Damien K. Harris

Damien K. Harris is a native Washingtonian who graduated from the historic Duke Ellington School of the Arts where he studied ballet under the tutelage of Ms. Lynn Welters. After graduating from Ellington, Mr. Harris went on to study Classical Ballet Performance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Upon graduating with his Bachelors of Fine Arts from UARTS, Damien began his teaching career as an elementary school teacher in the District of Columbia Public School System where he taught second grade for six years before transitioning to the DC Public Charter School System where he continued his teaching career and eventually moved into Educational Leadership. In 2010, Mr. Harris graduated from George Mason University with Masters of Education degree. Having graduated at the top of his class, Damien was afforded an opportunity to further his studies at the world- renowned Oxford University in Oxford, England where he focused on Educational and Developmental Psychology. Throughout his 16 years in the education field, Mr. Harris has held positions such as Classroom Teacher, Instructional and Data Coach, Director of Home and Community Partnerships, Assistant Principal and he currently serves as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at a local charter school. Damien currently resides in Washington DC and is exploring Ph.d programs to continue his education.  

Kim Bears bailey

A Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) graduate of the University of Arts, Kim joined PHILADANCO in 1981. Currently the Assistant Artistic Director, she assists the rehearsal director and Costume Mistress. A 1992 "Bessie" Award recipient. (The New York Dance and Performance Award), Kim represented PHILADANCO at the 1988 American Dance Festival as a soloist where she performed two works by Dr. Pearl Primus. Ms. Bears appeared in the movie "Beloved". Ms. Bears-Bailey is currently artist-in-residence at Howard University in Washington, D.C.. Kim continues to teach at the PHILADANCO and constructs master classes and workshops across the globe as well as passing on the legacy of various mater works. Kim is one of few artist granted permission to remount the works of world renowned choreographers Talley Beatty, Pearl Primus, and Gene Hill Segan. Spring of 2011 Ms. Bears-Bailey remounted and directed "Celebrating the Legacy of African-American Dance Pioneer Pearl Primus with performances and panel discussions as part of an American Masterpiece project at the University of the Arts. Most recently she recieved the prestigious 2011 Mary Louise Beitzel Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of the Arts. Ms. Bears-Bailey was one of four women choreographers who premiered a new work as part of the 2012 Dynamic Women of Dance showcase presented by the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble. Ms. Bears-Bailey is the proud mother of Nia Yvonne Bailey.  

Charlotte Hampton Carter

Charlotte Hampton Carter is a retired Federal Government worker. She spent 39 years working in the intelligence community for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency. Over the years, she worked a gamut of assignments from clerk to teletype operator to intelligence, tasking and staff officer. Along the way in her endeavors, she honed her communications skills in these various fields and supported analysts, directors and military generals to include the now Director of National Intelligence. She retired from federal service in 2009. Currently she serves at the Mount Sinai Baptist Church as a Unit Leader where she advises and encourages 70 of its members in their spiritual growth. she is a long time supporter of the New School of Dance and Arts, a member of the Congressional Award for Youth program and works with various community organizations to include the Friends of the Woodbridge Library and the Rhode Island Ave Main Streets Project. She is a graduate of Trinity Washington University (formerly Trinity College) where she majored in Communications. She resides in Washington DC. Her husband Jerry Carter is deceased. They have four children, Gladys, Jeria, Jehan, and Jerry.

Nicole prescott

She appeared in the summer block buster movie "BIG MOMMAS HOUSE" with actor/comedian Martin Lawrence. Her theatre credits include productions such as "FOR COLORED GIRLS, Who Have Considered Suicide", "WHEN THE RAINBOW WAS ENUR", "THE DIARY OF BLACK MEN", and ROMEO and JULIET. Her recent television credits include, "THE COSBY SHOW, "THE HUNTRESS", and "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Nicole thanks GOD for her many blessings. 

Marc Christopher Spaulding 

Marc began his dance training at the prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts in, Washington, DC under the direction of Lynn B. Welters. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Ballet Performance from the University of the Arts. Mr. Spaulding’s versatility and excellent training foundation have afforded him the opportunity to travel the world as a performer, instructor, and choreographer. His more noteworthy performance credits include: “California Soul” Apple Inc. Industrial, Dancing with the Stars-Macy’s Stars of Dance Series, Endless Shock-Japanese Musical Series, Dreamgirls 1st National Tour, Westside Story International Tour, Broadway revival of Equus, Philadanco-Philadelphia Dance Company, Donald Byrd/The Group, feature film Hairspray, NBC Today’s Show, and Saturday Night Live. As an Instructor and choreographer Mr. Spaulding has worked with: The Jikei Group of Colleges in Japan, Dance Master’s of America, Collage Dance Collective, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, University of the Arts, The Rock Ballet School, Broadway Connection, Long Island University, International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, and is a current faculty member at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio and a Adjunct Professor of Dance at AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA.