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Workin' 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

Torya Beard

Arlene Boop

Brian Harlan Brooks

George Coleman, President Emeritus

Julia Discenza

Dana Dorman

Jesse Obremski

Sheryl Pollard Thomas

Jamal Story

Wanda Wiig

 

Advisory Board

Kim Bourne

Clifton Brown

Graham Daw

Erin Fogarty

Laura Ingoglia

Nick Ingoglia

Lavinia Mancuso

Pamela Newkirk

Matthew Rushing

George Santana

Greg Sinacori

Michelle Smith

Deborah Wingert

 

Junior Board

Anya Clarke

Alexander Diaz

Ruddy Frias

Nathaniel Hunt

Lauren MacAllister

Daniel Moore

Anna Noble

Belen Pereya

Randall Riley

Edwin Rodriguez

Manuela Sanchez

Fana Tesfagiorgis

Alrick Thomas

Chawnta Van

Scott Willits

 
 
 
 
 
 

Board President

Candace Carponter

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Founder and Artistic Director

Fredrick Earl Mosley

Fredrick Earl Mosley is Founder and Artistic Director of Diversity of Dance, with a mission not only to entertain but to use dance to help effect lives in the most adverse circumstances which is a part of Mr. Mosley's life philosophy. Mr. Mosley’s choreographic credits include the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater Studio Company, and Dallas Black Theatre. Mosley has also choreographed on schools such as Montclair State Dance Department, The Joffrey Ballet Trainee Program, The Ailey School, Hofstra University and numerous universities and institutions both nationally and internationally. Mr. Mosley has also had work performed at the National College Dance Festival in Washington DC, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as Lincoln Centers Alice Tully Hall, and Lincoln Centers “Out of Doors Series”. Mr. Mosley has been awarded Teacher of the Year 2005, by Dance Teacher Magazine, and Outstanding Artists Award from the Connecticut Dance Alliance for his commitment and love of mentoring and encouraging young dancers to reach for their dreams. He has also received numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Mr. Mosley was also awarded the outstanding Mid- Career Award for Excellence 2016 by the prestigious Martha Hill Fund, along with the Elisa Monte Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Mr. Mosley strongly believes fully in passion, spirit, and his commitment to appreciating the differences that truly make each artist unique and respected. Mr. Mosley is a Founder and Director who leads the EMDOD vision with a strong hand for all. He welcomes Diversity not only in art but the life experiences that each dancer brings to the process of creating dance that entertains, educates, and heals the human spirit.

Board Member

Torya Beard

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Arlene Boop

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Brian Harlan Brooks

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Board Member and President Emeritus

George Coleman

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Board Member

Julia Discenza

Julia Discenza was born and raised in Hartford, CT. In 2014, she earned her B.A. in Biology and Dance from Barnard College, Columbia University. She attended and has been involved with Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts and other Diversity of Dance Programs since 2006. As a professional dancer, Julia has collaborated and performed with Colleen Thomas Dance, Trainor Dance, NathanTrice|RITUALS, Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup, Soluq Dance Theater, MICHIYAYA, Pilobolus, Gibney Dance Company, Troy Ogilvie, Bryan Arias, Gregory Dolbashian’s DASH Ensemble, NobleMotion Dance and Nicole Von Arx and Guests. She has taught improvisation, contemporary dance, floorwork and dance film workshops throughout the United States. Also a professional photographer and filmmaker, Julia has directed, shot, and edited dance films, short documentaries, and music videos for the past several years. She is a founding member of Gibney’s Digital Media Initiative. Her work can be seen at www.juliadiscenza.com. She is honored to be serving on the Board of Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance.

Board Member

Dana Dorman

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Board Member

Jesse Obremski

Jesse Obremski, a native New Yorker, graduated from LaGuardia High School and The Juilliard School with additional development at Jacob’s Pillow with multiple years at The Ailey School, EMIA, and Springboard Danse Montréal. Obremski, an Eagle Scout Rank recipient, A4's Jadin Wong Dance Awardee (2016), Interview En Lair’s “Dancer to Watch” (2017), and Dance Magazine’s March 2019 Dancer “On The Rise” has performed with Diversity of Dance, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Peter Stathas Dance, Kate Weare Company, as a company member with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre, WHITE WAVE, has performed ensemble, soloist, and principal roles with The Limón Dance Company, and is an Artistic Associate with Gibney Company (2018-present). Obremski has performed for the inaugural Obama White House Dance Series and the Olympic recognized FINA World Tournament 2019.

