DBDT II

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DBDT II Dancers

  • [headshot]Jonathan Langley
  • [headshot]Kayah Franklin
  • [headshot]Laura Freiburg
  • [headshot]Kimara Wood
  • [headshot]Brandi Jelks
  • [headshot]Jasmine White-Killins
  • [headshot]Daijhia Kirk
  • [headshot]Mykal Stromile
  • [headshot]Walter Filmore IV
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    JONATHAN LANGLEY

    J. Alexander Langley began his training at the Dallas Black Dance Academy before going on to graduate from the Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School in Dallas, TX. Currently in his second season with the Dallas Black Dance Theater II, and has also performed with the Bruce Wood Dance Project, Texas Dance Theater, and the Mary Kay Summer seminars. Mr. Langley has performed works of such choreographers as Nycole Ray, Kate Skarpetowska, and Kiesha Lalama-White, Milton Myers, and Zach Ingram to name a few. He studied dance at Point Park University, where he focused on ballet and jazz dance styles as well as at Texas Woman’s University.
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    KAYAH FRANKLIN

    A native of Sacramento, California, Ms. Franklin received her BFA in Dance Arts from Howard University under the tutelage of Dr. Sherrill Berryman- Johnson and Pat Thomas. Ms. Franklin has studied with The Maryland Youth Ballet, The Dance Institute of Washington, Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. She has performed original works by choreographers such as Hope Boykin, Ray Mercer, Baba Chuck Davis and Darrell Moultrie, and also as a guest artist with Kankouran West African Dance Company. Ms. Franklin has performed in Fame: A Stage Play (The Life Center, MD) and FLY (Dallas Theater Center, TX) and is in her second season with Dallas Black Dance Theater II.
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    LAURA FREIBURG

    Laura Freiburg is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. Laura continued to further her dance education at the American Dance Festivals’ summer program at Duke University. She is currently a dance instructor with the Dallas Youth Repertory Project, Big Thought’s outreach program, and Dallas Power House of Dance. She has performed works choreographed by Milton Myers, Zach Ingram, Baba Chuck Davis and Diane Maroney-Grigsby. She is proud to be in her second season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II and hopes to continue teaching, performing, mentoring and developing a strong faith in the Lord through the art of dance.
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    KIMARA WOOD

    Kimara recieved his BFA in Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has performed at the historical Warner Theatre in Washington DC, where he won a dance scholarship through the Washington Post’s Music and Dance Scholarship Awards, in 2007, hosted by Jim Vance and Jazmine Guy. He appeared on the hit TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” making it all the way to Las Vegas in 2009. He has recently studied Brazilian Martial Arts, Capoeira, under Meistre Panao. His future aspirations are to open a studio in Japan, and to create genre of dance combining modern and Hip-hop. This is Kimara’s first season as a proud member of Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.
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    BRANDI JELKSR

    Originally from Monroe, Louisana Brandi began dancing at Linda Lavender School of Dance and was invited by John Magnus of the Joffrey Ballet to attend the summer intensive. A graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, she also studied under Netherlands Dance Theater dancer Fionna Lummis and original Alvin Ailey and Lester Horton dancer Don Martin. She was also a student of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy Summer Intensive, Bolshoi Summer Intensive, Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive Professional Dance Workshop. Upon graduating high school she went on to be a part of the fellowship program at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
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    JASMINE WHITE-KILLINS

    Jasmine White-Killins is a May 2013 honors graduate from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance. Jasmine was a honors graduate of the School For Creative and Performing Arts in 2009 in Cincinnati Ohio. Jasmine is a three time fellowship recipient of the Alvin Ailey School in 2008, 2009, 2010, a summer 2011 scholarship recipient at San Francisco Conservatory, and winter-intensive scholarship recipient of the Martha Graham School in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Jasmine has also studied at Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Theater, and Dallas Black summer intensives. Jasmine starred in a T.V. show from 2009–2010 called “Taking the Stage” as a ballerina where it entailed her life as a dancer. Jasmine has had the opportunity to be cast as a soloist for outstanding choreographers such as, Joost Vrouenrats, Robert Battle, Jessica Lang, Cheryl Chaddick, Maxx Stone, Bill Soleau, Darrell Moultrie, Kirven Boyd, Troy Powell, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Darryl Bjoza, and the ballet “Serenade” choreographed by George Balanchine, staged by Leslie Peck. This marks Jasmine’s first season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.
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    DAIJHIA KIRK

    A Dallas native, Daijhia Kirk is in her third season with DBDT II. She is a graduate of Garland High School and is currently a student at Richland College receiving her Associate in Arts degree. She began her training at the Dallas Black Dance Academy and received additional training from The Ailey Summer Intensive and the Sister Act Dance Studio. She has performedin multiple International Association of Blacks in Dance conferences; two including Los Angeles, CA in 2011 and Washington, DC in 2013. She also performed in Miami, FL for the FedEx Orange Bowl Halftime show in 2010. Her dance career consists of training with and attending workshops by Christopher L. Huggins, Melissa M. Young, Nycole Ray, Allyne D. Gartrell, Milton Myers, Mary Barnett, Dr. Chuck Davis, Camille A. Brown, Chris Judd, Elena Comendador, Dudley Williams, Jamal Story, Diane Grisby, Dr. Mel Tomlinson, Ana Marie Forsythe, Kevin L. Predmore, Joan Peters, Bruce Wood, and Zachary Ingram just to name a few.
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    MYKAL STROMILE

    As a Dallas native, Mykal has training from the Etgen-Atkinson School of Ballet (Dallas Metropolitan Ballet), Dallas Ballet Center, and Deeply Rooted Dance Productions in Chicago, Ballet Academy of Texas, and Happy Nia Dance Theater, where he served as the principal dancer for five years. Mykal has had the opportunity to attend The Juilliard School Summer Dance Intensive as well as the Cedar Lake Ballet Summer Intensive. In addition, Mykal has also worked with choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Jessica Lang, Juel D. Lane, and Milton Myers, just to name a few. Mykal is a 2011 recipient of the Texas Young Masters award as well as a 2014 Young Arts finalist in dance and will attend The Juilliard School in the fall; he is now in his fifth season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.
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    WALTER FILMORE IV

    Walter Filmore IV is a native of New Brunswick, New Jersey, but spent most of his years in Arlington, Texas. A graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelors degree in Risk Management and Insurance, Walter has received training from the Dallas Black Dance Academy as well as the Dallas Black Dance Theatre Summer Intensives, while training under the mentorship of Dr. Mel Tomlinson. This Marks his first season as an apprentice with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.