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DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #15
LUCA OCCELLI
Metaphysical Counselor
London, UK and Italy

For his 15th interview, David speaks with Luca Occelli for the second time. Luca is a Metaphysical Counselor based in London, United Kingdom who works there, and in his country of origin, Italy.

During this discussion, Luca gives clarity on the definition of reality, its relationship to consciousness and how it plays out with the individual, the group and the community. He also gives us insight on the nature of resilience, where it comes from and is formed and how it works to create a "better" life and existence for us.

I hope you enjoy the conversation!

From Luca's Website:

https://www.lucaoccelli.com

Here are the main events that lead me to be doing what I do…

I grew up in a small village in the north of Italy. At the age of 20, I went to London to learn English. I very much liked it and stayed there. My life was never perfect for various reasons. I was curious by nature and liked to try new things. My family situation was not a very happy one so I started to drink and experiment with drugs quite regularly.

My mother was addicted to antidepressants and to alcohol. She was very depressed and once told me that her biggest wish was to die. It shattered the perspective I had about my life and future, I became fragile and depressed too. At the young age of 47, she died without having to commit suicide.

That was one more excuse for me to drink more alcohol and take more drugs. This led to two major car accidents in which I was not injured although I destroyed two cars. One fine evening in 2002, I took so many drugs that while crossing the road in London I got hit by a car. I smashed my head against the windscreen (which felt as if a brick had hit my face) and I fell on the pavement with shattering impact.

To my surprise, I was completely unharmed. I was completely clueless about what had just happened in a fraction of a second!
Two weeks after this accident while I was hanging out (it was early evening and I had not drunk any alcohol or taken drugs), a stranger approached me and told me that he was a Medium and had something important to tell me. It sounded funny at first and to my scientific mind, it was totally illogical!

He said there was a woman who could be my mother (this was six years after her death) who was communicating through him to say that she was fine and would always be there to help me in an instant like she had always done, but that it was time for me to change my lifestyle now.

Also, he told me to be careful from that day and for the next two weeks – not to drink and drive or get into cars with people who had been drinking. I never saw him again. He did not ask me for money but he left a piece of advice wrapped in a life-transforming revelation that I have cherished until today. That encounter literally changed my life.

Since then I have not grieved for my mother. I moved on. It became obvious to me that who we really are is that invisible, intangible something that pushed a man that did not know me to tell me what he did. I then literally looked up and said: “If there is something or someone out there who can help me out, I really want to change”.

I stopped taking drugs and drinking excessively and felt high on Life – as if I were taking the most powerful drugs I had ever taken! Living life happily literally became my drug, and I didn’t experience any withdrawal symptoms.

I felt so different. I believe it was because I opened myself to the possibility of Life being Eternal and to the existence of an Intelligence – a Power that I have been using ever since, a Power we all use even if we do so unconsciously.

I then started to look at everything that was spiritual in nature. I started reading books, attending seminars and workshops, I studied Metaphysics and Clinical Psychology in order to be able to help others overcome life’s challenges and discover who they truly are.

As I said, I opened myself up to a new dimension I had not considered before. Of course, I still had to work for what I wished for and I still have to, but the major fears, the source of anxiety and compulsions that I was feeling before, have disappeared. Soon after the event I felt so good that I made a pact with this invisible Intelligence, a Power that I experience regularly.

I promised that I would do whatever it took to remain in that state of consciousness naturally and that I would like to do something with what I had found to help others realise and feel the same. I now help others to realize the infinite potential that they have at their disposal and how to use it to live as happily as they wish.

This has become my mission and vision.

DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #14
LEA KRAEMER - Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher Trainer
Los Angeles, California
http://www.agniyogaintensive.com

For his 14th interview, David speaks with long-time friend Lea Kraemer, Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher Trainer based in Los Angeles.

