Dance is Healing
Omarion Burke is a 16 year old singer/dancer/actor from the Bronx, New York. He’s always had a love for the arts since he was a young child. His earlier training began at Mind Builders Creative Arts Center , Harlem School of The Arts, and Broadway Dreams Foundation. He is currently a junior at the Professional Performing Arts School and is a scholarship student at The Ailey School. He is also a member of the MOVE(NYC) Young Professionals Program and Tada Youth Theater Resident Youth Ensemble. Omarion has accomplished a lot in just a few years. He has performed in two off broadway shows, the rival musical of “Alice in Wonderland” at the Players Theater, and was featured in a music video entitled “Good Morning.” Omarion was a backup dancer for Paula Abdul, performed at Radio City Music Hall, danced at Lincoln Center twice, and recently danced in the 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Omarion’s experience at TPFF “Dance is Healing” was unlike anything he’s ever done. He states, “ I love coming back to participate in “Dance is Healing” because when I’m there, I forget about all of my troubles and hardships and I leave them at the door, and walk into the space ready to be rejuvenated. Dance is an escape for me not only during this program but throughout my life. Dance has guided me and helped me through so many troubling and stressful times in my life, and so there needs to be additional programs like Dance is Healing because dance is therapeutic and it allows me experience dance more from the inside out, almost leaving your body to come back to it, a new being.”
Brooklyn Skye Ezekiel is 10 years old and has been dancing since the age of 2. Her mother, a former Miss New Jersey USA, is one of her many dance instructors at Jazz Unlimited located in Marlton, New Jersey. She is a member of the highly acclaimed Jazz Unlimited Dance Ensemble and has received many scholarships while being on their competition team. Brooklyn also dances at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she enjoys taking several ballet classes. She takes nine dance classes a week, six of which are ballet. Brooklyn has modeled for different dance costume catalogs, Target, Avon and Toys R Us. She hopes to continue her career as a budding dancer on broadway someday!
"I liked going to Dance is Healing because it was so nice to see other brown dancers and dancers with special needs. It felt good to look around the room and see other dancers that looked like me and had hair like me."
Eden Arrington Mouzone is a pre-professional prep dance student at Harlem School of the Arts. Ballet Student at New American Youth Ballet. Eden aspires to be a professional dancer. She is a 12 year old homeschooler that will be in the 7th grade. She likes to cook for fun and loves pets.
“Dance is Healing“ helps me to dance out all my anxiety. It is a lot of fun. I advise people to attend to this workshop. I love Ms. Paige. Her career is successful and she is always there for me.
Zoe Anna Tsourounakis was born on July 7, 1991. She was born with Down Syndrome. Finding a dance studio was not easy as four studios turned down Zoe due to her disability. Zoe began her dancing “career” at the age of 4 (1995) at Deneille’s Dance Studio in Woodhaven, NY with her two older sisters.
Miss Deneille looked past the disability seeing the challenge but accepting and loving every child. Zoe enjoyed tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop and belly dancing for the next 12 years when the studio closed. She participated in the yearly spring recitals and in various special productions and street fairs in Queens.
Zoe continues to love to dance and was thrilled to be included in Dance is Healing. “ I liked this…I liked it a lot”.