2019 Incubator Cohort

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Lawrence Lemon

Columbus, Ohio

Artist, Innovator, and Educator, Lawrence Lemon, has a passion for education and is a continuing student of the arts, technology, and arts integration. With his education and experience, Mr. Lemon has served as Director of Arts/Arts Integration at several schools, programs, and educational institutions; and is currently Creative Director for GetCR8V. With an extensive background in performing arts, Mr. Lemon has been afforded a number of awards and life commemorative achievements, including special recognition given by the Governor of Ohio for outstanding accomplishments in the area of Fine Arts. Mr. Lemon had the honor of performing dance tributes for Mammie Till, Emmit Till’s mother, and civil rights activist, Ms. Rosa Parks at two NAACP National Conventions; as well as being an opening act for some of today’s top recording artists.

He has performed numerous leading roles in operas, plays, and musicals such as: Carmen Jones, The Wiz, Soldiers Story, A Raisin in the Sun, and Dreamgirls. Mr.Lemon has had the honor of being under the tutelage of famed dancer/choreographer/instructor, Katherine Dunham and Master Dunham Teachers Dr. Glory Van Scott and Ruby Streate. Mr. Lemon has also had the honor of working with modern dance pioneer Dianne McIntyre, Zoe Ellington Britton, Troy Powell, Terence Greene, and April Berry.

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Candice Igeleke

Columbus, Ohio

Candice Igeleke is 29 years young, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, with creative passions that intersect education, dance and various art mediums. Mrs. Igeleke has been living in Columbus for 4 years now with her husband. She began dancing at an early age and started acting in high school. Her dance repertoire includes the genres of Hip Hop, Afro-Pop, Traditional West African, modern, HBCU style dance teams, and Afro-Caribbean Dancehall, thus making her movements flow inside eclectic choreography that truly displays her love for a diverse array of dance.

 

Mrs. Igeleke is forever a student and an educator who welcomes any opportunity to grow, move, and learn so she can teach with strong technique and with an unleashed energy to lift her students and audiences to soar with her. Additionally, Mrs. Igeleke has a strong foundation in early childhood education, working in schools and in her community contributing to the village it takes to raise the child. She is a family and community oriented being who plans on building new and stronger relationships while growing into her best self.

Ron'Dale Simpson

Cleveland, Ohio

Ron'dale Simpson was born and raised in Saginaw MI. He has always had a passion for the and arts, but dance was my gift. Mr. Simpson did plays in school and was in marching band & choir in grade school. He continued my love for music by going to College and become a Member of the Invincible Marching Marauders of Central State University. He still made time for my focus which is dance. He helped maintain a very active dance team known as Finesse Dance team, while keeping up with studies. He  also operated youth dance teams, community dance classes and private lessons. While doing this, he was able to become a member of two great organization both created in the Name of the arts. He currently teach dance in several schools and Organizations in Cleveland.  Mr. Simpson is  the Manager of business development and the Hip hop dance instructor. He is also the current national President of Nu Rho Sigma Fine Arts Fraternity Inc.

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Dr. Munirah Bomani

Cleveland, Ohio

A dancer by day and doctor by night! Munirah fell in love with ballet at the age of 4 and has been dancing ever since. Over the years, she has studied a wide variety of styles including Latin dance, heels, hip hop and traditional dances of the African diaspora. Muni has trained and performed in Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, England, France, Israel, Palestine and Spain. Her mission is to use her Caribbean roots and classical training to create a new form of movement. When she is not in the studio, she serves as a primary care provider on Cleveland’s west side.

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Gamal Brown

Columbus, Ohio

As a native of Columbus, Ohio, Gamal Brown embodies what it means to be a dancer and choreographer. His performance and leadership abilities has afforded him performance opportunities as well as choreographic mentorship. Receiving direct support from Alfred Dove and the Dove Arts Project as well as, principal dancer with the Thoissane West African Dance Company under the direction of Abdou Kounta and Suzan Bradford-Kounta.

As a dancer, Mr. Brown trained at Wright State University Dance Department and Jeraldyne’s School of the Dance (Home of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company). Mr. Brown has toured West Africa to study Senegalese dance with dance masters from the National Ballet du Senegal. His studies have also taken him to Washington, D.C., to develop his technique through dance workshops with Kankouran West African Dance Company under dance master and artistic director Assane Kounta and Dom Gueye. He has studied with Mari Bass-Wiles, artistic director/founder of Maimouna Kieta School of West African Dance in Brooklyn, NY. Gamal participated in a summer intensive program under the direction of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, artistic director/founder of Urban Bush Women in Brooklyn, NY.

Alexis Britford

Cleveland, Ohio

A native of Columbus, Ohio,  Alexis Britford began her dance training at Theater Street Dance Academy. She continued her studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Program, Dayton Ballet, Jeraldyne’s School of Dance, and Columbus Youth Ballet. Ms. Britford is also a graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ high school Classical Ballet program. She has trained at Boston Conservatory, The Ailey School, Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Hungarian National Ballet, and Boston Ballet.
 

 Ms. Britford graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. During her undergraduate studies, she was a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company (DCDC2) and upon graduation was promoted to the professional company, where she enjoyed seven seasons touring both domestically and internationally. Ms. Britford has had the pleasure of being featured in works by many notable choreographers, namely: Donald Byrd, Donald McKayle, Debbie Blunden-Diggs,Ulysses Dove, Ray Mercer, Ron K. Brown, Anthony Tudor and Stafford C. Berry. As a freelance artist, Ms. Britford has had the opportunity to work with Lula Washington Dance Theater, Neos Dance Theatre and return to her alma mater, Wright State University, as an adjunct in the dance department. Continuing her artistic journey, Ms. Britford is in her second season with GroundWorks DanceTheater in Cleveland, Ohio.

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