Tamara LaDonna

Moving Spirits, Inc.

"Dancing, for me, no longer has significance on the stage if it does not address comeunity or urge audiences to think about values, identity or each other."


 On February 21st, 2015, Moving Spirits, Inc. presented, Moving Spirits to Enlightenment at the Smack Mellon gallery.  This event was created in dedication to Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Ayana Jones, Rumain Brisbon and other black lives that have been lost due to violence by the hands of law enforcement.

Moving Spirits to Enlightenment was full of creative artists including Andre M. Zachary, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Kendra Ross, Maxine Montilus, Jonathan Lassiter, Timothy "Prolific" Jones, Nia Austin-Edwards, students of the Brooklyn Friends School led by Jesse Phillips-Fein and students of El Puente under the guidance of Jana Lynne Umipig.

Photos by Oron Bell| G.L.O. Photos

As the 2014 Artist-in-Residence at Penn State Altoona, Tamara taught, choreographed and developed new works for the students at the university.

The  dance students and Penn State Altoona's Ivyside Dance Ensemble performed their work at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts in December 2014.

Moving Spirits, Inc. received an Artist Residency at the Jamaica Center for Arts in Leadership during the spring of 2015.

During this residency, the company developed two new works choreographed by Tamara Williams and one work choreographed by Kendra Ross to perform throughout the 2015-2016 season.

Dancing in the Parks: Bushwick Community Festival is a community event, in the heart of public housing projects in Bushwick, created to uplift community. Local community artists, student programs, community organizations and dance companies joined together in afternoon performances.

Featured artists included Moving Spirits, Inc., Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Ruka White, Rakiya Orange, and Jose Morales. Community partners include The Arts & Literacy Progam, The Beacon Center for Arts and Leadership, El Puente, The Black and Gold Marching Elite, Dancers for Solidarity and Piper Anderson|Create Forward, Purpose Productions.

Photos by Oron Bell | Glo Photos

Made possible by a Community Arts Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council.

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