Dina Wright Joseph,Program Manager of Purelements: An Evolution in Dance, began her dance training at the age of five at Adele’s Creative Dance Center in Queens, NY. With the loving support of her parents, she continued her training in classical ballet until her audition and acceptance to the dance program at the prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music and the Performing Arts. During her freshman year at LaGuardia, Dina turned down a partial scholarship at the School of American Ballet to accept full scholarships to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and the Martha Graham School. Dina’s training and dance vocabulary expanded triple ­fold when introduced to West African dance and music while apprenticing with Forces of Nature Dance Theater Company in 1989. For the next 12 year, under the tutelage of directors Abdel Salaam, Dyane Harvey­ Salaam and Dele Husbands, she toured both nationally and internationally as a principal dancer and dance captain with the company until 2001. Theater credits include: The WIZ, For Colored Girls…, Juju Man, Testify!, St. Louis Woman, and Dance Captain for the New York Shakespeare Company’s production of Measure for Measure. Dina is the proud recipient of the FON Artistic Achievement Award and has graced the cover of Heart and Soul magazine, and Instyle magazine’s featured article entitled, Dina Wright: A Force of Nature. Dina’s television credits include: PBS' "Free to Dance" and VH1’s "Divas Live" with Aretha Franklin. She co­-choreographed VH1’s "Hip Hop Honors" ribute to Afrika Bambattaa and is a featured dance artist in the Smithsonian Museum's multimedia instillation, "Black Dance in the 20th Century". In addition to her performance career, Dina’s passion to inspire youth and future artists was emboldened her focus in the areas of dance education and teaching artistry. She starting her teaching career in Mexico City, New Mexico and between years 1999­2006, Dina served as Dance Program Director at Eastside Community High School as well as resident choreographer for Mindbuilders’ Creative Arts Center’outh theater company, Positive Youth Troupe. From 2003­2005 she served as guest lecturer for Lehman College's City and Humanities Dept. as well as lead teacher for NYCDOE's Summer Arts Institute in partnership with Roundabout Theatre. Dina currently sits on the faculty of Professional Performing Arts High School, Alvin Ailey’s Fordham BFA Program and on a volunteer team of master artists for Arts In Motion: Africa. In Fall, 2015 Dina along with Purelements Co­Executive Artistic Directors Kevin Joseph and Lakai Worrell were invited to facilitate the NYCDOE Professional Development Fall Session for 210 NYC Dance Educators which was included in the PBS documentary PS DANCE. In the Summer of 2015, Dina fused her passion for dance with civil activism when invited to join the Columbia University’s African American Policy Forum’s teaching staff to facilitate the 1st Annual Say Her Name:Breaking Silence Summer Camp led by Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw. Her most rewarding position to date is as founding member and Program Manager for Purelements’ Project AIRE arts ­in education program leading a team of 40 Teaching Artists and Art Educators inspiring upward of 10,000 NYC students per year.

 

Healing Movement Workshop:This course will ignite movement as a means of exploration and self-expression. Participants will use dance and music as a medium to engage in a collective thought-to-action process, as well as using art to invoke a profound impact and change via verbal and non-verbal communication.