Lia Lewis is a native of Queens, New York. She began her early dance training in the Ailey School's Junior Division as a scholarship student and is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts. She has also spent summers training with institutions, including the French Academie of Ballet and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Through her training, she has performed works by Martha Graham, Frederick Earl Mosley, Christian Von Howard, Cindy Salgado and others. She is also an early childhood educator, serving as an assistant teacher in dance education and child development and also holds experience in ABA therapy and methods of social emotional learning.
Hello! My name is Antoinette Robinson Williams. I have had the pleasure of being a preschool teaching assistant for the past three years. I have also found joy in teaching dance at the Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet Dance Theater Brooklyn to children within the age range of 4 to 13 for the past 8 years. My love for children began with the birth of my wonderful son, Raymond who I’ve doted on for 13 years (so far). I feel that every child needs unconditional love and I am beyond glad that I am able to give it to them. Between you and me, they give it right back in spades and that warms my heart.
William Roberson, a native of Tennessee, graduated with a B.F.A in Dance from Howard University in 2013. Through Howard, he’s been fortunate to work with Ronald K Brown, Hope Boykin, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Camille A Brown and productions like “Porgy and Bess” at the Metropolitan opera. He is incredibly grateful and thankful to have reconnected with Hope in the studio again for such a momentous part of her career.
Nyemah Stuart hails from Harlem, New York City. At five years of age Stuart began her dance training at The Uptown Dance Academy. Continuing studies at Harbor Conservatory for the Arts, The Martha Graham School, and the Alvin Ailey Junior Division. Her next stop was Professional Performing Arts High School, which had a dance program tied to the Alvin Ailey School. After graduating High School she studied ballet at The Dance Theatre of Harlem as a scholarship student. Stuart then went on to apprentice with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater under the direction of Nicole Clark Springer, Kevin Iega Jeff, and Gary Abbott, and has since matriculated into the company. Stuart also took part in Deeply Rooted’s first virtual summer dance intensive as the Youth Repertory Instructor. Stuart currently does company work with Harambee Dance Co. directed by Sandella Malloy, and is an instructor with Jamel Gain’s Creative Outlet working with young artist and dancers of the community. "Ever since I can remember dance has been a part of my life, I do not feel alive or fulfilled if I am not dancing. I am thankful for this craft for it continues to keep me focused and allows me to expressmyself, because words are never enough.”
Ciera R. Thorne, a 23 year-old Washington, DC native, trained at Duke Ellington School of the Arts H.S., and Temple University Boyer College of Dance in Philadelphia. She attended Intensives at Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Philadanco! and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. Ciera has danced in Projects by Joe Gonzalez, Niccole Nero Gaines, Akia Deyvon and Productions directed by Bill T. Jones, Jamel Gaines, and Donald T. Lunsford. She is currently a member of Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn and an inaugural member of TORCH Dance Theatre also in New York. Ciera holds a BFA in Dance and an AA in Africology. She enjoys Teaching and Dance Administration.
April Watson began her dance training at age 8 at University of North Carolina School of the Arts Preparatory program. In 2016, April graduated from University of North Carolina School of the Arts high school program. She spent her summers with School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Charlotte Ballet, Indiana Ballet Conservatory, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Joffrey of Chicago all on scholarship. After graduating from UNCSA she spent two years in Los Angeles, CA studying under the direction of Debbie Allen as an Artist in Residence on scholarship. This is April’s second season with Complexions.