Education

  • 2013 Masters of Fine Arts in Dance – Performance and Education University of Maryland, College Park, MD thesis: Triumph of Disruption: A Movement to Subvert
  • 2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Dance Education Towson University, Towson MD
  • 2008 Teaching Artist Institute Graduate-Special training in Arts Integration - Maryland States Arts Council
The Lext Nevel - DishiBem Traditional Contemporary Dance Group

Honors and Scholarships

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music/Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship (inaugural awardee) Traveled to Ghana. Conducted research in traditional dance and music and created new choreographic work.
  • Dance Africa 2016 Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Ruby's Artist Project Grantee The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance 2014 (Baltimore, MD)
  • Returning Professional Bachelor of FIne Arts Scholarship (inaugural awardee) Dance Department Award Towson University (Towson, MD)
  • Smith Family Scholarship-  2010-2013, Graduate school scholarship University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
  • UMD and Smith Family Research Grant 2011-2013 Facilitated travel to Ghana. Conducted thesis research in traditional education and arts in education.
  • Katherine Dunham Award - 2008 Best choreography in a play or music/dance concert for the original work "Suite Nina" (Chicago, IL)
KSO Las Vegas show - members of STOMP and Asase Yaa Dance Co. w/Steve Forbes
kso in STOMP

Presentations and Conferences 2012-2017

  • TEDx Talks Triumph of Disruption; Disrupting the Miseducation of African American Youth TEDx Chester River (Chester River, MD)
  • Guest Lecturer / Master Classes Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Arts Integration Workshop (k-12 Teachers and Teaching Artist) Young Audiences National Conference (Miami, FL)
  • Presenter / Master Class / Performance Flurry Festival (Saratoga Springs, NY)
  • Artist in Residence Wicomico County School District (Eastern Shore, MD)
  • Guest Lecturer / Master Class Columbia College (Chicago, IL)
  • Guest Lecturer / Choreographer Davis & Elkins College (Elkins, WV)
  • National Dance Education Organization National Conference Lead Presenter “Organic Spinach Tastes like Candy: Dance Education in an Urban Impoverished School System” (Chicago, IL)
  • Guest Artist Master Class National Dance Company of Ghana (Accra, Ghana)
  • Guest Artist Master Class University of Ghana at Legon (Accra, Ghana)
  • Guest Artist Master Class University of North Carolina Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
  • National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) Member of Artist Advisory Council - Dance Specialist (Reston, VA)
  • Artist in Residence Davis & Elkins College (Elkins, WV)
  • Instructor AileyCamp Baltimore 2013-2015 Towson University (Towson, MD)
  • Guest Artist and Instructor 2013-2014 American Vernacular Dance Week Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College (Elkins, WV)
  • Guest Lecturer “Dance Education-Creating and Implementing Integrated Curriculum in K-12 Education” University of Delaware (Newark, DE)
  • Professional Development Workshop: Arts Integration (3rd-8th grade teachers)Commodore John Rodgers Elementary School (Baltimore, MD)
  • Embedded Professional Development Workshop Series: Arts Integration (pk-8th grade teachers)Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School (Baltimore, MD)
  • Baltimore County Schools Annual Arts Integration Conference for Principals Arts Integration Workshop Arlington Echo Education Center (Millersville, MD)
  • Professional Development Workshop: Arts Integration (9th-12th grade teachers)Booker T. Washington High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • Professional Development Workshop: Arts Integration (k-5th grade teachers) Magnolia Elementary School (Joppa, MD)
  • “Smart Days” Program: Arts Integration Workshop/Residency (1st-5th grade teachers)(Harford County, MD)
  • Professional Development Workshop: Arts Integration (Pre-k-5th grade teachers)
  • Central Pennsylvania Consortium Africana Studies Conference Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA)
KSO w/first cast Triumph of Disruption

Professional Affiliations

Maryland State Arts Council

National Dance Education Organization

Rhythmic Movement Class for Boys
Triumph of Disruption: A Movement to Subvert

Teaching

2014 – 2015 Dance Educator High Point High School

Prince George’s County MD

2010- 2014 University of Maryland (College Park, MD)

West African Dance Instructor/ Adjunct Professor

2007- 2014 Young Audiences Maryland (Baltimore, MD)

