ADJUDICATORS

Guest Adjudicator Candace Scarborough Headshot

Candace Scarborough

Candace Scarborough is a performer, choreographer, and teacher based in Baltimore, MD. She received a B.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park where she was a recipient of the Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship. She has performed with AndaryDance, Graham Brown, Denise Leitner, Helen Simoneau Danse, maree remalia-merrygogo and Ashley Thorndike-Youssef.  Candace is currently dancing for PearsonWidrig DanceTheater and Kendra Portier. Candace became a certified Gaga teacher in 2017 under the direction of Bosmat Nossan. She has taught Gaga classes classes in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas, London, Manchester, Tel Aviv, Toronto, and Atlanta. Candace’s choreography has been presented at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage, the Dance Exchange, Joe’s Movement Emporium, and Baltimore Theater Project.  In 2019 she received a Rubys Artist Grant to create velvet pony, in collaboration with Los Angeles-based performance artist Samantha Mohr and Philly-based musician Liz DeLise, which will premiere in June 2020.

Guest Adjudicator Rasta Thomas Headshot

Rasta Thomas

Rasta Thomas trained in martial arts and gymnastics before ballet. At the age of 13, he became a professional dancer with Le Jeune Ballet de France. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including Gold Medals from the Varna International Ballet Competition and Jackson International Ballet Competition. Additionally, he has danced at the Oscars, been in a GAP commercial, modeled for Capezio, starred on Broadway, performed at the White House, appeared on SYTYCD, made movie with Patrick Swayze, opened the special Olympics and guested with over 20 professional companies including the Kirov Ballet and American Ballet Theater. He has worked closely with such famed artists as Maya Plisetskaya, Tetsuya Kumakawa, Mikhail Baryshnikov and more. He held the position of resident director at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles and was the director of her summer programs in Atlanta and Detroit. He was the CEO and owner of Showbiz National Talent Competition and director and cofounder of TITANS of Dance. Additionally, he was the director and cofounder of City Dance’s DREAMScape an annual gala performance providing children with after school dance activities. In 2007 he created his dance company Bad Boys of Dance which went on to have international success with the hit show “Rock the Ballet”. He has also shared the stages with stars such as Elton John, Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and J Bavlin. He has been a dance educator to companies and schools around the world such as Acosta Danza, Broadway Dance Center, Cirque du Soleil and more. Today he continues to share his art as a dancer, director, producer, choreographer and teacher.

 

Guest Adjudicator Remi Harris Headshot

Remi Harris

Barbados-born and Brooklyn-bred, Remi Harris is a multidisciplinary artist and curator whose work explores the intersectionality between dance, new media and black female representation.

Under the umbrella dbr projects, her work manifests in forms of movement improvisation, choreography, site specific work, movement for video, installations, performance art, and art programming. Her projects have been featured at Abrons Art Center, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Danspace Project, Teatro La Tea, Triskelion Arts, The Actors Fund Theater, The Brick Theater, Thalian Hall, and several site specific areas in NYC. Her video and virtual reality work have been presented as part of the Spark Dance Film Festival, Triskelion Dance Film Festival, and the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington N.C. Past curatorial work includes the Adaptable Apple series with visual artist Michelle Golden),"fix yo' face" as part of Danspace Project's Food For Thought series and the 2019 Dance/NYC Symposium. She was previously the Education Coordinator of Ballet Hispanico, the School Administrator for Brooklyn Ballet, and the Co-Director of Brooklyn Studios for Dance. She advocates for equity of voice for artists of color as a member of the Artists of Color Council under Movement Research and the Dance Artists' National Collective. Remi is a Hofstra University graduate with a B.A. in Dance where she was on scholarship. She is currently the Programs Manager at CPR (Center for Performance Research) in Brooklyn, NY.

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