David and Lea discuss a variety of topics in and around the power of mind, body, energy, movement and healing: from their days at the dance program in their high school in the joint school district of South Orange/Maplewood, New Jersey; her interest and pursuit of yoga and yoga education throughout the United States and the world; yoga as healing and its impact on individuals, groups and community. Lea shares specific mind/body stories of profound healing; provides information of various forms of yoga and their benefits; and her philosophy on being vegetarian/vegan.

Lea's Bio:

Lea Kraemer is a former professional modern dancer and choreographer from the East Coast. She performed and toured throughout the USA and in Asia, bringing this vitality and enthusiasm into her classes. Yoga began to enchant her in the late 1980’s, together with the lifestyle of non-violence, vegetarianism, and fierce compassion. Since then her extensive studies have taken her to India from Mysore where she studied with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, to Dharamsala where she received Tibetan Buddhist teachings. In the U.S. she completed training with a major, international ashram in Hatha Yoga and numerous certification programs in Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga, tremendously enjoying teachings from master Yogi Bhajan. She has studied classical Ayurveda, the ancient, Indian “science of life”, since 2004 through Kerala Ayurveda and the DINacharya Institute directed by Dr. Bhaswati Bhatttacharya, where she is also a faculty member.

Lea founded PRANA MANDIR Yoga in 2001 with a NYC studio that ran for nine years. The school continues with Teacher Trainings in Vinyasa and Yoga as Therapy. Privately, she adores working with clients to assist them in healing from chronic and life threatening illness.

Lea’s daily practice begins with meditation in the tradition of her Guru. She feels blessed to share Wisdom teachings everyday. Her classes are dynamic choreographies of the soul, balancing the major meridian channels for steady joy and radiant peace.

DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #13
BRANDON LAWRENCE
Principal Ballet Dancer
Birmingham, United Kingdom

For his 13th interview, David speaks with Brandon Lawrence, Principal Dancer with The Birmingham Royal Ballet in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

David and Brandon talk about Brandon's start in dance, his training, his current regime and projects during this pandemic and Legendary Dancer and Choreographer Carlos Acosta - the current artistic director of The Birmingham Royal Ballet. They also talk about working with Dance-Forms Productions under the direction of Founder and Producer Susan B. Williams, and the experience performing in Dance-Forms' annual dance showcase during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

https://www.brb.org.uk/profile/brandon-lawrence

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https://www.brb.org.uk/

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DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #12
CHRISTAL BROWN
Choreographer, Educator, Performer, Professor, Mother, Life Mastery Consultant, Disciple of Christ
Chair, Dance Department, Middlebury College
Middlebury, Vermont USA
https://christalbrown.com
http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/dance/faculty

For his 12th interview, David speaks with Christal Brown, Choreographer, Educator, Performer, Mother, Life Mastery Consultant, Disciple of Christ, Associate Professor and Chair of the Dance Department at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont USA.

During this conservation, we cover many topics: Christal's start in dance, her upbringing and college days in North Carolina, as well as her professional, performance and teaching career.

Christal is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, and received her BFA in dance and minor in business from the University of NC at Greensboro. Upon graduation, Brown went on to tour nationally with Chuck Davis' African-American Dance Ensemble and internationally with Andrea E. Woods/Souloworks. Immediately following those experiences, Brown performed with and managed Gesel Mason Performance Projects while apprenticing with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland. Upon relocating to New York Brown, apprenticed with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company before finding a home with Urban Bush Women, where she spent three seasons as a principal performer, community specialist and apprentice program coordinator.

Aside from performing, Brown is the Founding Artistic Director of INSPIRIT, a performance ensemble and educational conglomerate dedicated to bringing female choreographers together to collaborate and show new work, expanding the views of women of all ages, and being a constant source of inspiration to its audience as well as members. Founded in 2000, INSPIRIT has been honored to show work at Aaron Davis Hall, St. Mark's Church, Joyce Soho, The Lincoln Theater of Washington, D.C., and various other venues across the country.

Combining her athleticism, creativity, love for people, and knack for teaching, Brown continues to teach and create works that redefine the art of dance and the structure of the field.

