ESOTA
Edge School of the Arts
217-12 Merrick Boulevard
Laurelton, Queens 11413
718.527.2011
Enjoying our 3rd decade of dance
Season 22

ESOTA

Edge School of the Arts
217-12 Merrick Boulevard
Laurelton, Queens 11413
718.527.2011

OUR STUDENTS & ALUMNI

Over the last 20 years, ESOTA students and alumni have had some spectacular accomplishments. Below are just a few. We'll be adding to the list all year long as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. So check back frequently to see what our kids have been up to. They're certainly doing their part to continue the legacy! ESOTA Alumni, do you have some amazing achievements you'd like us to know about? Shoot an email to [email protected] and let us know what you've been up to. You may find yourself in the spotlight some time this Season.

David "Sincere" Aiken

David "Sincere" Aiken won his first leading role at age 8, when he played young Jay Z in music video, "Wishing on a Star". He was the founder of the hip-hop dance company Queenz Finest who performed internationally and made televised appearances on BET's "106 N' Park", NBC's "Showtime at the Apollo", and TV2's "Good Morning Denmark". He's worked with recording artists such as Beyonce' Knowles, Chris Brown, Lil Mama, Adam Lambert, Wayne Brady and Ashanti to name a few. He also appeared on MTV's MADE as a coach for the Majestic Dance Crew who auditioned for America's Best Dance Crew. Most recently, Sincere was one of the choreographers of Lil Mama's "Sausage" video. Check it out below! He's one of the most talented up-and-coming choreographers we know. And when he's not on the road working his hustle, he never forgets to come home and give back to the students of ESOTA.

Danielle Glover

After graduating from ESOTA, Danielle received her B.F.A. in dance from Howard University. She worked with Louis Johnson, Dianne McIntrye, Kevin Iega Jeff and Ronald K. Brown while under the mentorship of Dr. Sherrill Berryman. After college, Danielle danced with such reknowed dance companies as Dallas Black Dance and Philedanco. She is just about to begin her first season with Step Afrika!. Danielle is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a welcome guest on ESOTA's stage where she's made memorable turns as Captain Hook in "Peter Pan" and The Wicked Witch in "Land of Oz".

Shakira Marshall

Cambria Heights native Shakira Marshall is a graduate of St. John’s Preparatory School and SUNY Purchase. After graduating, Shakira took to the stage, performing as a member of KECDE and Queenz Finest, and she made her off-Broadway debut in Scandalous People, choreographed by Obediah Wright. She has performed on stage and in music videos with artists such as Machel Montano, Sean Paul, Elephant Man, Eve, and N*E*R*D. Shakira made her Broadway debut at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in the hit musical FELA!  Shakira is currently touring the world as a choreographer, dancer and background singer for the one and only Miss Laurn Hill! Check her out!

Dougie Baldeo

Douglas Baldeo is a 10 year old fourth grade student at Ballet Tech where he in on a full scholarship learning classical ballet under the tutelage of Elliot Feld.  He is currently a member of the cast of the award winning Broadway Show "Kinky Boots". His credits include an appearance as a featured dancer in “Cinderella and The Prince who Slayed the Magic Dragon” performed at Lincoln Center.

Douglas has also made a name for himself at various dance competitions.  In May of 2013 he was crowned “ American Young Dancer of the Year” at the American Dance Awards, and placed 1st  out of 50 entries in the junior division.  At the Groove Dance Competition his solo pieces placed 1st, 2nd and 6th place out of 100 junior entries.  He received special recognition from the judges and was given the “ performance Beyond Your Years Award”.  At the National Starbound Competition, one of the leading and most celebrated dance competitions for children in the U.S. he was crowned Mr. Junior Starbound for 2013, and won the first and second places for his entries out of approximately 200 Junior entries.  At Starbound he also won the photogenic award for 2011 and 2012 and is proudly featured on the back cover of their national journal.  He was recently named “Star of the Month” for Interface Talent, a national talent agency.

In addition to his dancing career, Douglas is also featured in a national ad for AT&T, has made appearances on the Michel J. Fox show; Teenage Ninja Turtle; and The Other Woman and is also featured in the latest Wyclef Jean’s music video.

Ashley Mingot

Ashley is stunning! She's also serving and slaying for runway and print. Rip it Ashley!

