Youth Teachers 2017-09-12T10:39:39+00:00
Goussy Celestin

About Goussy Célestin

Deemed a “Renaissance Woman”, in the New York Times, Brooklyn born Haitian-American artist Goussy Célestin interchanges the roles of pianist, composer, vocalist, dancer, and arranger with ease. Goussy is proud to join Cumbe’s dance faculty as Creative Movement teacher for Cumbe’s youngest dancers!

Goussy has performed for the last two decades for audiences locally, nationally and in Cuba, England, Haiti, Wales, and Japan. A graduate of a prestigious music and arts high school in New York City, Goussy continued her studies with such esteemed artists as, Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, Donald Byrd, Barry Harris, Jaki Byard and Sheila Jordan. Goussy’s current mission is integrating all of her disciplines in her upcoming project, incorporating elements of traditional Haitian folklore and Jazz. As an educator, Goussy’s teaching spans 2 decades teaching both music and dance. She has taught at Mark Morris Dance school, for various programs in the city, and holds community dance classes at Project Life Centerr, a women’s center in Queens. Currently, Goussy is a faculty member for the Middle School Jazz Academy and WeBop programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is also mother to two young boys, ages 4yr and 7yr – what she calls her “greatest creative compositions”. Goussy Célestin is a recipient of The Field Artist Fellowship and is also a Create Change fellow with The Laundromat Project.

About Pena Verde

Pena Verde is from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.  He started playing Capoeira when he was 15 years old with Mestre Sabia, the coordinator of The Association of Ginga Mundo Capoeira.  Pena has been teaching Capoeira for over 10 years.  He has taught Capoeira classes to children and adults in Salvador, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; Berlin, Germany; and Paris, France.  Currently, he teaches Capoeira to children in New York City, at Community Roots Charter School, Katmint Learning Initiative and Brooklyn East Collegiate Middle School.  He has also taught at Essex Street Academy High School, Bronx International High School, P.S. 372-the Children’s School, P.S. 11, Brooklyn Friends School, Music Time Kids, and the Tribeca Community School.  Pena believes that Capoeira has been responsible for transforming the lives of people all over the world.   For this reason, he is thankful for the opportunity to teach Capoeira in New York City.  

About Johari Mayfield

Ms Johari: Johari Mayfield’s passion for movement began in an after school program while learning to double dutch. She began her dance training at the age of ten, eventually studying under the tutelage of acclaimed ballet dancer Sylvester Campbell, and upon graduation received a full scholarship to the prestigious Ailey School. She teaches a wide range of classes for children, including  creative movement, ballet, and hip hop and uses her dance theater background to enhance the mind/body connection that is instrumental in maximizing each student’s potential. She has 20 years’ experience as a working dancer and 15 years’ experience as a choreographer.