A bit about who I am
& what i do...
I was born in Lausanne (Switzerland) and was also raised in Togo, Africa, Geneva, and London.
My early training started at Tcheremissinof School of dance and Theater (ballet and jazz) in Geneva and continued in London at Goldsmith Ballet School, The Brit School of Performing Arts, Pineapple Performing Arts, and got a scholarship at London Studio Center.
My work to date in London / Europe includes :
the UK's “Move It” Festival 2011
The King and I,
Annie Get Your Gun,
The BRIT Awards,
Bold Detergent Commercial
Lion King - Carnival
and No Time To Die (movie).
Shortly after arriving in New York, world-renowned choreographer Maria Torres became my mentor and chose me to train as her assistant and dancer, learning everything from Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban to Salsa.
I received the “Inspiring New Artists Award of 2009” at Salsa Kingdom congress, where I performed in The Magic of Salsa Kingdom, a new musical directed and choreographed by Maria Torres.
My Television Highlights include :
Today Show Summer Concert Series with Pitbull, Ne-yo, and Marc Anthony,
Saturday Night Live Christmas Special with Amy Adams,
NY KNICKS 'Latin' Halftime show,
Marc Jacobs - Decadence fragrance launch
IIFA (International Indian FIlm Academy Awards) for KATARINA KAIF.
Latin Billboard Awards with Don Omar.
In the theater I also had the pleasure to be in :
Rally Cry /LLamada a play written & directed by Nancy Nevarez,
Hatuey: Memory of Fire,
In The Heights where I became the first woman in an Equity production to play Graffiti Pete.
Broadway Bares - Strip U produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
THE HIP-HOP NUTCRACKER first company and first US east coast tour in the role as ‘the mother.”
I was also Assistant Choreographer to Luis Salgado for Telemundo UpFront and a production of AIDA: The Musical.
Artistic Director / Choreographer/ Producer
With all these different experiences and encounters I wanted to develop my own projects, so in 2014 I founded a dance company/collective called INNOvation Artists with other like-minded dancers and choreographers from all walks of life contributing to unique work that aims to inspire and entertain through all styles of creative dance, theatre, storytelling & music but also to transcend gender, race, age and background.
After a few creations the company became multidisciplinary and grew into a piece titled Jarem- Roots which unites musicians, dancers, and choreographers from different cultures and backgrounds. To spread a message of unity and tolerance while inspiring and entertaining audiences.
Connected to Jarem Roots, I produced a fundraiser called #DanceUndivided which brought together an eclectic range of performers to raise money for an artistic empowerment program to be brought to Sierra Leone.
From the success of #DanceUndivided a working relationship was born with Teatro LATEA where I presented Echoes of Freedom and The Lost Goddess (inspired by a poem from Maya Angelou called ALONE) in their annual week-long program “eMeLe-K: An Afro-Latin Thing for Martin Luther King” in honor of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
For the first world premier music video of a song called "Changer ce Monde", I recently played the dual role of producer and choreographer. I gathered over 60 people from around the world to film themselves doing the routine. Despite being in the middle of a pandemic they shared their love, showing unity through the message on Collectiv Planet’s song.
In the same spirit of freedom of expression, I organised an experimental music and dance ‘cypher’ called Artists =Hurriya (freedom). The piece brought together musicians who freestyled a collaborative piece to which the dancers interpreted in various dance styles.
Something I am proud of is my work as a co-director of Be/Come Immersive, an organization based in the UK that focuses on issues of identity and cultural displacement within the African diaspora.
Our team is international and all linked by the desire to make positive change for the African continent and its diaspora through the delivery of projects based on identity, empowerment, and creativity.
Check out the website for on going and current programs, talks and events:
In December 2018, we brought a youth performing arts and empowerment program to some of the poorest schools in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The children were guaranteed a meal, water and would be exposed to a whole day of different movement and dance classes developing their creativity, teamwork, and discipline. At the end of the week, they performed on a stage at the annual National Storytelling Competition.
Whilst there the First lady had a campaign called "Hands off our Girls" because girls and women were being beaten and raped with no lawful cause.
In January 2019 the president announced a state of Emergency and recently girls ended up in the hospital or even paralyzed from these, too frequent violent sexual attacks.