Diversity of Dance, Inc. Boards
Diversity of Dance, Inc. thanks its Boards for their commitment and generosity in leading Diversity of Dance, Inc. and all of our programs to bring the highest level of excellence in providing learning and growth opportunities for young dancers from around the world.
Board of Directors
Candace Carponter, President
Fredrick Earl Mosley, Founder and Artistic Director
Brian Harlan Brooks
George Coleman, President Emeritus
Sheryl Pollard Thomas
Candace Carponter is a graduate of Cornell University and received her JD from George Washington University School of Law. While in Washington, Candace worked on Capitol Hill, and after law school, she took a position as staff attorney with the Civil Division of The Legal Aid Society. For the past twenty-seven years, she has headed her own law practice, now located in Downtown Brooklyn, where she specializes in real estate transactions and litigation and supportive housing. From 2008 to 2013, Candace served as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Berkeley Carroll School, a private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY where she sat on the Committee on Trustees, the Buildings and Grounds Committee, and the Development Committee. In the 13 years that her daughter attended school there, she participated in and spearheaded many fundraising activities for the school, including the gift of the Class of 2012, the largest gift given to BC by a graduating class. Candace currently is a Board Member of Everybody's Reading, a not for profit organization engaged in training educators in New York City to teach children with learning issues, including dyslexia.
Examples of Candace’s other extracurricular activities include serving as managing attorney for the Legal Team and on the Steering Committee of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, a community organization founded to fight the private taking of 23 acres in the middle of brownstone Brooklyn for a basketball arena, which raised over $2 million to support its efforts. She also served as Co-Chair of the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, a coalition of 40 community groups organized to address the negative impacts of the proposed "Atlantic Yards". She is actively engaged in community issues surrounding overdevelopment in Brooklyn, and statewide issues involving climate change and raising the minimum wage.
Candace is the very proud mom of Alia, an EMIA and Alvin Ailey School graduate, who now attends Skidmore College, majoring in Dance and International Affairs, both passions which were nurtured and flourished under Mr. Mosley's tutelage.
Brian Harlan Brooks was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey. He began his dance training at the Dance Theater of Harlem, and later moved on to Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre. Since then, Brian has performed with such companies as, Forces of Nature, Philadelphia Dance Company (Philidanco), Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre; the tour of Vinette Carole’s "Your Arms Too Short Box with God," Donald Byrd/The Group, Williams/Henry Danse Theatre, Earl Moseley’s Diversity of Dance, and The Color Purple first National Tour. Brian has recently added TV and Film to his career performing in, Across the Universe, Lifted a Fox Searchlight Film, and the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Brian’s teaching, choreography, and artistic leadership are an important part of his career. He has had the pleasure of working as a leader in varying capacities such as rehearsal director for Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/The Group, Ailey Camp Missouri Site Director, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet; and Dance Captain for the Color Purple First National Tour, to name a few. Brian has embarked on his journey as a professional actor completing a two-year intensive training program at The William Esper Studio under the training of Bruce McCarty and Suzanne Esper, and co-starring in The Metropolitan Playhouse’s 2011 production of One-third a Nation. In 2012 he began work as Assistant Choreographer for Motown the Musical and is currently the Associate and Resident Choreographer for both the Broadway and the touring companies. Brian sees doing his art as a privilege and service; he continues to be grateful to serve in the arts.
George Coleman is a graduate of Columbia College (BA) and the University of Connecticut (MSW). Now retired, he spent most of his work life on the faculty of the UCONN School of Social Work, with the exception of a 3-year assignment as Deputy Commissioner of the state's Department of Income Maintenance, and a 5-year digression pursuing his second passion, starting a carpentry/construction business. He has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Creative Housing, Inc, and Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc.
Julia Discenza was born and raised in Hartord, CT. She studied dance, theater, and voice through high school at Choate Rosemary Hall. In 2014, she earned her B.A. in Biology and Dance from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she studied with Colleen Thomas, Katie Glasner, Katiti King. There she participated in the creation of new works by Andrea Miller, Larry Keigwin, Sidra Bell, Bill Young and others. She has had the privilege to study contemporary dance in Paris, Berlin, and Florence, where she practiced Flying Low, Countertechnique and Gaga. Since graduating, Julia has performed with Colleen Thomas Dance, Trainor Dance, NathanTrice|RITUALS, Soluq Dance Theater, MICHIYAYA, Pilobolus, and recently finished a season with Gibney Dance Company. She is a current collaborator with Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup and Gregory Dolbashian's DASH Ensemble. Also a professional photographer and filmmaker, Julia has choreographed, directed, shot, and edited dance films for the past several years.
Jesse Obremski a native New Yorker, started training at The Ailey School and has graduated from LaGuardia High School (2008-2012) and The Juilliard School (2012-2016 under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes). Jesse, an Eagle Scout Rank recipient (2010), Father Fame Awardee (2012), Jadin Wong Dance Awardee (2016), and "Dancer to Watch" by Interview En L'air (2017), has also attended Springboard Danse Montreal, Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts (EMIA), and Jacob's Pillow's Contemporary Program.
Jesse has performed with Diversity of Dance, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Kate Weare Company, WHITE WAVE Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre, and has been a principle with The Limón Dance Company since 2016. Jesse has been on faculty across Canada and America with FRESH Dance Intensive, Bay Ridge Ballet, EMIA, MOVE(NYC), and has been guest faculty at LaGuardia High School, Montclair State University, and The University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Jesse has been commissioned for new creations by Zest Collective and NOVA, respectively, and his works have been showcased at EMIA, Playscape 2016, The Juilliard School's Choreographic Honors Concert, and Dixon Place amongst others. www.jesseobremski.com
Sheryl Pollard-Thomas co-chair and dance teacher at Boston Arts Academy, is a graduate of Purchase College where she received a B.F.A. in Dance. She was also trained at the Alvin Ailey Dance School and she is a high school graduate from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She has performed with modern dance companies and also musical theatre. She was a principal dancer with the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company for ten years. While performing in various musical productions she was afforded the opportunity to work with such notable choreographers as George Faison, Graciella Danielle, Judith Jamison and Gene Anthony Ray, as a dancer and/or assistant choreographer. Ms. Pollard-Thomas has conducted master classes in the Horton technique in Italy, Germany, Detroit, Miami, and Boston. During her performing career she has also taught modern and jazz dance at various NYC public schools after-school programs and was an adjunct dance teacher at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. After relocating to Boston to teach at the Arts Academy, Ms. Pollard-Thomas has been on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory, the Jeannette Neil Dance School, Origination Cultural Arts Center, and currently teaching Contemporary Modern at Harvard University. Ms. Pollard-Thomas teaches modern, ballet, jazz, and West African dance techniques and she choreographs for the main stage and in studio productions at BAA and outside of school. She is the Residential Director, Assistant Director and teacher/choreographer for Earl Mosley’s Institute for The Arts Summer Intensive. In May of 2014 Ms. Thomas received the 2014 Champion of Arts Education Advocacy Award from Arts|Learning; for her outstanding contributions to the promotion of artistic excellence within Massachusetts.