Education Concei O Damasceno King Queen Competition Carnaval San Francisco 2017 115


Conceição Damasceno King & Queen Competition Carnaval San Francisco 2017 115

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Judges Michelle Martin Michelle Martin specialized in dance and visual arts with Oakland Park and Recreation Department for thirteen years and then went on to pursue a major in Dance/Performing Arts at SF State. During this time she was given the opportunity to study in St. Louis, Missouri, with Katherine Dunham and several other masters of the original Dunham Dance Company. Her studies have taken her to the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, as well as independent study with Jean Leon Destine and Richard Gonzalez in New York City. Michelle has traveled throughout Nigeria, Cuba, and Haiti to study dance and music through religious ceremony. She has worked with Bantaba and Diamano Coura West African Dance Companies, toured Nigeria with Wajumbe Cultural Ensemble, and was the assistant artistic director, choreographer, principal dancer, and singer for the nationally acclaimed Haitian dance group Petit la Croix with Blanche Brown. Michelle has taught Haitian dance and song at several Bay Area institutions and has been an artist-in-residence with the S.F. Unified School District since 1989 and is working with the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts High School in the Theater Department. In 2010 she was awarded the Alliance for California Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant as a Yoruba/ Lukumí master beadworker. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Conceição Damasceno A well-respected choreographer, performer and instructor, Conceição Damasceno studied Brasilian folkloric, modern, jazz and Afro Brasilian dance from an early age. Her dance education included Castelo Branco, Ebateca, Funacao Cultural da Bahia, Teatro Castro Alves and Sesc (the best dance schools in Salvador, Bahia, Brasil). She did extensive research in Afro Brasilian folklore and religion – especially from the Reconcovo region of Bahia (a location for early slave communities). In the United States, Ms. Damasceno studied the Katherine Dunham technique – including taking workshop(s) with the legendary dance icon herself. Ms. Damasceno has performed throughout Brasil, the United States, Europe and Asia. She has performed at the opening of show for major artists, including Gilberto Gil, Margareth Menezes, Celia Cruz and Tito Puentas. She has been a sought-after dance instructor for over 25 years. Ms. Damasceno has represented Brasilian culture for nearly 26 years in San Francisco’s annual Carnaval Parade. She has staged several applauded local theatre productions, including Mixtura Brasileira, the Yemanja Arts Festival, CuBahia and the Sao Joao Festival. She received a Certificate of Honor from the City of San Francisco for “25 Years of Artistry and Cultural Contributions to the Carnaval Community. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Tika Morgan Tika Morgan is a full time instructor of Afro Contemporary and Latin Dance with 20 years of professional experience. Her unique teaching style has garnered a loyal and devoted following throughout the SF Bay Area and she continues to be an inspiring source in the dance community. Tika began dancing at age four and had her first experience performing professionally at age 11 touring India with a British Shakespeare Company. She is a graduated teacher of the acclaimed Silvestre Dance Technique (Brazil) and has been working with its founders since 2008. Tika continues her education of dance ethnology in both Brazil and Cuba each year, which enables her to educate people on the places where the dances of the African Diaspora connect and diverge through these regions. Tika has choreographed for concerts, musical theater, music videos and carnival parades. Her work has been featured in Quién Magazine Mexico, Marie Claire Latino América, SF Chronicle and was most recently chosen by SF Bay Guardian’s top 20 choices for dance.


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