DANCE GRENADA TEAM
THE DANCE GRENADA CORE OF ARTIST WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AMONGST SOME OF THE FINEST DANCERS IN THE CARIBBEAN AMERICAN CIRCUIT. AMONGST THIS TEAM ARE ALSO WORKING PROFESSIONALS WHO HAVE COME TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS FESTIVAL COME TO LIFE!
SHOLA K. ROBERTS
FOUNDER/ EXEC. DIRECTOR
Shola K. Roberts is an international performing professional dancer, dance educator, choreographer and fitness instructor based in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2019, Shola was selected as one of the eight candidates to pursue her Doctoral degree in Dance Education at Columbia University.
Shola attended Howard University and earned her BFA in Dance and Caribbean Studies. She was apart of the last graduating class that studied under the tutelage of the late Dr. Sherrill Berryman Johnson. She currently serves as the Dance Educator and Arts Liason for MS 354- School of Integrated Learning in the Crown Heights region of Brooklyn.
Shola, is a proud Grenadian American
AKILAH S. PASCALL
Akilah S. Pascall, Brooklyn-born native by way of Grenada started dancing at the age of three with Creative Dance Theater of Brooklyn. She received fundamental training on Ballet, African, Modern, Hip Hop and Jazz dance. At the age of 10 she migrated to Grenada where she continued her passion for dance by joining the Conception Dance theater and vocal lessons with Valerie Daniel.
She’s currently a Registered Nurse and a Singer-Songwriter. Akilah continues to grow and develop in her love for the Arts by continuing her vocal lessons with Dakota McLeod, Vocalist of the St. Felix St. band specializing on Motown classes and dance classes with founder of the Sholabare experience, Shola K. Roberts. She’s recently started an E-commerce business and is excited to be the Merchandise Manager for the Dance Grenada Festival.
Mechanikool has been a keen student of the art of popping for 20 years. He specialises in Popping (and associate styles), Boogaloo, Animation, Waving and gliding.
He is a two time UK Popping champion in 2006 & 2011. And has many competitions over his time. However Mechanikool is more passion in sharing and teaching the culture of Popping to anyone who is willing to learn. He has taught all over the UK and all over Europe including Switzerland, France, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Sicily, Poland, Lithuania and many other countries. He has judged many competitions both nationally and internationally included the much respected Hip Hop International World Finals held in USA.
Mechanikool has a dynamic and engaging way of teaching and is extremely excited to bring the knowledge of Popping to Grenada for the first time!
Laureen Redhead is a blossoming entrepreneur who recently returned to Grenada, after
spending over 18 years in the US.
She is a blogger, freelance social media/marketing manager, copywriter, and an event planner.
Dance is an art form she is passionate about. Growing up, she was a member of the Grenada
School of Dance, which was her first introduction to the arts. It’s still one of her first love. She
also enjoys storytelling through her writing, exploring nature, photography, and social events.
Laureen is ecstatic to be part of the Dance Grenada’s 2020 Journey
Melissa Noel is an award-winning multimedia journalist, television host, and media
entrepreneur. She brings stories to international audiences with a lens on culture,
travel, social issues, and business.
Melissa’s commitment to bringing attention to the often-underreported stories has
earned her accolades including the global media award for excellence in reporting
from the International Labour Organization; being named a 30 under 30 Caribbean
American emerging leader by the institute for Caribbean studies and a 2018 salute
to excellence award in digital reporting from the National Association of Black
OTIS DONOVAN HERRING
OTIS DONOVAN HERRING is a native of College Park,Georgia, USA. He received his training and BFA from Howard University in Washington, D.C. under the late Dr. Sherrill Berryman Johnson. While there, he had the privilege to perform with Kankouran West African Dance Company, and works by many other notable artists and choreographers. He later moved to Brooklyn, New York to dance with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and other distinguished companies and choreographers from 2007-2013. Mr. Herring was the assistant to the choreographer on Broadway's "A Streetcar Named Desire," and has been a part of developmental workshops for original musicals.
FESTIVAL LEAD ARTIST
Qarrianne Blayr is from Fayetteville, North Carolina. She earned her BFA degree at Howard University, under the tutelage of Dr. Sherrill Berryman-Johnson, Pat Thomas, Sandra Fortune-Green, Katherine Smith, Akua Kouyate and Assane Konte, and studied traditional Jamaican dance at the University of West Indies - Mona.
Ms. Blayr joined the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s professional group in 2012 after having performed for two seasons in DCDC2, the company’s pre-professional ensemble.
She is most inspired by the study of spirituality, human nature, and Traditional/ social dances of people of African lineage, and uses these ideas to guide her creative process. She has choreographed works for DCDC, DCDC2, musical productions at The University of Dayton and Central State University, and the traditional Kazakh dance ensemble Kazyna Dance Company. She has also performed around the world including Kazakhstan, Russia and China.
Ms. Blayr remains a performing artist with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and was named Associate Artistic Director in 2019.
MIKAEL E. LaROCHE
Currently A Creative Services Manager in Washington DC, Trinidadian Born - Howard Alumnus serves as the Creative on staff.
FESTIVAL LEAD ARTIST
Her love for dance began dance at age six, when she enrolled with the Grenada School of Dance where her skills in modern dance and Grenadian folk dance were developed under Mrs. Cheryl Barnabe- Bishop. At the Grenada School of Dance, Cecilia toured regionally and internationally including CARIFESTA 1992 in Trinidad and Tobago and, as part of a small cast that toured the east coast of the U.S. along with the National Folk Group in 1998.
She later joined the Choremi School of Dance where she spent two years developing new skills in Ballet and Jazz.
In 2004, she attended the UWI, Mona where she pursued a B.A in Humanities and Education with a dance major, a joint program with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) and Graduated with first class honours.