2015 Dance for Peace



3rd Annual Dance for Peace

June 27, 2015




Thank you to our sponsors:

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This year’s performance benefited our Dr. Yoram Kaufmann Scholarship Fund.

Artists for World Peace established this fund in 2009 with the goal of spreading peace through artistic expression and education. The fund provides scholarships to students who are currently majoring in the arts and are in need of financial assistance. Named in memory of Dr. Yoram Kaufmann, a life long supporter of education, this scholarship will eventually support the education of children around the globe.


Our Third Annual Dance for Peace was an incredible evening full of creativity, generosity, and peace. We are honored by the support of the all of the performers, sponsors, AFWP staff, and audience members. Thank you!









Photos by: Caryn B. Davis



DANCE FOR PEACE Poster 2015-dancers






Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet 

Elizabeth McMillan began her ballet training with the Alabama Dance Theater in Montgomery. At the age of thirteen, she was accepted into Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy in the pre- professional division, and Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. McMillan was promoted to the professional division of Houston Ballet Academy and placed on a full merit scholarship while performing with the Houston Ballet. Her other training includes Joffrey Ballet and USA International Ballet Competition School. In 2000, she joined Ballet Magnificat!, touring nationally and internationally with the main company for seven years—performing in Greece, Singapore, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic—in addition to the USA International Ballet Competition Gala in Jackson, MS and most major cities across the United States. In 2006, she accepted a position as Adjunct Professor of Dance at Belhaven University; two years later she was promoted to the full-time faculty position of Specialty Instructor of Dance. McMillan is the Founding Director of Belhaven University’s Dance Ministry Ensemble. She has served on the faculty of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Ad Deum Dance Company, Yale Ballet, and as Ballet Mistress for Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Program in Pittsburgh, PA. McMillan served as Shoreline Principal with New Haven Ballet for three years and was named Assistant Choreographer for New Haven Ballet’s 2012 production of The Nutcracker. She has also choreographed two original works for New Haven Ballet Company. McMillan is currently on the faculty of The Hartt School, University of Hartford.  McMillan has performed corps de ballet and leading roles in such classical ballets as The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Giselle, Paquita, Coppelia, and Cinderella. She has also performed original works by choreographers Jiri Sebastian Voborsky, Kathy Thibedeaux, Randall Flinn, Caleb Mitchell, Stephen Wynne, Trey McIntyre, Priscilla Nathan Murphy, and Ben Stevenson. Many of her former students are pursuing professional careers in dance with reputable companies around the world and have received acceptance to some of the nations leading university dance programs, including Ailey/Fordham University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase College, Southern Methodist University, University of Arizona, Indiana University, Point Park University, and The Juilliard School. McMillan is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She received her certification in September 2012. McMillan was appointed Artistic Director of Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet in the fall of 2013. She is delighted to move the company forward in its Artistic Vision and Mission.



Rivka's Style

Rivka “La Azucumba” Isskandreyya is a dancer hailing from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. She has been studying the art of “Belly Dance” for over a decade and continues to study with master teachers throughout the NYC area. Rivka has studied extensively with world renowned artists such as Ariana Halima Al Tiye and Dalia Carella. She has also studied with Azza Amon, Nourhan Sharif (NYC), Najmat, Miever De La Cruz, Johara (Boston), Portia (Miami), and has taken workshops with Madam Raqia Hassan, Mohammed Shahin (Egypt), Karim Nagi (Boston), Lotus Naraja and many more. Rivka taught a workshop in Costa Rica and has previously taught in Brooklyn dance centers. Rivka was a member in the Johara Snake Dance Theatre troupe in Boston, and a member of the DREAM TEAM in NYC. Her dance repertoire also includes Afro Latin dances such as Rumba and Samba, as well as other African based dances. Rivka is currently available to teach both private and group classes, create choreographies and perform at your next event!




Elm City

Contemporanea is a work conceived by Lindsey Bauer with musical direction by Olushola Cole. It is a piece inspired by the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, which incorporates elements of the art form with dance and music. A dynamic perspective, Contemporanea allows audiences to see where Capoeira lives in dance. Lindsey Bauer is the Programming Director of Elm City Dance Collective, a non-profit organization that provides an experiential and collaborative approach to dance creation, education and performance. She is a dance artist, educator and choreographer. Lindsey is a member of the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School dance faculty, and trains in Capoeira at Raça em Movimento with Mestre Efraim Silva. Her choreography has been presented in and around the northeast and in Arizona. Most recently, Lindsey has danced with/for artists such as Olushola Cole, Kellie Ann Lynch and Adejoke Tugbiyele. She has an MFA from Arizona State University and a BFA from Towson University.


