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 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 OCT VS High School, in Toms River, NJ and multiple private dance studios within Prince George’s County, MD. Erica Rae has presented choreography as a part of Connecting Vibes USA & UK Educational and Performance Dance Company, in St. George’s, Grenada and was selected as a 2018 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 operating 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.
Shatiea Blount is the Administrative Director of Raediant Movement LLC. She has a Masters of Social Work degree and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C), Certified Professional Coach (CPC), and has been a Raediant Movement Training to Stage student since 2017. She has over 10 years of experience providing, event planning, strategic planning, and consultative support individuals, non-profits and local businesses alike. Shatiea oversees the administrative and managerial responsibilities of the company. She is also a dancer, serves as a rehearsal director and a production manager.