2016 Artists
Earl Mosley


Fredrick Earl Mosley, born Raleigh, NC, is one of New York’s respected choreographers and teachers. He was honored as the 2005 teacher of the year by Dance Teacher magazine and has received numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. He received the Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award from the Connecticut Dance Alliance in 2012 and was chosen by the National American College Dance Festival to present his work Oh My Love at the Kennedy Center in June 2014. Mosley is currently on faculty at Montclair State University, The Ailey School, and the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive. He is founder and director of both Diversity of Dance Inc. and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, which is celebrating its ninth season as one of the nation’s leading new summer intensives, serving 140 students annually and recognized as a serious summer program by Dance Magazine.

Leonides Arpon


Leonides D. Arpon, a Filipino-American born in Israel, was mentored by Rosaline Subel Kassel at the Bat-Dor Dance School before joining its company directed by Jeannette Ordman, where he worked with world-renowned choreographers such as Luciano Cannito, Igal Perry, and Randy Duncan. In New York he has worked as a principal dancer with Karole Armitage, Earl Mosley, Kevin Wynn, Seán Curran, and Johannes Wieland. He has performed, choreographed, and taught throughout the United States in institutions such as The Ailey School, Princeton University, and Peridance Capezio Center; in Israel at the Bat-Dor and the Thelma Yellin Performing Arts schools; and Ballet Philippines, Philippine High School for the Arts, and the University of the Philippines. Arpon also studied Argentine Ttango with Dardo Galletto, Karina Romero, Ivan Terrazas, Sara Grdan, and Jorge Torres. He is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship.


Julian Barnett


Julian Barnett, born in Tokyo and raised in Northern California, lives in New York City and works in Europe regularly. He studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and later received his MA in choreography from the ArtEZ Dansacademie in the Netherlands. Barnett has received critical acclaim for his growing body of work, which has been invited throughout New York, North America, Europe, China, and Japan. He has created work for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, and others and has been presented by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, PS122, Movement Research, Danspace Project, and more. His newest work, Bluemarble, was commissioned by Kampnagel in Germany and toured to New York, Copenhagen, and Paris. As a dancer, Barnett performed in the duet Shift by Johannes Wieland, which won the Kurt Jooss Award, and performed alongside Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater. He was a founding member of Larry Keigwin’s company in New York and also performed in the companies of Lar Lubovitch, Doug Elkins, Shapiro & Smith, Kevin Wynn, Mark Dendy, and the Metropolitan Opera with Doug Varone. Since then, Barnett has primarily been involved in the work of Celia Rowlson-Hall, Wally Cardona, Sarah Michelson, Jeanine Durning, and Steve Paxton. www.julianbarnett.com



Gary Lewis


Born and raised in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., Gary Lewis made his professional debut as a company member of the Capitol Ballet of Washington, D.C. under the direction of late Doris Jones, where he had the opportunity to work, and perform the critically acclaimed ballet The River, by Alvin Ailey. Following his tenure at the Capitol Ballet, Lewis was accepted at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School with a full scholarship under the direction of Denise Jefferson.

Lewis auditioned and was accepted into the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in Denver, Co., in 1990, where he led lectures, demonstrations and master classes and performed ballets by Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, Donald Byrd, Eleo Pomare, Kevin Jeff and Katherine Dunham, to name a few. He traveled with the Ensemble throughout United States, Europe and Africa for six years. Lewis was also a company member with the Colorado Ballet, where he performed Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and The Nutcracker in the 1992 and 1993 seasons.  

Lewis joined Ron Brown EVIDENCE at the Joyce Theater, NYC in the fall of 1997 for a season. He went on to make his Broadway debut in the original cast of The Lion King on Broadway, as a Swing Dancer and Assistant Dance Captain. Lewis also performed in the cast of The Lion King National Gazelle Tour in 2001.

Other featured performances include the 1998 Tony Awards with The Lion King; the 2008 Middle Eastern Film Festival Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Abu Dhabi, choreographed and directed by Otis Sallid; and performances of FAUST and CARMINA BARANA with the Colorado Symphony in Denver Colorado.

Joe Joyce

Joe Joyce graduated with honors from the M.F.A. Musical Theatre program at San Diego State University and earned his B.F.A. in Drama from Boston University College of Fine Arts. He has taught on the faculties of San Diego State University and AMDA (American Musical Dramatic Academy) College and Conservatory in Los Angeles. He has also appeared on Broadway in Swinging On A Star and toured with the Broadway companies ofLa Cage Aux Folles and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

Tracy Dunbar


Tracy Dunbar graduated with honors, magna cum laude, from Montclair State University with a BFA in Dance Performance. He was the recipient of the Jeanne Wade Heningburg and the Mary Ann Peins scholarships for the acknowledgment of excellence in dance. While at MSU, Dunbar had the privilege to perform works by choreographers such as Paul Taylor, José Limón, Donald McKayle, Bill T. Jones, and Larry Keigwin, among others. He has also had the opportunity to present his own work at the American College Dance Festival.