Chane Valls

Gorgeous inside and out, Chane got her modeling start in BET's Rip the Runway. She's now featured in national campaigns for the likes of Ashley Stewart. Amazingly, the fashion industry considers Chane "plus size". She looks just perfect to us! But the struggle is real. Check Chane out in the video below.

Amber Mackie

Before Amber graduated from Florida A & M University, she was already bringing home awards. As the recipient of a College Television Award from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (the folks who hand out the Emmys), she's on the path to greatness. Amber's currently a Production Coordinator at Revolt TV, and we hear she's keeping Diddy in check! For now, she's doing her thing behind the scenes. But we think she's camera ready. Check her out representing our JCAL Summer Intensive in this piece with Cheryl Wills of NY1.

Melanie Collier Lodge

Ever since graduating from Fordham University with a BS in Communication and Media Studies, Melanie's been making television.  She's produced programs for such major networks as Logo, OWN, Al Jazeera, Vh1 and TLC. Despite the glitz and glam of her profession, Melanie's greatest production is her little man Collier Dash Lodge. Yes, Melle's a Mommy!

Ayana Cole

With Ayana as a student at Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, we know we'll have our first Doctor very soon! Not only is Ayana an academic achiever, she's also socially conscious. She's traveled to Africa to serve the underprivileged youth of that nation. She's also the founder of Empower My Hood, a program that helps young adults through the college application process. Way to go Ayana!

Nichole Davis

Nichole's 2015 graduation from Duke Law makes her one of our first lawyers!

Janai Jackson

Janai's 2015 graduation from Touro College Law School makes her one of our first lawyers!

Tracy Ann Simmonds

Tracy Ann Simmonds is still expressing her artistry, but she's moved behind the lens of a camera. As the Founder and artistic vision behind IABTA (Innovative Arts by Tracy Ann), her tag line is "Your stories. My lens." Based in Miami, she photographs fashion, events, weddings, and her scenic surroundings. We think she looks pretty good in FRONT of the camera too!

Brittany Wilson

Brittany Wilson is a graduate of Lehman College with a B.A in Dance and B.S in Exercise Science. Since graduation, she's been working as a physical therapist aide, even did an  internship at Alvin Ailey, as she planned to pursue her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in the coming years. But those plans may soon change as she just recently was accepted into Queens College's Masters program for Nutrition and Exercise Science! All this while pursuing her dance dreams as a choreographer for the Herbert H. Dance Company, and teacher at ESOTA. No matter which path Brittany decides to follow, we know her Tiny Tots will be proud! What an amazing role model for the kids.

Jenae German Duncan

Jenae received her Associates of Science with a major in Nursing and a minor in Administration. And she is currently attending Chamberlain College of Nursing. But dance is in her blood! And in her spare time, she is the owner and Artistic Director of Jenae's Dance Experience in Conyers, Georgia. The school has been in business for five years, and she just moved moved from a shared space into her very own studio. Way to continue the legacy Jenae!

Deriece Bennett

After receiving a BA in Political Science from Morgan State University, Deriece earned her Masters in Public Administration from Bowie State University. She is currently the Vice President, Government Affairs for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce where she is responsible for identifying, tracking and advocating issues and legislation which are of interest to the Maryland business community. Prior to this she spent 6 years as the Executive Director of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. She also worked for the Maryland General Assembly. She holds numerous honors and awards including the Daily Record's Leading Women in Maryland Award in 2011, and the Top 40 Under 40 Award from Prince Georges County's Social Innovation Fund in 2014. Power player! Watch out for Deriece.

Serge Desroches Jr.

A graduate of LaGuardia High School of Music and the Performing Arts and SUNY Purchase, Serge has taken his talents overseas and is currently appearing in "The Lion King" in Hamburg, Germany.

Anastasia Corker

A graduate of Frank Sinatra High School, and a 2014 graduate of the Ailey School Certificate Program, Anastasia just booked her first professional gig! She's off to Berlin, Germany for 7 months and will be performing on the cruise ship Mein Schiff 2. We could not be more proud!

Krystal Mackie

LaGuardia High School graduate Krystal Mackie is just entering her Senior year as a dance major at North Carolina School of the Arts. But she's already shared the stage with the best of Broadway. This summer, Krystal had the privilege of joining the ensemble of George Faison's Summerstage celebration of the 40th Anniversary of "The Wiz". And Krystal was right in the eye of the storm. Congrats middle Mackie!