APRIL 7, MAY 5
Alexandria “Brinae Ali” Bradley
As performer and educator, Brinae Ali has collaborated with the Philadlephia Clef Club of Performing Arts, Flint Youth Theatre, Young Audiences of New Jersey, Queens College, Ping Chong and Company, New Jersey Performing Arts Center and was an Artist in Residence at the Carol Morgan School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University.
Internationally, Ali has traveled to and performed in France, Germany, Italy, China and Brazil. She travelled to Russia with a team of tap dancers for a tour in five cities, working with a U.S. Embassy cultural exchange program celebrating National Tap Dance Day. Her Broadway and off-Broadway experience gained her positions as Assistant Dance Captain for “Shuffle Along: the 1921 Sensation And All That Followed,” choreographed by Savion Glover and directed by George C. Wolfe; company member of New York and touring cast of STOMP; and “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope,” directed and choreographed by Savion Glover.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Adriana Ray has been performing professionally, choreographing, and teaching since 2007. She danced with Tapestry Dance Company, locally and internationally, over three seasons in several shows--Voices of Rhythm, Time, April Fools, and The Souls of Our Feet- A Celebration of American Tap Dance China Tour amongst others. She has also performed with companies including Tri-Tone Productions, Ballet Afrique Contemporary Ballet, Third Coast Contemporary, Sundays on Tap (VA) and as a soloist.
Adriana has taught for the Space City Tap Fest (Houston, TX), True Sound Rhythm Festival (Houston, TX), The Beat Dance Convention, Tap Love Tour, Beantown Tap Festival (Boston, MA), and in various dance studios and schools across the country, and she continues her own training at festivals, workshops, and in the studio each week. She is a Member of Texas Association Teachers of Dancing, and an alum of the Tap Program at the School at Jacob’s Pillow. Adriana holds a Masters of Arts Administration Degree and currently lives in Washington, DC where she dances with Sundays on Tap.
Baakari Wilder is internationally known for starring in the Broadway musical Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk. He received a Bessie Award for his performance, and later assumed the lead role for a year. At the age of twelve he opened the show at the Kennedy Center for a star-studded tap review that included the legendary Brenda Bufalino, Sandman Simms, Harold Nicholas, and Savion Glover. He was the first recipient of the Steve Condos Award, created by Lorraine Condos in honor of her late husband.
At sixteen Baakari became a member of Savion Glover’s tap group “Real Tap Skills”, consisting of three other tap dancers from the metropolitan area.
Baakari’s dancing has delighted audiences around the world in major venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and countries around the world--France, Africa, Brazil, Germany, and Japan. He appeared in Spike Lee's Bamboozled, the Discovery Channel’s “Time Warp”, and as a guest performer on FOX channel’s “So You Think You Can Dance”. Baakari holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Maryland College Park. He is the assistant Artistic Director of the Washington, D.C. based company Capitol Tap. Baakari was granted the Pola Nirenska Award for Achievement in Dance in 2014.