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Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre & Dance

Michael Manswell

Michael ManswellEmaill:
Office Hours: By appointment
Rank: Adjunct Lecturer 
Degrees: B.F.A., Brooklyn College

Michael Manswell - Dancer, Singer, Choreographer, Teaching Artist, and Artistic Director - began his artistic life as a storyteller at Arts Festivals, winning many prizes and awards. He studied music with Lindy-Anne Bodden-Ritch, and at Brooklyn College with Tom Cultice. As a singer, he has toured Europe, the UK, and the Caribbean, and he has performed as a soloist in many productions of opera and oratorio, including Dido & Aeneas, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Messiah, Missa Criolla and Missa Luba. He studied dance at the Trinidad Dance Theater with Eugene Joseph, training in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom, and Folkloric styles. Michael worked with Geoffrey Holder on “Dougla II”, and “La Valse des Bakas” for TDT, and toured with the company in the USA and the Caribbean. A prolific choreographer, he has created many works currently in the repertoire of Something Positive, as well as “Once Upon this Island” (Packer Collegiate Inst), and “Belle” (Brooklyn College). An orisha devotee in the Yoruba religion (Trinidad & Tobago), Mr. Manswell presents lectures and workshops in dance, music, and traditional religious practice, and has worked closely with the Interfaith Center and the Caribbean Cultural Center in their programs. One of “Brooklyn’s Black Men of Distinction 2000” and one of Brooklyn’s Black Dance Kings (2010), Michael also teaches for Something Positive Inc., the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, the Brooklyn Arts Council the Caribbean Cultural Center.