Lindsey Bauer
Olushola Cole
Michael Eskridge
Wilfred Hernandez
Luis Antonio Rodriguez





Island Reflections Dance Theater Company


Island Reflections Dance Theatre Company (I.R.D.T.C.) is a Hartford-based dance company that provides training for emerging artists throughout Connecticut ranging in age from 3 to adult. The educational mission of IRDTC is to nurture and cultivate students who have a desire and passion for the various areas of the performing arts.  Professionally trained instructors deliver the curriculum, cultivating students with excellence in a variety of dance forms, music and theater techniques. Under the brilliant artistic direction of Stephen Hankey, the Company continues to flourish and educate the community about modern, Caribbean Folk, and other traditional dance forms.  Mr. Hankey’s choreography is an extraction of the African experience with indigenous Indian, European and Asian influences representative of the colonization and social history of the Caribbean.  IRDTC Company members have made a name for themselves, performing original dance works at such prestigious locations as the Wadsworth Atheneum, the  Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, and Hartford’s own Bushnell Performing Arts Center.  Their vibrant and colorful performances are more than just dance; Island Reflections beautifully tells stories which pay homage to ancestors and cultures worldwide through dance theater.




Lenard Foust is a Dance Education Major at CCSU— after transferring from WCSU where he studied musical theatre.  He is presently teaching various forms of dance and movement concepts in affiliation with CCSU FDC models, Lincoln Elementary, and DFX Entertainment Company. He dances professionally in the entertainment industry. Lenard began his ballet and modern dance training with the Albano Ballet Company, as well as Dancentral. His strong passion and dedication motivates him to continue to pursue his career in the dance world.




Sonia Plumb Dance Company


Sonia Plumb Dance Company was formed in Hartford, Connecticut in 1990.

Since then, the Company has performed throughout the Northeast in self-promoted concerts and adjudicated showcases including: “Connecticut Dance Alliance;” “Connecticut Choreographers’ Forum;” “A New Generation of Dance” at SUNY Purchase, New York; “New Dance/New Haven;” “Dance Services Network Choreographers’ Showcase;” “International Festival of Arts and Ideas” and the Special Olympics in New Haven and First Night in Hartford. The Company’s “Dare to Dance” community arts program has brought them to many underserved minorities, seniors and youth audiences. In 2000 and 1996 Artistic Director Sonia Plumb received the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Choreographers’ Fellowship for Artistic Excellence. The Company premiered “Water Wars” at the University of St. Joseph in September 2012, and is currently on the Hartford Performs’ artist roster. Sonia teaches at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in Hartford and recently received a National Artisti Teaching Fellowship from the SURDNA foundation.

Coleman School of Dance

“For Malala”

Choreography: Christina Coleman & Sophia Procario-Foley

Music: Max Richter, Drummers of Africa & Mattia Cupelli

Dancers: Sophie McCann, Jennifer O’Garro, Sophia Procario-Foley, Susanna Procario-Foley.








Joel Melendez is an accomplished Capoeirista with an energy for the art that is highly contagious.  Included in his experience, Joel trained with Mestre Efraim Silva for four years, and he has trained with Mestre Pinga Fogo Currently under the supervision of Mestre Pinga Fogo, Joel enjoys training and sharing his knowledge of Capoeira with students of all ages.

Capoeria– A jovial Brazilian martial art that fuses dance, music acrobatics and song.









Lorelei Chang- Artistic Director

dancEnlight’s mission is dedicated to fostering the arts through excellence in dance, education and artistic collaboration in a tapestry of Eastern and Western culture & ideas. dancEnlight strives to enrich the community, enlighten audiences of all ages, and inspire cultural development, locally and globally.

Founded by Lorelei Chang and Mai Nakanishi in 2008, dancEnlight is currently in residence at Connecticut Concert Ballet. dancEnlight is a professional modern dance company that performs in the US & Japan under the direction of Lorelei Chang (US) and Mai Nakanishi (Japan). Ms Chang & Nakanishi draw their inspiration from their Asian background and create cross-cultural works with inventive ideas. Their idea of combining dance and the ancient art form of Chinese calligraphy have uniquely set the company a part from others. Through artistic collaboration, dancEnlight works together with local and global artists to create lasting, high quality works of art that can be embraced by a wide range of audiences.






Kerry Kincy, Producer

Kerry Kincy is an independent Teaching Artist and teaches her residency, Telling Voices, to children and adults in the community, schools and in residential treatment facilities in collaboration with organizations throughout Connecticut. Kerry provides opportunities for participants to explore, discover and create active learning experiences through creative expression. Kerry is a core faculty member with the Shared Abilities Dance Ensemble, where dancers with and without physical disabilities work in partnership to create

Kerry graduated from Trinity College with a self-designed degree in Learning, Movement, and
Social Development. She continued to build her craft studying Expressive and Creative Art Therapies at Salve Regina, The New School and Movement Therapy at Antioch University. She is completing her Masters Degree in Community Psychology at the University of New Haven.

Her work with the Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc., Moving Matters! afforded her the opportunity to teach in Dreamings, What I Want to Say, and What I Want to Tell You, the Mom’s and Kid’s Project, at York Women’s Prison that focused on issues pertaining to the women behind the razor wire. She
performed in the professional version of Dreamings that was presented to the public at the Charter Oak Cultural Center.






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