Haitian dance

Sherley St. Fort - Haitian dance

Sherley St. Fort performs Haitian social dances zouk and compas before inviting the audience on stage. Photo: Dixie Sheridan

Sherley St. Fort grew up in Brooklyn, home to New York's largest Haitian community, where she danced Hatian social dances like compas, traditional folkloric forms and popular Caribbean dances like zouk. She is co-director of the Brooklyn-based Troupe Zetwal, which is Haitian Creole for 'stars.' In addition to performing and teaching dance for a Brooklyn after-school program, Sherley is working to establish a nonprofit organization to reinvigorate Haitian dance through youth development and community-based programs. Her classes are suitable for young and adult audiences. Live drumming can also be provided. La Troupe Zetwal is available for performances. Registry / Contact Info

Nadia Dieudonn� - Haitian folklore

Nadia Dieudonn� performs Haitian Kontre Dans with Feet of Rhythm. Photo: Etienne Frossard

Nadia Dieudonn� has a lifetime of experience in traditional Haitian dance. By the age of 12 years she was performing with the well known Haitian folk singer and activist Myriam Dorism�. Today, after more than 15 years of dancing, Nadia is regarded as one of the best Banda dancer's outside of Haiti. She regularly returns to the island where she attends various Lakous (rural communities that preserve and practice Vodou), deepening her skills and understanding of the traditional practice. In 1994, Nadia founded Feet of Rhythm Afro-Haitian Dance Company, which was created to preserve and promote the rich cultural traditions of Haiti. Feet of Rhythm has been featured at several venues within the US and abroad. Since 1995, through her creation of the Feet of Rhythm Kids Cultural Program & Dance Company, Nadia has taught Haitian music and dance in public schools, community based organizations, and daycare centers. Nadia has also conducted adult master classes at several prestigious institutions, including New York University, Lincoln Center, and the Katherine Dunham Dance Institute. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Dance Education at NYU. Classes focus on the folkloric repertoire of Haitian dance, and choreographed elements and movements of traditional dances, and live drumming is often used. Her dance ensemble is also available for performances. Registry / Contact Info