Obremski has taught nationally and intentionally across America, Canada, Peru, London, South Korea, China, with The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Montclair State University, Brigham Young University, The University of Wyoming, Chosun University, Gibney, LaGuardia Arts High School, MOVE|NYC|, and is on faculty for The Limón Foundation and EMDOD. Obremski has assisted in the staging of José Limón’s “Missa Brevis” at The Juilliard School (2015-2018) and has staged Limón’s solo “Chaconne” on MOVE|NYC| (2018) and The University of Wyoming (2019).

Obremski’s choreography has been presented nationally and internationally across America, Canada, Prague, Hungary, and is a DUMBO Dance Festival 2019 Choreographic Award recipient. He has been commissioned by The University of Wyoming, Fort Hamilton Joffrey Academy, MOVE|NYC|, and repeatedly by EMDOD, Sacred Heart University, and Brigham Young University. Obremski founded his company, Obremski/Works, in 2018 as another choreographic outlet with an emphasis on dance films. In 2019, Obremski/Works' work “No Words” was selected and presented by HBO at Lincoln Center through The Dance Films Associations. Obremski proudly serves on the Board of EMDOD. www.jesseobremski.com Instagram: @Jesse_Obremski

Board Member

Sheryl Pollard Thomas

Sheryl Pollard-Thomas is a dancer, choreographer, and internationally recognized dance educator with over thirty years of experience. A D.C. native, Sheryl Pollard-Thomas’ training includes Bernice Hammond’s Northeast Academy of Dance, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts and graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (HS). S.U.N.Y.@ Purchase College is where she received a B.F.A. in Dance. She was also trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School on a Merit Scholarship.

 

Ms. Pollard-Thomas has conducted master classes in the Lester Horton dance technique in Italy, Germany, Detroit, NYC, Miami, and Boston. She has served as Co-Chair of the Department of Dance at the Boston Arts Academy for twelve years and dance teacher for 19 years. She served as Adjunct Professor at Harvard University, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and dance teacher at The Jeannette Neil Dance School, Origination Cultural Arts Center, and dance residency at Boston University. 

 

Ms. Pollard-Thomas is proficient in Modern, Ballet, and Jazz dance techniques. She is the Residential Director, Assistant Director and teacher/choreographer for Earl Mosley’s Institute for The Arts Summer Intensive and year-round programs. In May of 2014, Ms. Pollard-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. 

 

Her professional credits include principal dancer with the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company, Mafata Dance Company, Michiyo and Dancers and Detroit City Dance Company. She has toured Japan, Italy, Germany, Vienna, Aruba, Jamaica for various dance companies and Musical Theater productions. While performing in various musical productions she was afforded the opportunity to work with such notable choreographers as George Faison, Mercedes Ellington, Graciella Danielle, Judith Jamison, and Gene Anthony Ray, as a dancer and/or assistant choreographer. 

 

Currently Ms. Pollard-Thomas resides in MD. and she is the Founding and Lead Instructor of Dance at Maurice J. McDonough High School. She is dance faculty at City Dance DREAMS, and adjunct faculty at George Mason. Assistant Director and Residential Director at Earl Mosley’s Institute of The Arts. 

Board Member

Jamal Story

Jamal Story trained at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. He holds degrees in Dance Performance and TV/Radio Communications from Southern Methodist University. He performed with Complexions, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet, Donald Byrd/theGroup, Madonna’s 2001 Drowned World Tour, and Cher’s Living Proof: The Farewell Tour and is currently the dance and aerial captain for her Here We Go Again tour. In addition to workshop teaching appearances at several dance training programs, Jamal taught as an interim professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City. He continues arts advocacy outreach as the chair of the National Dance Committee for SAG-AFTRA, and has written two books, 12:34 and Toss in the Ether, both available on his website:  www.jamalstory.com/online-book-store.

Board Member

Wanda Wiig

Wanda Wiig has been on the Board of Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance for a plethora of years. She has worked with Founder and Artistic Director Earl Mosley for 20 years, both at Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts (EMIA) and with Life Dance Company (LDC) since it's inception. She first met Mr. Mosley during Project Poetry Live in 2001.

While working with LDC and EMIA, she was Program Manager overseeing LDC's activities and assisting in coordinating EMIA's Program. Beyond the administrative responsibilities, she assumed a mentoring role for the organization and program participants. She provided educational and career guidance for students, many of whom did not have access to someone who can provide this level of counseling. 

In addition to working with Earl, she originally worked in the computer industry as a programmer / IT Manager and eventually a Y2K consultant. Today, she works as an Administrative Assistant for the Vice Principal at a nearby school.

Wanda went to Hartford High School and the University of Connecticut. She is married to David R. Wiig and has one son named David and daughter-in-law, Becca. Her family has also been involved in EMDOD's programs in one way or another as they love Mr. Mosley's goals. 

 

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.

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