As a performer, I have traveled the world at the invitation of various countries to showcase cultural artistic expressions that can only be displayed through dance. I was most fortunate to receive two leading roles in the Los Angeles production of The Chocolate Nutcracker, which starred a young Misty Copeland as Clara (American Ballet Theater’s first African-American principal ballerina) and was co-starred, choreographed, and directed by the incomparable Debbie Allen. The Chocolate Nutcracker explores a proud cultural heritage through dance, rhythms, narration and drama, while adding a modern twist to an ageold holiday classic. My experience with The Chocolate Nutcracker inspired me to imagine my own vision of this spectacular production that would explore the cultural heritage of the wonderful city of Houston; affectionately titled, Houston’s Urban Nutcracker.
The Lab Performing Arts Initiative is a 501C 3 non-profit organization designed to enrich the lives of young people through the performing arts with an emphasis on dance. Our mission is to cultivate and educate new generations of life-long dancers and arts advocates.