Meet the Founder
Brittany Wilson is a Queens native who began her training at the Edge School of the Arts. She later pursued a double major in Dance and Exercise Science at Lehman College in the Bronx. Upon graduation she was presented with the Modern Dance Choreography award for her senior project entitled “Isn’t It Pretty To Think So”. She has been choreographing original pieces for 12 years which includes producing her first evening length concert in 2011 entitled “Fresh”. Her performance credits include Lehman College, Green Space, Dixon Place, Alchemical Theatre, Harlem School of the Arts, The Secret Theatre and Downtown Art. In 2014 she was appointed Artistic Director of Herbert H. Dance Company at Lehman College in which she was an active member since 2010. During this time, Brittany created work inspired by, but not limited to, her journey as a woman. She recently left her position as Artistic Director in February 2018 to pursue her personal goal of running her non-profit, B. Wilson Producing Scholars, that would benefit emerging dance producers/choreographers. Her journey as an arts administrator began in 2016 when she applied for Pentacle's "Cultivating Leadership in Dance" internship. The experience led to opportunities such as interning with Dance Films Association, Abraham.In.Motion and as of May 2017 securing an Administrative Coordinator position at Bridging Education & Art Together. Her passion for the arts exceeded the stage when she discovered there were more ways to contribute. She looks forward to many more opportunities to assist the creative process as an administrator. Aside from her administrative duties, Brittany teaches ballet, tap and African to children ages 5-8, and is a Company Manager of ModArts Dance Collective. She is also a member of the DanceNYC Junior Committee and 2019 Queens Council on the Arts, Art Producer. All of these opportunities and then some continue to inspire Brittany to give back to the dance community.
Meet the Advisory Board
Dr. Brittany Chambers is a researcher, education advocate, dancer, and martial artist, who recently graduated from Teachers College Columbia University with a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership and Adult Learning. Brittany's dissertation research aimed to analyze Black tech entrepreneurs' perceptions of how they are able to launch and grow their businesses as reports share that roughly 1% receive funding to scale. Since its inception, Brittany's research has gone on to receive an award at South By South West (SXSW) in Austin, Texas at Facebook Headquarters for its contribution to improving the tech and related fields. Her research has additionally been featured by Forbes Under 30. Brittany has served as an OpEd writer for the HuffPost, guest dance choreographer for Lehman College, Alvin Ailey Extension school dance student, and has been recognized by NY City Council, NY State Senate, and NYC's Mayor DeBlasio.
Brooklyn native and educator, Brittany Grier began her formal dance training at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Dance Theater. Her training extended further at Lehman College, where she received a Bachelors of Arts in dance, minoring in therapeutic recreation. She’s been invited as a guest choreographer for their production of In The Heights and Herbert H. Dance Company. She’s had the privilege of working with The Raving Janes, Nicholas Leichter, Adia Whitaker of Ase Dance Theater Collective, Afaliah Tribune, to name a few. Currently, she is part Movement Of The People Dance Company under the artistic direction of Joya Powell and is a Creative Partner in Sydnie L. Mosley’s Dance. Within building as well as sharing dance, Brittany Grier works as a teaching artist with communities of color.
Jamali Corniel, earned her B.A. in Sociology at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and studied Music Education at Lehman College. Corniel was the founding Artistic Director of the Herbert H. Dance Company at Lehman. Past company credits include, SALIGIA: The 7 Deadly Sins, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, and Scratch Off. Man With a Hat and a Tan, a solo play written and performed by Corniel, earned her a BRIO Award in 2013. For three years, she was the Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer for Price of Silence, a performing arts collective bringing the global struggle for women’s rights to life on stage. She now serves as a Client Advocate for victims of domestic violence at Safe Horizon.
JOHN BASS TOURNAS
John Tournas is a musician and educator originally from Cambridge, MA. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Social Anthropology in 2016. After graduation, he worked as a Beatmaking/Beatboxing instructor and Executive Assistant at BEAT Global, a hip-hop arts nonprofit based in NYC. He has played saxophone across North America and has produced beats for artists whose projects have appeared in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and more. In 2017-2018, he was resident music composer at the Herbert H. Dance Company at Lehman College.
Madelyn Sher is a performer and choreographer from New York City. She is a B.A. Dance (Honors) and B.A. Philosophy (Honors) recipient from Lehman College/Macaulay Honors College, where she graduated summa cum laude. Her choreography has been seen at the Triple 9 Festival, Downtown Art, Triskelion Arts, The Baumann, Lehman College, and the Paradise Factory. Madelyn has performed in works by Rina Espiritu, Kelsey Burns, Kinematik Dance Theater, Bronx Arts Ensemble/Children's Theater Company at Lehman, Vangeline Theater, Herbert H. Dance, RediDance, and Ni'ja Whitson. She taught creative movement at P.S. 42 in Chinatown from 2016-2018.
Philip Akogu moved to New York in 2004, and attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He would then go on to attend Herbert H. Lehman College where he would complete his undergraduate degree, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance/Theatre, and graduating with honors. Philip received his Master’s of Science for Teachers from Pace University, also graduating with honors, and is a Special Education Teacher with the New York City Department of Education. He is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children. In addition, he has appeared in Off-Broadway productions and is a member of the Actors Equity Association.