Tonight on The Kiner Hour Radio Show, Special Guest, Laurie M. Taylor, Professional Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Director, and Entrepreneur Plus, a discussion about the business of dance, and how dancers/dance companies can leverage business practices, and social media marketing to build long-term success!!
Laurie M. Taylor is a dancer/choreographer in New York City. She has performed in works by master artists such as Milton Myers of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Helen Jones of the Toronto Dance Theater, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women Dance. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Howard University, a Dance Minor and a Certificate of Dance Training from the Ballet Creole School of Performing Arts in Canada. Laurie is a member of Nicholas Leichter Dance, Francine E.Ott/The Walk and has performed with an array of music and dance artists from around the globe. Laurie’s choreographic essence focuses on musicality, spiritual and physical honesty and has led her to create works for Darin Atwater’s “Soulful Symphony,” The Olatuja Project, DUMBO Dance Festival and many more. Following a series of residencies at New York University, University of Minnesota and Queensborough College, she has begun sharing her knowledge of dance as an adjunct professor at Lehman College in New York this fall. Laurie is also the CEO and Artistic Director of Soul Movement Productions, a dance company and arts consulting firm.
As CEO of Soul Movement Productions (SMP), Laurie works tirelessly towards revamping and inspiring new models of self-produced contemporary dance projects OUTSIDE of the traditional funding and systemic status quo of the dance world. SMP has propelled her and many others to be a catalyst for change in producing work that speaks to this.
Ashani Mfuko is a Social Media Strategist, Digital Marketing Specialist, Award-Winning Blogger, and Professional Dancer. Ashani works with small businesses, corporations, & non-profit organizations as a Social Media Strategist and Digital Marketing Specialist. She creates results-driven, innovative social media strategies that are proven to increase your revenue and catapult your brand to expert status in your niche! She has an extensive track record of creating and implementing successful social media strategies for her clients.
She is also the Host and Executive Producer of the “Inside New York City Dance” television show on MNN, and is a proud wife and new mom.
Ashani has been featured in Dance Magazine, as a “Media Maven”, as well as in Dance Mogul magazine, Inside Woman magazine, & Dance Studio Life magazine, in addition to various dance blogs online. She is the author and creator of the, “Finance Your Dance: How To Turn Your Passion Into Profit“ e-book and workshop, and her dance blog won the Reader’s Choice, “Top Dance Business Blog” of the year award, two years in a row. She is a leader in the field of social media and digital marketing, and is highly sought after as a dance performer and dance teacher in the New York City dance community. Ashani is on staff at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, and teaches Advanced Jazz classes for their Jazz & Contemporary program & Ballet program.