Germaul Barnes


Forming Germaul Barnes / Viewsic Dance in 1991, Mr. Barnes mission is to promote and present multilayered dance performances and educational residencies. Mr Barnes is a former principal dancer and currently a répétiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, where he received the New York Dance and Performance Award-The Bessie Award. He has received commissions to create new dances in New York – Alvin Ailey/FordhamSchool, Judson Memorial Church, P.S. 122, Danspace Project/St. Mark Church, DanceNow/New York, Saratoga Arts Gallery, Dixon Place and many more theaters. Mr. Barnes has received honors ranging from Arts International Grant fostering his anthropology study in Ghana,West Africa to the Baryshnikov Residency Fellowship. One of his highest personal achievements includes demonstrating for legendary choreographer/anthropologist, Katherine Dunham.

Roderick Jackson


Roderick Jackson came to New York in 1990, igniting his intensive study of the rhythms, dances, and instruments involved in multiple African-based cultures. He has worked in Arts in Education for the Lincoln Center Institute, and The Ailey School. He has recorded commercial works for Children’s Television Workshop, Sesame Street, Rabbit Ears Productions, Nickelodeon, and Angelina Ballerina. Jackson has been a faculty member at Jacob’s Pillow, New York University, and Earl Mosely’s Institute of the Arts. He founded Palms Down in 1999.


Chritian von Howard


Christian von Howard is the artistic director of the Von Howard Project, a New York City–based contemporary dance company. As an international artist, he has worked with many dance artists such as Doug Varone, Fernando Bujones, Douglas Becker, Germaul Barnes, Daniel Gwirtzman, and various others. Von Howard is a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Choreographic Fellow (2006). His choreographic work has been produced across the globe in Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Chile, South Korea, and the United States. His teaching highlights include Dance New Amsterdam, the American Dance Festival, Korean Dance Festival, and the Dance It! Festival (Bulgaria). Von Howard is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University and concurrently teaches at The Ailey School. He holds advanced degrees in Performance and Choreography from the School of Classical and Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University and Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.


Edwin Rodriguez


Edwin Rodriguez has strong passion for dance in every aspect and form that he has been exposed to. He has studied at various studios in New York City as well as Earl Mosley Institute of Arts and graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Rodriguez is a freelance dancer, teacher, and choreographer and wishes to continue on a success path, as he has thus far. He would like to personally thank Earl Mosley for his guidance.

Walter Rutledge

Choreographer, playwright, director, cultural commentator Walter Rutledge has been awarded full dance scholarships to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, The Philadelphia School of the Arts, Philadelphia Dance Company, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and the Harkness House for Ballet Arts. During his tenure with the Harkness Ballet Foundation, he was given the opportunity and encouragement to develop his choreographic and directorial skills; advancing from scholarship student, to dancer with the Harkness Dance Theatre and Harkness Ballet of New York, school administrator and company manager of the last touring company.

He became choreographer-in-residency and associate artistic director with the Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theatre where he worked and collaborated with world-renowned collage artist Romare Bearden. In honor of one of his mentors Emory University Professor and cultural historian Richard Long (Ph.D) Rutledge refers to himself as a cultural commentator, writing critiques on dance, theatre, fine art, fashion, and literature. He is presently Editor-In-Chief of Out and About NYC Magazine, an online entertainment publication. Rutledge earned a BFA in Dance from Temple University.

Artis Smith

ARTIS SMITH has been an assistant Professor of Dance at Brooklyn College since 1985. After seven years with the Toronto Dance Theatre, he danced in the works and companies of more than 50 choreographers, most notable of which were Martha Graham and Pearl Lang. His work has been produced in New York, Canada, the U.S. and Denmark. He has been producing his own choreography and concerts with his wife and partner Germaine Salsberg since 1978, in venues including DTW, Riverside Dance Festival, Copenhagen Dance Festival. He began holding an annual Dance Event at Brooklyn College in 1998, which has given dedicated and interested students a chance to perform and choreograph, and compose in a professional environment. His more recent work has been performed at the Cool NY and Dumbo Dance Festivals.

Clifton Brown

Clifton Brown has had a varied career including dancing with Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Jessica Lang Dance where he is currently a dancer and rehearsal director. He has been nominated for a Critics Circle National Dance Award in the U.K. for best male dancer, received a New York Dance and Perfomance "Bessie" Award, and a Black Theater Arts Award. Mr. Brown has also performed as a guest artist with Nevada Ballet, Parsons Dance, Miami City Ballet and the Rome Opera Ballet. He enjoys continuing to spread the love of dance through teaching and choreographing.

Jake Deibert

Jake Deibert is from Flemington, NJ. He graduated from Montclair State University in 2014, where he received a BFA in Dance. Mr. Deibert has performed works by Paul Taylor, José Limón, Larry Keigwin, Robert Battle, Bill T. Jones, Andrea Miller, Frederick Earl Mosley, Kevin Wynn, Maxine Steinman, and Chase Brock. He has performed professionally with RIOULT Dance NY, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, 360° Dance Company, Mazzini Dance Collective, 10 Hairy Legs, and the VON HOWARD PROJECT. 

Past Hearts of Men Artists


Fredrick Earl Mosley, Leonides Arpon, Germaul Barnes, Julian Barnett, 

Clifton Brown, Patrick Coker, Tracy Dunbar, Jonathan Godfrey

Roderick Jackson, Edwin Rodriguez, Christopher Rudd, 

Matthew Rushing, Walter Rutledge, Christian von Howard