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Vozolo Dance Company - African Dance and African Drum Group

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Choreographer, Dancer, Musician
Specialization: African Dance & African Drum

Vozolo Dance Company (http://vozolo.weebly.com/) is a Las Vegas-based professional African Dance and African Drum troupe founded by Master Dancer and Choreographer, Atito Gohi. The Company is co-directed by Atito Gohi and Master Drummer, Eric Bli Bi Gore, both originally from Ivory Coast, West Africa. Atito and Eric each have over 25 years of professional African drum, African dance, performance and theatrical production experience in venues spanning across the globe.

Eve Allen

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Choreographer, Dancer, Teaching Artist

Eve Allen is a dance lecturer at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Department of Theater & Dance. She received her M.F.A. in Ballet (teaching and choreography) from the University of Utah and B.S. in Business Administration with a Dance minor from UNR. Allen performs locally with A.V.A.

Tami Castillo Shelton

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Actor, Dancer, Teaching Artist

Tami Castillo Shelton is a professional dancer, actress, choreographer, theatrical director, arts educator and arts administrator.

Julianna Erdesz

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Dancer
Specialization: Musical Theater, Dance

Julianna Erdesz is a former Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada USA. Dedicated throughout her two years of service to teaching the arts to at-risk youth, it is her belief that an education and childhood is only complete if the arts are involved.

Atito Gohi

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Choreographer, Dancer, Musician
Specialization: African Dance & African Drum

Atito Gohi, is a Master African Dancer, Choreographer, Instructor, Producer, Musician, and African Drummer and Founder of Vozolo Dance Company www.vozolo.weebly.com. He is originally from Ivory Coast, West Africa and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada

Adrian Holley

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Dancer
Specialization: Dancer: Jazz, Modern, and Hip Hop, Choreographer, Movement for Actors

As an artist and educator Adrian’s goal is to plant the seed of understanding and appreciation for the art form of dance.

China Hudson

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Dancer, Director, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Writer, Director, Performing Artist

Ms. China’s teaching style could best be described as creative passion through West African dance, creative writing and performance theatre.

Felice Lesser

Location: New York, New York
Category: Dancer
Specialization: Dancer, Choreographer, Play/Screenplay Writer, Multi-Media Artist

Felice envisions her role as an artist-in-residence to be that of a working professional with a lifelong commitment to the art of dance, sharing her knowledge with a school and a community, hopefully motivating people to seek out further experiences once she is gone.

Jason Nious

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Choreographer, Dancer, Teaching Artist

Jason Nious is a graduate of University of New Mexico with a BA in Theatre.

Group: Olabisi African Dance and Drum Ensemble

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Dancer, Folk Artist, Teaching Artist
Specialization: African Dance and Drum

Olabisi African Dance & Drum Ensemble is dedicated to teaching drum and dance influenced by the culture of West Africa. The ensemble of dancers and drummers are a diverse and unique group of men, women, and children.

Diane Rugg

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Choreographer, Dancer, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Creative Movement, Somatics, Spoken Word, Beyond Technique

Diane Rugg was born in Santa Barbara, California with an imaginative soul and deep somatic knowing. She grew up in the idyllic, richly multicultural community of Riverside, Ca with politically active, musically enlightened parents and a grandmother who was a Ziegfeld Follies hoofer.

Sue Schroeder

Location: Decatur, Georgia
Category: Dancer
Specialization: Dancer, Education Through Dance

As an artist and dynamic participant in the community, Sue believes it is essential to approach, develop and nurture a meaningful connection to dance.

Martha Smith

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Dancer, Singer
Specialization: Dance, Vocal Musician, Musical Theater

Martha Smith believes that "Life is experienced to the fullest when the arts have a place. Everyone is not going to be a Singer/Dancer/Actor/Painter and so on, they will on the other hand have relationships with people. The Arts develop and balance us emotionally.

L. Martina Young

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Choreographer, Dancer, Writer
Specialization: Dance & Movement Investigator

Recipient of Nevada's Governor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts, Martina Young is an active visionary who conceptualizes aesthetic connections within her fields of dance, poetic perception, and language.