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Artists

Photo Credit: Derrick Dingle

Veronica Cheeseboro

  • Home City: Roosevelt, Long Island 

  • Current Borough: Harlem/ Bronx 

  • How long have you been dancing? 21 years

  • What inspires you to move? Dance is an antidepressant. It gives me a voice, a means to create multiple solutions, and is the most freeing experience as a human. 

  • Inspiring word, phrase, or quote: “As an artist’s duty, as far as I am concerned is to reflect the times.” Nina Simone

Photo Credit: Renee Novelle

Sharayah Spruill

  • Home City: BayShore 

  • Current Borough: Suffolk County

  • How long have you been dancing? 25 years (since age 2)

  • What inspires you to move? My emotions based on my situation or where I am, as well as the beauty I see in something or someone and the story I want to tell.

  • Favorite music: Smooth Jazz because it soothes my anxiety

Photo Credit: N/A

Matthew Ting

  • Home City: Born Philadelphia PA, grew up El Paso TX

  • Current Borough: Manhattan

  • How long have you been dancing? 18 years

  • What inspires you to move? Sheer joy in the movement, the constant search for bettering myself, & the impending sense of my mortality.

  • Inspiring word, phrase, or quote: “There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise. You see things you can't otherwise see; you hear things you can't otherwise hear. You begin to recognize the humanity that resides in each of us.” 
    ― Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Photo Credit: Matt Gerardi/MDG Photography

Shoshana Mozlin

  • Home City: Encinitas, California 

  • Current Borough: Manhattan

  • How long have you been dancing? Since I was 4 

  • What inspires you to move? Movement can convey the most stunning, the most raw, the most significant realities of life through a universal language. I am constantly energized and inspired by dance's ability to heighten human connection.

  • Favorite way to listen to music: live, in a tiny underground venue

Photo Credit: Ernesto Mancebo

Courtney Stewart

  • Home City: Queens, NY 

  • Current Borough: Queens

  • How long have you been dancing? Since 6 years old

  • What inspires you to move? It’s all about the melody and bass for me. It doesn’t take much time for me to be wrapped into a song and get moving.

  • Favorite food: Crab cakes & Chips. Together or Apart

Photo Credit: Shannel Resto- SJR Photography

Imani Michael Vieria

  • Home City: Boston, MA 

  • Current Borough: Manhattan

  • How long have you been dancing? Since I was 12

  • What inspires you to move? Music! And the connection I feel to GOD and the universe when I dance. My curiosity to discover my body's capabilities and limitations through movement. 

  • Favorite time of the year: FALL!