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.
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".
Ashley is stunning! She's also serving and slaying for runway and print. Rip it Ashley!
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.
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.
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!
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's 2015 graduation from Duke Law makes her one of our first lawyers!
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!
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!
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!
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!