A West Indian native strongly influenced by the resilient, determined and prideful culture she knows. Her movement style embodies her innate Caribbean rhythms and sensibilities, fused with highly technical prowess developed through years of training in ballet, modern and contemporary techniques. Credits include principal dancer with the Company Dance Theater (Jamaica) and the world-renown Garth Fagan Dance. The NY Times describes her “razor-sharp extension and silky gusto”…as “elegance-the blazing sort.”; while the LA Times called her, “a captivating, versatile and resilient force.” Since 2017, Bully works as an independent artist and choreographer in the Caribbean region and internationally, intent on sharing her heritage through contemporary dance.
Persephone DaCosta is a renaissance woman whose passion for the arts and her community has led her to utilize dance; to preserve, educate and celebrate arts from Africa and the Caribbean Diaspora. Born of Trinidadian descent she is focused on traveling to the Caribbean and Africa to bring to life, “on stage” the commonalities of Caribbean Folk , Contemporary & Traditional African Dance. She is currently the founder and Artistic Director of Batingua Dance & Drums Productions LLC where her choreography focuses on West African, Trinidadian, Jamaican, and Haitian dances.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Kevin is the Founder and Artistic Director of Kofago Dance Ensemble, based in Jamaica, New York. A graduate of the NYU’s Dance Education Graduate Program, His dance focus is in traditional West African dance techniques from the countries of Mali and Senegal. Kevin is also versed in Afro Cuban, Haitian Folkloric, and various Modern/Contemporary techniques. He is currently the West African dance instructor for the Gloria Eve School of the Performing Arts, and a Professor of Dance at Queensborough Community College
María “Mara” Rivera was born and raised in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. She is a dance movement therapist, healer, and dancer living in Bronx, NY. She has presented choreographic work most recently with Afro-Inspira, Legacy Women, and Ase Dance Theatre Collective. Maria has traveled to Cuba, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Haiti to research traditional dance, which have highly contributed to her vision of incorporating Afro-Caribbean dance and African-based spiritual/healing principles into her psychotherapeutic practice, emphasizing its capacity to restore and maintain physical, emotional, and spiritual health
Gabriela Silva is a performer, choreographer, teacher and community organizer from Brazil, based in New York City. Through the guidance of many respected choreographers and educators, Gabriela has studied and performed across the United States and internationally. Influenced by cultural traditions from Africa and its Diaspora, she seeks to evoke the legacy of those who use culture as a means for unity, survival and revolution through her work. Gabriela has been a performer with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group since 2016.
Dancer and Choreographer Kyle Marshall is a 2018 NY Dance and Performance “Bessie” Jury Award recipient and a NJ State Council of the Arts Fellow. His dance company, Kyle Marshall Choreography (KMC) has performed at venues including: Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Joe’s Pub at the Public, Actors Fund Arts Center, NYC Summerstage, and Wassaic Arts Project,. Commissions have included: “Dance on the Lawn” Montclair’s Dance Festival, NJPAC and Harlem Stage. Kyle currently dances with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and doug elkins choreography etc. Kyle is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance.