trainer with the American Council of Exercise, Ethel is also a fitness professional who customizes client routines for populations from the young to the aged, from the infirmed to the empowered, promoting wellness and fitness through motion.
A member of the Screen Actors Guild, Ethel has entertained in 12 countries spanning 5 continents, has appeared in 8 stage productions and worked on episodes of “Law and Order” and various films. In October of 2019, she became a member of Equity and is excited about performing more in theater. Lastly, Ethel was recently recognized for her artistic contributions to the community by being awarded Omega Psi Phi’s 15th Chapter’s anniversary laureate. Her humanitarian efforts are numerous and continue to keep her as a popular and sought-after artist.
Presented as part of Bethel Woods Artist in Residency Program E3, EVERY BODY MOVE (EBM) works to inspire and incite ambitious collective action fueled by the art of social dance. Built on our belief that social dance works as a powerful tool for social change, EBM cultivates the creative capacity of its participants through innovative workshops and celebrations for people of diverse abilities, identities and ages. Check out what more they have to offer on their website.