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Morgan Faithe Harrell

Ballet After Dark Virtual Facilitator

Morgan Faithe Harrell is a graduate from Kennesaw State University with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance along with a concentration in Modern. Harrell started dance at 11 years old winning regional/national dance competitions and convention scholarships. Celebrities such as Jennifer Hudson has recognized her talents in high school. While receiving her Bachelor of Arts, Harrell has been in productions with Tyler Perry, Zaytoven, BET, BET HER, Netflix, T.I. and more. Her gifts continue to grow to choreograph for artists, working in film productions, and teaching virtually across the country. Along with receiving awards and accolades for significance in the community, her most proud accomplishment is her first film S.A.B.L.E. (Stories About Blacks Leading Equality), a powerful short film about black women injustice in America on YouTube.

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Simone Gadlin

Ballet After Dark Virtual Facilitator

Southern California native, Simone Gadlin is a choreographer, dancer, instructor, performance artist, and youth mentor with over 15 years of formal dance experience and 7 years teaching for schools and studios across the United States. Simone teaches ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip-hop. Within each class she focuses on promoting creative expression as a form of healing and using the art of dance to grow as a person. She believes that combining one's intention into their movement while having fun is the secret formula to a more peaceful and harmonious life. Simone is a member of PHILADANCO’s second company and prides herself on maintaining the balance between her professional dancing career and teaching her students.

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Danah Bella

Master Class/Ballet After Dark Virtual Facilitator

Danah Bella, is the artistic director of d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks, a modern dance company focused on reclaiming evocative movement as social practice. Danah is an award-winning choreographer who has performed & presented her work throughout the country including the Red Rock Dance Festival in Utah, Cool New York Festival in New York, the United States Asian American Festival in San Francisco, the Bates Dance Festival in Maine, the American College Dance Association’s National Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center, Santa Barbara, ReVIEWING Black Mountain College, as well as in Mexico and Italy. She has taught workshops and has been artist in residence in festivals and universities throughout the United States and abroad; including, Pro Danza Italia, Bates Dance Festival, Monterey Dance Fest, the American College Dance Association's Regional and National conference, Western Michigan University, University of Virginia, Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, Santa Barbara City College and Goose Route Dance Festival.  Danah is also a founding member of Colectivo Caliban, an artist collective that transgresses disciplinary borders through sound and movement.  She has worked in higher education since 2002 teaching modern dance technique, dance theory, and history. Danah is currently the Director of the BFA Dance program at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

 

She was awarded an MFA in performance from the Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from the University of California in Santa Barbara.

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Rebecca Lee

Guest Choreographer/ Contributor

Rebecca Lee’s choreographic and performance practice derives from a place of abstraction, activism, and adaptability. Her craft remains in a state of informed consciousness. Rebecca aims to push the boundaries of bodies and minds. Rebecca’s
goals as an artist is to envelop her personal identity in a way that addresses the needs of the community through movement.
Rebecca’s work honors the rigor and athleticism of dance. Her vigorous training in modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and ballroom has given her an appreciation for the effort that is required of the body in all genres of dance. This mindset not only pushes the level of choreographic capabilities, but of her abilities as a performer and working dancer. Rebecca strives to use her art to assist revolutionary movements through activism. Her creative conversation is one that focuses on the details of humanity and
how the art of dance can be used to better serve the community. She wants to get people thinking, questioning, and moving towards a change in societal standards.
Rebecca’s engagement through community and art is a lifelong pursuit in which she
aspires to create authentic, meaningful conversation with moving bodies in moving
spaces.