Baakari Wilder is internationally known for starring in the Broadway musical Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk. He received a Bessie Award for his performance, and later assumed the lead role for a year. He has also received the Pola Nirenska Award for achievement in dance.
Baakari's dancing has delighted audiences around the world in places such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, France, Africa, Brazil, Germany, Japan, and Russia. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre from the University of Maryland at College Park. He shares his knowledge of tap dancing through his role as assistant artistic director of the Washington D.C. based company Capitol Tap. He is currently producing, directing, and starring in his new creation “Reform Live” at Dance Place in Washington, DC in November.
Adrienne Clancy has earned a reputation of working with conservatory students and dance enthusiasts alike. Prior to directing ClancyWorks Dance Company ( www.ClancyWorks.org ), Dr. Clancy
worked as a Company Member for the following dance companies: Bella Lewitzky, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Nora Reynolds-Daniel, and Bill Evans. Clancy’s work has been presented nationally
internationally in Australia, Colombia, England, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay and Poland.
Dr. Clancy, both an artist and a scholar, earned a PhD and a MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University (TWU), a MA in Dance from University of New Mexico. Dr. Clancy presented at the 2016 TEDx Midatlantic Conference on the power of arts integration. Awards for teaching include receiving the NDEO’s 2013 Outstanding Dance Educator of the Year Award and the 2017 MD Council for Dance Service to the MD Dance Community Award.
Hermione Rhones is a native Washingtonian with twenty-five years of experience as a teaching and performing artist. She currently teaches dance, drama, creative writing and spoken word poetry at Archbishop Carroll High School. She also currently works part-time at Dance Place, Joe’s Movement Emporium, One Common Unity, and BloomBars teaching and facilitating dance, yoga and youth empowerment classes.
Since childhood she has studied various forms of movement including: ballet, tap, various modern dance techniques, jazz, and West African dance. She has performed with Adrain Bolton, Tony Powell Music & Movement, Images in Cultural Artistry (directed by Sherrill Berryman Johnson), Carla & Co. (Directed by Carla Perlo) and Coyaba Dance Theater (Directed by Sylvia Soumah). Hermione’s solo works have combined her love of spoken word artistry with her passion for movement and she has enjoyed performing and/or teaching at various performance venues, schools, community centers and churches throughout the area.
She has written a book of poetry entitled Naked, published in 2013. Hermione is also an advocate of the healing arts. She teaches yoga, meditation and water aerobics. Finally, she loves to upcycle garments and create original crochet accessories and occasionally sells her creations under the alias Accents by H.
Hermione feels compelled to live and love artistically every day and strives to be a source that uplifts in her family, community and in the world at large.