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Danielle Brown, Ph.D., Lead Instructor

Danielle Brown is an artist-scholar and founder of My People Tell Stories, LLC. Her scholarly and artistic works are based on the premise that people of color in particular, and marginalized people in general, need to tell and interpret their own stories. Brown earned a doctorate in Music from NYU with a concentration in ethnomusicology and specialization in the music of Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work uses the arts to educate people on the history and culture of the African diaspora paying special attention to the Caribbean and its diaspora.

Brown’s research has focused mostly on parang music in Trinidad, traditional and popular music in Cuba and Puerto Rico, and the intersection of music, spirituality, and healing. Brown is a former Assistant Professor of Music History and Cultures at Syracuse University, and has lectured at various colleges and universities. She has worked with elementary, middle, and high school students, and is certified in the Kodály method. Brown offers diversity education to music teachers and others seeking to dismantle the effects of systemic racism in the field of music. She is an active vocalist and cuatro player, and composes and performs jazz and Latin American and Caribbean-based music. Brown is author of the music-centered ethnographic memoir, East of Flatbush, North of Love: An Ethnography of Home. A musical adaptation of the book, sponsored in part by the Brooklyn Arts Council, premiered at Medgar Evers College in 2017.

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Goussy Célestin, Dance Instructor

Goussy is a dancer, pianist, composer, teacher, and vocalist who has performed for the last two decades for audiences locally, nationally and in Cuba, England, Haiti, Wales, and Japan. She is a faculty member for the Middle School Jazz Academy and WeBop programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is also a member of Retumba, an all-female music and dance ensemble dedicated to the afro-diaspora cultures in the Caribbean and Latin America. Goussy's current mission is integrating all of her disciplines in her project, Ayiti Brass, incorporating elements of traditional Haitian folklore and New Orleans street beat. Goussy is also a proud mom to her 5-year old and 8-year old sons, who give her a bigger workout than all her dancing and traveling combined!


Hansell Echualaibode, Dance Instructor

Hansell Echualaibode grew up in Havana, Cuba. For more than five years he studied at the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba, where he studied Yoruba, Palo, Abakua, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, and Son. Former principal dancer for the Compañía de Danzas Tradicionales de Cuba JJ for over ten years, Hansell proudly brings his heritage and dance experience to his students around the world.



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Zane Rodulfo, Percussion Instructor

Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Zane Rodulfo began studying and performing music at an early age. He completed graduate work in Jazz Studies at New York University and holds Bachelor of Music degrees in both Jazz Performance and Ethnomusicology from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Zane has opened for acclaimed musicians such as Stevie Wonder and has share the stage with award-winning musicians such as Nicholas Payton, Brian Lynch, the legendary Barry Harris, and Wess Anderson. He has performed at notable venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Blue Note. Zane released his debut EP ‘Pathways’ in 2016 on his label Lavway Music.