Performing and Teaching Artist for Marylsnd State Schools

2005- 2009 Howard University Guest Artist Workshop Traditional Contemporary Technique and choreography for dance majors and summer intensives for dance department prospective students (Washington, DC)

Professor-Adjunct (Modern II) 2008 - 2009 Towson University (Towson, MD)

Jan - Apr 2008 City Neighbors School

Teacher in Residence

Instruction in theater and movement (Grades 1-6)

2006 - 2010 Empowerment Academy (Baltimore, MD)

Teacher

Instruction in dance and performing arts (Grades PreK-6)

2007 - 2009 Academy for College and Career Exploration (Baltimore, MD)

Teacher in Residence

Instruction in dance and performing arts (9th Grade)

2007-2014 Young Audiences and Arts in Education Maryland School (Baltimore, MD)

Professional development for teaching artists and teachers

2006 Towson University (Towson, MD)

Visiting Artist Workshop

Traditional Contemporary Technique and choreography for dance majors

1997 Fareta School of Dance and Drum

West African Dance Instructor

Technique and execution of traditional West African dance (adult dance class)

1995 - 1997 Aims of Modzawe Cultural Center (Queens, NY)

West African Dance Instructor

Technique and execution of traditional West African dance (adult dance class)

Bernice Johnson School of Dance Teacher in Residence West African Dance Instructor (Queens, NY)

Performance

“Asipim” National Dance Company of Ghana

National Theater of Ghana (Accra, Ghana)

Dance and Music Festival

Dance Africa Brooklyn Music Academy (Brooklyn, NY)

Opera House

Kennedy Center (Washington, DC)

Lisner Auditorium

George Washington University (Washington, DC)

Symphony Space (New York, NY)

Sony Music Festival

Manhattan (New York, NY)

Private Performance at the home of Ms. Diana Ross (Greenwich, CT)

Drum and Dance Solo

Cultural Festival (Accra, Ghana)

Forces of Nature

Aaron Davis Hall (New York, NY)

Sounds of Brazil “S.O.B.’s”

Kotoko Society (New York, NY)

Top of the Pops - Gala

BBC London (London, England)

Gala

Berci Arena (Paris, France)

Stomp 1998-2003

Orpheum Theater (New York, NY)

US National Touring Companies (A cast)

International Tour

Rehearsal Director National tour/San Francisco Show

NBA All Star weekend (Stomp Solo-Televised)

Stomp Out Litter San Francisco (TV Spot) –Choreographer/Assistant Director

International Association of Blacks in Dance

DishiBem 2007 (Toronto, ON)

Baltimore Museum of Art (DishiBem Traditional Contemporary Dance Group)

“The Lext Nevel” 2005

“The More Things Change” 2009 (commissioned)

“American African” 2010 (commissioned)

“Triumph of Disruption: A Movement to Subvert” 2015

Choreography (abridged)

Howard University Dance Company

Asase Yaa Dance Theater

Forces of Nature Dance Theater

Djoule West African Dance Company

Muntu Dance Theater Chicago

Towson Dance Company

Maimouna Keita Dance Company

Wombwork Productions and Theater Group

DishiBem Traditional Contemporary Dance Group

Davis & Elkins College

Directing

2013/2015 Triumph of Disruption: A Movement to Subvert

2004- Present DishiBem Traditional Contemporary Dance Group (Founder/Co-Director)

1997 Two International Tours for Pop Artist Gala

1996 - 1997 Children of Africa Pan Afrikan Dance Company

Reviews

“His talent as a percussionist, his dynamic stage persona, and his capabilities as a dancer made him an extremely valuable member of the STOMP team.”

-Tim P. Grassel, Company Manger-STOMP

“Simply an amazing dancer…”

-Debbie Allen

“Wonderful, captivating, & exciting performer…”

-Helen Hunt, Oscar Award Winning Actress

“Kwame has had a prodigious career and its impact on me and my creative pursuits has been profound… New traditionalists such as Kwame work in both the academy and in the professional world (locally, nationally, and internationally) to build dramatically new, meaningful bridges between and among students, scholars, and artistic practitioners.”

-Robin Gee, Assistant Professor Department of Dance-University of North Carolina Greensboro

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