About Us

Mission Statement | Artistic Statement | Background | Staff & Board | Cultivating the Future


Staff
Enrique Cruz DeJesus —
Artistic Director

Dolores Vanison-Blakely —
Executive Director

Donna Clark —
Associate Director

Board Members
Paul Kwame Johnson
Coran James
Dolores Vanison-Blakely
Enrique Cruz DeJesus
Lloyd Haber
Ulysses R. Kilgore, III

Mission Statement
Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company creates, performs and educates through the art of dance. We explore, celebrate and provoke thoughts while connecting cultures and bridging audiences to contribute to life’s infinite expressions.

Artistic Statement
Artistic Director, Enrique Cruz DeJesus

“My vision and inspiration comes from life’s interactions to find what binds us. I thrive on mixing popular with traditional styles and challenging cultural expectations. This allows me to deconstruct or blend movements to affirm new expressions that explore and celebrate the similarities of our human core.”

Background
Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company was founded in 1972 by Ronn Pratt, Dolores Vanison-Blakley, and Miriam Greaves to provide a platform for minority dancers and choreographers. A creative venue for artists and a safe haven for inner city youth it has served thousands for over four decades.

Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company continues to build audiences through delivering performances that are energetic, uplifting, cultural, passionate and all around entertaining experiences. We serve communities through outreach programs and performances, and educate youth with programs that serve as a positive social outlet as well as a forum for those interested in a professional career. The main techniques employed are modern but the richness in background is such that the audience is treated to many different styles and influences. The dances range from urban life to that of tribal influence and from the abstract to the dramatic.

Alpha Omega’s performance history includes local, national and international engagements at venues such as Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Series and Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian Institute, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Queens Theater on the Park, CityParks SummerStage, Harlem Stage, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 92nd Street Y, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Here Arts Center, WOW Café, Lehman College, SUNY Sullivan, Florida A&M University, Art and Culture Center for Hollywood Florida, King Arts Complex in Columbus Ohio, and a tour of southern Italy under the auspice of dance mobile.

Alpha Omega has also participated in various festivals including Dancer’s Responding to Aids, Women in Dance at DTW, Fiorello Festival Dance Now at LaGuardia Concert Hall, Charlotte Dance Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Dance Theater of Harlem’s street festival and open house series, Fourth Arts Block street festival, DCA’s Midday Series, Nu Dance Now festival and the NY Family Arts Festival at the Theatre of Riverside Church, Brooklyn Dance Festival, Dance Harlem, and the winter and summer dance mobile series.