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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 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 is a professional dancer, actress, choreographer, theatrical director, arts educator and arts administrator.
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, 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
As an artist and educator Adrian’s goal is to plant the seed of understanding and appreciation for the art form of dance.
Ms. China’s teaching style could best be described as creative passion through West African dance, creative writing and performance theatre.
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 is a graduate of University of New Mexico with a BA in Theatre.
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 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.
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 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.
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.