RAEDIANT MOVEMENT

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Erica ‘Rae’ Smith, is the Founder and Artistic Director of Raediant Movement, LLC.  Erica is a Philadelphia native, who received her B.F.A in Modern Dance from The University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, PA and has worked as a dancer with dance companies such as New LeJa Dances, Mahogany Dance Theatre, Tania Isaac Dance, Valerie Branch Dance Ensemble and Lesole's Dance Project. Erica has trained in many styles of dance ranging from Ballet, Modern, and Jazz to South African and Jamaican Dancehall. She was an instructor with the Dance Institute of Washington’s Education and Outreach Program, a Resident Artist at OCTVS High School, in Toms River, NJ , THE REACH at The Kennedy Center, and multiple private dance studios within Prince George’s County, MD. Erica Rae has presented choreography, at the Howard Theatre, DC Dance Summit, Art All Night DC, DanceFlux at The Clarice Performing Arts Center, and as a part of Connecting Vibes USA & UK Educational and Performance Dance Company, in St. George’s, Grenada. In 2018 she was selected to be a recipient of The John F. Kennedy Center, Local Dance Commission Project. Erica began Raediant Movement, as a traveling dance workshop, with the intent to connect and advocate for the inclusion of Jamaican Dancehall, and other dances of the African Diaspora in her local dance community, by providing workshops, lectures, and classes in both Philadelphia, Tri-State & The DC Metro Areas . Since that time Raediant Movement, LLC  now operates as a dance company hosting dance classes, events and performances across the Washington, DC Metro area and now virtually. Erica serves as the choreographer, instructor, rehearsal director, production manager and dancer within Raedient Movement, LLC.  

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Shatiea Blount is the Administrative Director and co-owner of Raediant Movement LLC. She joined Raediant Movement’s Training to Stage program in 2017 and became a full dance company member in 2021.  Prior to joining Raediant Movement, Shatiea served as drummer and board member with Lesole’s Dance Project, a South African dance and drumming company. Prior to any formal dance involvement, Shatiea enjoyed the social dance scene, particularly Dancehall and other African diasporic social dance forms. Currently, Shatiea oversees the administrative and managerial responsibilities of Raediant Movement. Wearing many hats, she performs, serves as a rehearsal director, and a production manager for the company.

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Jessica “Jessi Love'' Rivera, was born and raised in the Bronx in New York City. She developed a passion for dance during early childhood years, and trained with Vickie Sheer Dance Company.  Jessi Love performed at local community centers and at Carnegie Hall. During college, she enrolled in modern and jazz dance classes. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education and is an elementary school teacher. Jessi Love enjoys the adrenaline rush of dancing and choreographs dance performances with her students. She is presently a Raediant Movement company member, embracing moving to the rhythm of Dancehall and Afrobeats.