ARTISTIC CO-FOUNDERS


Charmaine Headley - BaKari I. Lindsay

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Charmaine Headley, a Trinidadian-Barbadian by birth and culture, is a co-founder, teacher and performer of COBA, Collective Of Black Artists. Charmaine is a graduate of School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the School of the Barbados Dance Theatre, where she went on to dance with the Barbados National Dance Theatre Company. She has performed extensively throughout Ontario, Winnipeg, Vancouver and the United States as a member of COBA and was a member of OMO Dance Co from 1996 to 2002. Her other independent ventures include b current's multi-disciplinary production "dark Diaspora...In dub" and "rock, paper sistahs. Mei'rim Dance Company; the Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprise and the Danny Grossman Dance Company along with film appearances in Seeking Salvation and The Feast of all Saints.

Charmaine's choreographic works to date include "BUSH BATH" in (1997); UNFINISHED SIN...4 ME (a tribute to a creative soul who was killed senselessly); REBIRTH in 1994;BEFORE MADNESS in 1993; JUSTIFY in 2000; INSPIRIT in 2001 and WASSUP in 2004. She also served as choreographer for the Inner Stage Theatre, Jobs Ontario Youth Program (JOY), Ache Women of Colour, Fresh Arts Youth Program and Usafiri Dance and Drum Ensemble where she also taught Caribbean Indigenous Folk and Contemporary dance. Mother of one, Charmaine is a certified Gerontologist, and has recently completed a Masters Degree in Dance Ethnology which has created a dance motivated programs for seniors.


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BaKari I. Lindsay was born on the sunny isle of Trinidad, West Indies. Perfecting his crafts for the past 27 years, BaKari is a dancer, choreographer, researcher, singer, musician, costume and designer/maker. He studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre on scholarship and with various teachers from the Caribbean and the African Continent. He holds a Masters Degree in Dance Ethnology, and Bachelors of Education degree from York University. Bakari developed a physical language for training in West African and Diasporic African dance culture entitled A-Feeree - The Physical Language. 

Co-founder of COBA (Collective Of Black Artists), BaKari has danced for Danny Grossman Dance Company, Artcho Danse Repertoire (Haiti), Jubilation Dance Co. (USA), Toronto Dance Theatre, National Dance Company of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), Les Enfants Dance Co (T&T), and several independent choreographers in Canada, United States and the Caribbean. He also appeared in the original performing cast of Canada's Production of Disney’s The Lion King. 

BaKari has choreographed works for Les Enfants Dance Co., Entre Duex, and The National Dance Company of T&T, while creating a body of work on COBA Collective Of Black Artists. He taught dance at National Cultural Foundation (Barbados), The National Dance Association (Trinidad and Tobago), Ryerson University, York University, Humber College, Lester B. Pearson School for the Performing Arts and for several dance schools, institutions and community groups nationally and internationally. BaKari's personal artistic vision is to develop a harmonious balance between artistic practice and traditional cultural values.


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