Dances We Dance. Stories We Tell.
An intersectional and multi-generational movement arts initiative, Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement was established in June of 2018. This diverse collective of vessels ranges in age from 16 to 55 and is shifting the landscape of dance locally. The company is committed to the exploration (or interrogation) of the universal pursuits of love and happiness in this era marked by the continual morphing of intimacy due to technology. While cultivating a body of work with palpable energy that crosses borders or effaces them completely, the company seeks to represent the full spectrum of the human experience through visibility and inclusion. Audiences are invited to explore #thefeelingofanemotion inherent within the themes of mental wellness, colliding truths, intimate safety, patriarchal and respectability politics. Through the curation of poignant physical narratives, our goal is present work that is accessible, relatable, and work that lives in larger social dialogue long after any show. The company and its founder have been named a Creativity Connects Fellow, a City of Denver Cultural Partner, a City of Denver Imagine 2020 Grantee, and the first recipient of the Presenting Denver Dance Festival’s Audience Favorite Award. Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement is honored to have been selected as the Artist-in-Residence for the Presenting Denver Dance Festival 2020.
First and foremost, Saidiya Imari thanks God for the joy, talent, and passion of dance and the many opportunities this career has afforded her. Ms. Imari is from Clio, SC and began taking dance classes at the age of thirteen with Antonya Drakeford Windham at the Laurinburg School of Dance Arts. She was introduced to concert dance at Howard University, which she attended on full academic scholarship and graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Arts. Ms. Imari was a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Second Company (DCDC II), Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (CPRDE). Currently, she dances with Lula Washington Dance Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre in Chicago, IL and serves as Associate Artistic Director, Rehearsal Director, and choreographer’s assistant for Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement. Ms. Imari is trained in the modern Horton, Graham, and Dunham techniques, Vaganova ballet, jazz, tap, and traditional West African dance. She has toured the continental US, as well as Anchorage, Alaska; Toronto, Canada; Kingston, Jamaica; Auckland, New Zealand and Guadalajara, Mexico. This marks her eleventh year as a professional modern contemporary dancer.
Born in Denver, Colorado, Victor Adeniran, spent seventeen years in the homeland of his parents Nigeria, West Africa. It was in Nigeria that he developed a love for dance, beginning with “Afro-Jazz” classes. Upon returning to the U.S., he discovered a passion for the human body and physiology over the course of 14 years as a United States Marine. Upon discharge he attended the University of Colorado, double majoring in Public Health and Dietetics.
Adeniran has since returned to the movement arts, studying aerial dance while constantly seeking outlets to further enrich his skills and techniques. He has performed with companies including MOTH Poetic Circus, Phantom Circus, MOXIE Luxe, Denver Dance, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and more. Striving to deepen his understanding of how the movement arts can be utilized as therapeutic and cathartic tools, Adeniran, will soon begin a residency with the National Dance Institute utilizing dance to empower youth while fostering creativity and growth.
Mr. Adeniran is also an accomplished visual artist, having shown in Los Angeles, Australia, Stockholm, Toronto, and soon Denver, Co! His mixed media work is driven by the premise that “love is love” and we are all deserving and worthy of love that crosses boundaries and breaks color lines. This is Adeniran’s first performance with Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement.
Ms. Ciera Barrow is originally from Asheville, NC where she grew up dancing for a local competition studio, Asheville Dance Theater. After being recruited for the newly established Ballet Conservatory of Asheville at the age of 15 she attended the University of South Carolina where she earned degrees in Dance Performance & Choreography as well as Media Arts. Ciera’s professional credits include The Power Company Collaborative in Columbia, South Carolina as a dancer and as an arts administrator for several years. Ms. Barrow recently received her M.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design in Business Design & Arts Leadership. Having recently moved to Denver with her boyfriend and their dog, she now works for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Colorado-Boulder and is excited to be dancing with Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement this season.
started dancing at the age of 9 in Denver, Colorado at the Cleo Parker Robinson Academy. She started with a beginning modern class but quickly added ballet, jazz and tap to her training. At the age of 10, she auditioned for the Denver School of the Arts and was ecstatic when she found out she was accepted. She loved going to a school where she could major in dance where she could train, study and perform many different styles of dance. She also continued her training at Cleo Parker Robinson for the next two years, then decided to pursue ballet with the Colorado Ballet Academy and then National Ballet of Denver. Rebecca has been blessed to attend numerous master classes and summer intensives. This past year she was excited to be accepted to Joffrey Ballet’s Jazz and Contemporary summer intensive and to attend their year-round program. Rebecca loved dancing in NYC this summer and hopes to return to NYC for college to study medicine and dance arts. She also decided to return to Denver for her last two years of high school and continue co-leading the South High school dance team and continue training with Cleo Parker Robinson, Move Academy and Edgar L. Page.
