ADINA WILLIAMS, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR
Recognized for stewarding new community engagement initiatives and specialized work in the strategic management, presentation and production of world-class arts programs, Williams has served as Senior Manager of Public Programs, American Museum of Natural History; Deputy Director, Education & Community Programs, Washington National Opera; Community Engagement Manager, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center as well as Director of Jazz & Standards, Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
Founder of AdinaWorks Productions, she partners with arts and culture sector organizations and individual artists such as Brooklyn arts incubator National Sawdust and opera legend Jessye Norman to create programming that is unique, mission-specific and relevant. She currently serves on the Composers Concordance Board and participated as a founding member and panelist for former New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton’s “Roundtable on Diversity and Inclusion in Cultural Institutions.”
Williams is a two-time Master Degree recipient from Teachers College, Columbia University and conservatory honors graduate.
DESMOND SEYMOUR, BMM COMMUNITY LIASON & FACILITOR
Desmond Seymour is the founder of Doula For Dad, an educator, scientist, & artist who does the majority of his work in Brooklyn. His company Doula For Dad focuses on educating current & future fathers skills such as bonding with baby in utero, learning skills to ease birthing process for pregnant partners, basic sex education, supporting pregnant people, and building a community of fathers that will support one another nationwide. Desmond is a graduate of Florida A&M and Georgetown Universities with a wide variety of professional experience from political campaign field manager to laboratory scientist.
KADEEM ALSTON-ROMAN, EBM COMMUNITY FACILITATOR
Kadeem Alston-Roman hails from Brooklyn, New York and has choreographed over 55 dance pieces in a variety of dance genres that include: modern/contemporary, neo-classical ballet, street-jazz, Broadway jazz, tap, West African, South African and liturgical dance.
He has showcased his work at Madison Square Garden, The Prudential Center, American College Dance Festival, Harlem Summer Stage, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Charles Moore Dance Theater, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University, SUNY Newpaltz, Laguardia Arts, Bric Studios, Brooklyn Friends School, The Secret Theater, St. Francis College, Red Hook Festival, St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church, St. Luke’s Theater, Dance New Amsterdam and the Harkness Dance Center. It was here in which he was considered one of the "top seven emerging choreographers in New York City". His choreography has also been featured Off- Broadway in Play The Music Softly, Alive 55+, and Kickin’ in which he received an AUDELCO Award nomination for Best Choreography. His work has also been seen on CBS’ 60 Minutes.
He is the co-director of Full Force Wellness & Dance Repertory, a holistic wellness & dance organization based in midtown Manhattan, as well as a dance faculty member for Brooklyn Friends School and dance teaching artist for Lincoln Center and The Joyce Theater. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and the Performing Arts (The Fame School) and received his B.A. in Dance from Muhlenberg College.
MAXINE MONTILUS, EBM COMMUNITY FACILITATOR
Maxine Montilus is a native of Brooklyn, New York and a first-generation Haitian-American. Maxine has a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance from The University of the Arts, an M.A. in Arts Management from City University London, and an M.A. in Dance Education from Hunter College via the Lincoln Center Scholars program.
As a dancer, Maxine has performed with Ase Dance Theatre Collective, Balasole Dance Company, KaNu Dance Theater and Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits. Maxine performed with SpeakDance Collective in the Festival of Art and Folklore in Santiago de Cuba in April 2016. She was featured in the theatrical production “La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar” produced by Lukumi Arts in December 2016 at JACK Art Space, and in February 2017 at HERE Arts Center. She also performed in Jean Claude Eugene’s production “Zatrap: HaitiTrauma” at The Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland in October 2017 and Queens Museum Theatre in May 2018. As a choreographer, Maxine has presented work at the "Being Bushified!" culture and community series hosted by Urban Bush Women, "The Makings of You" (at Dance New Amsterdam) and "Epic Narratives" (at The Actors Fund Arts Center) with Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits, "Shadow of a Pearl" and "Malgre Tout" with KaNu Dance Theater at Jamaica Performing Arts Center, The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, Harlem School for the Arts with Haiti Cultural Exchange for their annual Selebrasyon Festival, and the inaugural Rex Nettleford Arts Conference in Kingston, Jamaica. Maxine is also a member of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE, through which she has presented choreography in their annual New Traditions Showcase from 2015-2017. In 2014, she choreographed BallyBeg Production's third play and Equity-approved showcase, "The Taste Of It", and was a 2015 nominee for Outstanding Choreography/Movement in The New York Innovative Theater Awards for her work in the production. In 2017, Maxine served as the Afro Cuban/Haitian Folklore consultant for choreographer Camille A. Brown in her work for the Tony-Award winning musical “Once On This Island”.
PIA MURRAY, EBM COMMUNITY FACILITATOR
Pia Monique Murray is known as a jack of all trades in the dance industry, having been a choreographer, performer, teacher, arts administrator, stage, tour/company manager, and rehearsal assistant. She has worked with nora chipaumire, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Paloma McGregor, Dianne McIntyre, Blondell Cummings, Vangeline, Katsura Kan, Pedro Ruiz, and Michelle Gibson in various capacities. Pia has been a teaching artist for Urban Arts Partnership, Dreamyard Project, Brooklyn Arts Council, Dancewave, and Mark DeGarmo & Dancers. As a Lincoln Center Scholar she obtained a master’s degree in dance education from Hunter College and graduated with high honors as a member of the National Honors Society for Dance. She performs contemporary dance company with RAKIA!, traditional dance from Côte d’Ivoire with Vado Diomande’s Kotchegna Dance Company, and leads Pia Monique Murray Dance Collective (PMMDC). As an educator Pia’s pedagogy combines art education (expanding student experiences through various art media) and aesthetic education (engaging with works of art through various learning modalities). By creating, performing, responding to, and connecting to dance, students learn to apply tools, skills, and concepts in various situations in order to achieve a goal or express an idea. Pia’s classes don’t just develop strong and flexible dancers, but more importantly smart dancers that can apply their acquired skills to any endeavor they pursue in life.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers is committed to engaging audiences and empowering communities through dance and dialogue, both nationally and internationally. We pride ourselves not only in presenting authentic performances, but also in creating safe spaces that foster collective learning and individual growth.