Eric R. Davis
Chicago Native, Eric R. Davis, received his early dance training at the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center under the tutelage of Homer Bryant. Having received his Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University, Mr. Davis has since parlayed the life skills he acquired as a dancer into a career centered around youth education, outreach, and advocacy. As an educator, Davis strives to create platforms where students learn to succeed regardless of their cultural or socio-economic backgrounds with a special interest in supporting Black and Brown boys. Davis currently resides in New York City where he enjoys a vibrant social life, an enthusiasm for fashion and loudly sings off key in public. In his spare time Davis can be found doing volunteer work with children on the Autism spectrum and showcasing his ability to double-dutch with finesse!
Born in Hackettstown, NJ, Katelyn Donohue, began dancing at age 4. A talented competitive dancer, she discovered a true passion for tap dancing early on. By the age 8, Miss Donohue was not only competing as a tap soloist, but snagging top honors with the highest scoring solo at nationals! Her performance credits span the East Coast and Denver with engagements at Disney World, the 2019 American College Dance Association, Moraporvida at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater and musicals including CAT’s and A Chorus Line. Donohue is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver. Having majored in Psychology with a minor in Dance, she believes in the healing power of dance and incorporates movement therapy into her current work with children on the autism spectrum.
At 15 years old, Naturelle Garcia-Taylor, lets art not age define her as a person. She is an avid interdisciplinary art student with interests in dance, photography, and painting. She has largely trained at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Academy and is a current member of their Youth Ensemble. Miss Garcia Taylor is currently immersed in deepening her understanding of the mental, physical, historical and spiritual connections implicit within those things that she loves and holds dearly: that she loves dearly. She is thrilled to be working with Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement and believes it has shifted her views on dance forever!
is originally from Chester, New Jersey. Having grown up in competitive dance, she performed and competed in jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, and hip hop for over a decade. Alyssa continued her dance endeavors at Bucknell University, minoring in Dance while double majoring in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies. While completing her studies she served as Bucknell Dance Company’s Student Director and focused her performances on modern and jazz techniques. After a 4-year hiatus, Alyssa returned to the art of dance as a founding member of Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement. This is Ms. Henningsen’s second year with the company.
At a young age Kay-Marie Karva found comfort and love in being able to dance to the music around her. This led to her enrolling in the Michelle Latimer Dance Academy from the age of 5 until the age of 18, introducing her to competitive dance. Throughout her training she was offered opportunities to take classes from and perform choreography by the likes of celebrated choreographers including Travis wall, Nick Lazzarini, Stacey Tookey and many more. These experiences expanded her versatility as a dancer and taught her to value not just the beauty of technique within dance but also the beauty of being able to choose to express oneself within the art of your choice. During her time with the Michelle Latimer Dance Company she won multiple jazz and modern dance scholarships to further her dance education. Now, at the age of 22, Kay-Marie is a full-time student at the University of Colorado, Denver and elated to continue her dance endeavors with Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement.
is a Russian immigrant who moved to the US by herself at the age of 22. She is a hopeful romantic and a dreamer for she believes in the possibility of a better world. She also believes in the power of words and ideas, so she pours her whole heart into her writing. Throughout The Intersection of Truth and Beauty you will hear excerpts from her debut publication, Kissed by the Rising Sun, further establishing her identity as an artist and strengthening her voice as a writer. With everything she does, she aspires to touch the soul and leave this world a little better than she found it…one word, one soothed human heart at a time.
In 1987, Alex Keldin took her first dance class ‘Movement for Theater Majors’ at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. Thirty years later, she took her second dance class. Fortunately, that class was taught by Edgar L. Page, who reignited her love for the art of movement. During those dance-less decades she earned a Bachelor’s degree in film production, and a Master’s in curriculum and instruction. She lives in Denver with her husband Ian, and three kids, Roanan, Glennan, and Atticus. She is a Denver Public Schools teacher and was thrilled and honored to be the oldest and newest founding member in this wonderful dance company! “You were the light for me to find my truth, I just wanna say thank you”. -Rudimental; These Days
At eight years old, Samantha Lewis, observed her little sister’s ballet class with her mom. A few minutes in, Sam turned to her mom and asked with wide eyes, “Can I do that too?” She’s been hooked ever since! Miss Lewis has trained in various styles with the La Roche Academy of Dance Company in Castle Rock, CO under the direction of Sarah Robison. Apart from her studio work, Samantha has also studied dance through the National Dance Honor Society and the Douglas County High School International Baccalaureate Program. Currently earning her BA in Dance from Colorado State University, her performance credits include a host of parades, musicals, dance for film pieces. Miss Lewis often returns to her home studio to teach master classes and having had numerous works chosen through adjudication for various CSU Dance concerts, is developing her choreographic voice. Samantha can’t wait to share her positivity and artistry with you all and is thrilled to be a guest performer with Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement!
Hailing from Flint, MI, Elijah Owens is an enthusiastic performer! He began his dance training at the Terry Matlock School of Performing Arts before continuing to the Flint School of Performing Arts. In addition to dance, Mr. Owens has trained in voice, acting and musical theater for over 11 years. His performance credits include Presenting Denver’s Wine and Works (2019), Hairspray (Seaweed), A Chorus Line (Richie), 9 to 5 (Dewayne), a brief stint with Kim Robards Dance in Denver and chorus roles in Once Upon a Mattress, Amahl, The Magic Flute, Bye Bye Birdie, A Year with Frog and Toad, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
In the words of Michelle Russell: I came to dance much later than most dancers do, although performing has always been in my blood from family talent nights to plays and musical theater. I discovered my love for dance in 8th grade when I was in A Christmas Carol. In 9th grade, I enrolled in my high school dance program. I was absolutely hooked! That summer, the Sacramento Parks and Rec partnered with the Sacramento Ballet to offer an apprenticeship opportunity. It was rigorous, extremely intense and I was completely out of my league…but I excelled dancing 5 hours a day with the most amazing ballet masters in California. At the end of the summer, auditions were held for 5 apprenticeship positions, and I earned a spot! Through 4 years of high school and the first year of college I was deeply immersed in ballet and contemporary dance. At the end of my second year in college, life took me to England where I danced with a contemporary company for 4 years. During that time I got married and had 2 children. It became difficult to manage family and dancing with the company, so I decided to take a short break from the company. That short break ended up being 30 years and 2 more wonderful children later.
Seven years ago I found ballroom dancing, which has been truly amazing, and fulfilled my desire to dance and until recently, it was enough. However, when I met Edgar Page at The 2019 Mile High Dance Festival, and took his class I realized how much I’d missed my first dance love! And now, I am so honored and blessed to be a part of Edgar’s exciting show!
Mohammed Jamal York
is a proud Colorado Native! He was the Valedictorian of the first graduating class from the Noel Community Arts School, and it was here that he found his passion for dance while competing in sports. After encouragement from members of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, he joined their Youth Ensemble, later performing with Cleo’s Second and First Companies in many iconic works from their extraordinary repertoire spanning 5 decades.
After successful completion of the Colorado State University Upward Bound Program, Mr. York set his sights on Colorado State University for his higher learning experience. Graduating with an Associate’s in Marketing and a BA in Dance, York, was heavily active within the student body. He was crowned Mr. CSU, had his choreography shown at the American College Dance Association Conference (ACDA), became the “Poster Boy” for the Arts in there and spent his entire college career enacting social change. His performance credits include being honored at ACDA, the Nutcracker with Contemporary Dance Academy at the Lincoln Center, Chung-Fu Chang, Judy Bejarano, Carol Roderick and showcases at The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD). Recently, he was a guest artist with Colorado’s own IMPACT Dance Company and is currently a member of the Hannah Kahn Dance Company.
Mr. York exudes passion, geniality, authenticity, strength, and creativity through his artistry. He educates through dance with integrity, harnessing inspiration in others. The imprint he brings is undeniably captivating as demonstrated through his commitment to education, innovation and social justice reform within his community. He believes his hard work, and genuine ability to make a positive impact on the world has no bounds. Mr. York is very grateful to be joining Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement for this production.
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