From Christal's Website:

Creating, Committing to, and Practicing our Best Selves

I am 41 years old, a woman of faith, and a single parent. I am also an entrepreneur and professor, and for the last 31 years of my life, I have been a dancer. My career as a dancer has given me the skills to create beauty and meaning through movement. While most people only see the outcome of my work through the performance, the true work lies in the creation, verification, and rehearsal of the ideas I want to convey. The performance is merely a hint of the process of discovery I’ve undergone.

Creation

Whether we assign ourselves the title of artist or not, we are all creative beings. Whether we use our creative energy to solve problems, bring people together, or manage a household, we all have a unique way of utilizing our gifts. As a dancer/choreographer, I develop ideas into movement, and then I use that language to illuminate important concepts and ideas. Although audiences may not completely understand my movement, that does not deter me from moving. In fact, my desire to communicate my concept urges me to move with deeper clarity, intention, and intelligence. In order to achieve my goal of communication, I need to look at the concept I am trying to express from as many vantage points as possible in order to verify my perspective.

DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #11
KENNY FIKES
Developer
Knoxville, Tennessee USA

For this 11th interview, David speaks with Kenny Fikes, a long-time colleague from their days as students at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to this exchange, David reconnected with Kenny as he began working as a political consultant for Massachusetts attorney and businessman John Kingston, a fellow Penn alum and colleague from the same era (mid-1980s).

Kenny talks about his upbringing, his early education in North Carolina and later, a private boarding school in Massachusetts. He describes the recruitment process as a student-athlete, the black student experience at Penn, his initial job prospects, the early part of his career in Philadelphia, and his journey as an entrepreneur until the present.

Kenny is a long-standing member of the Republican Party. He has a very unique experience and outlook which I believe is worth sharing.

I hope you enjoy!

DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #10
ZOI FLOROSZ
Singer, Actress, Filmmaker
New York City

For his tenth interview, David speaks with Zoi Florosz, a singer, actress and filmmaker based in New York City. David and Zoi cover a variety of topics:

Zoi's origin, her upbringing in Hungary, her parents (Hungarian Mother/Greek Father visual artists), her training in various art forms and disciplines (acting, jazz, classical music), her move to New York City for further training in video and filmmaking and her challenges living as an artist in the city.

During this conversation, Zoi also gives us insight into process as a participant and winner of various filmmaking prizes in different festivals including the Marche du Film in Cannes.

Zoi also describes how critical "networking" as it is in Cannes and film festivals around the world -Monaco, Athens, Cyprus, New York, including Winter Film Awards where she would eventually meet the person who become the center and story of her directorial debut documentary feature film.

Zoi is an exceptional conversationalist. I hope you all enjoy.

Zoi's Bio:

Zoi Florosz is an award-winning filmmaker, also a versatile singer/actress/dancer. She studied classical music at Conservatory of Pecs, jazz voice at Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest, and Musical Theatre at American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Zoi concluded her studies at Digital Film Academy in NYC as a filmmaker.

From filmmaking to fine art music videos, dance films, documentaries, PBS specials, short and feature films, Zoi has worked as producer, director, director of photography, editor, choreographer. She also coordinated large camera crews on locations worldwide, leading multi-camera studio shoots, conducting exclusive interviews.

Zoi created the Film & Video Department at the legendary dance center New Dance
Group, New York, working as Film & Video Director, creating a weekly TV shows and
worked closely with choreographers.

Zoi's experience, passion and understanding for music and dance gives her special
perspective on how to choreograph for the camera, on how dance translates to digital
media. She loves the musical format.

Her credits includes:

GAMETIME -feature film, Choreographer/Assistant Director

BRUSHSTROKES – short, Director, Producer, Choreographer
/Awards- Independent Spirit Award @ Angel Film Awards Monaco International
Film Festival, Best Independent Film @ Winter Film Awards NYC

CHILDREN OF THE WIND- crossover music video, short, Singer/Actress,
Producer, Editor /Awards-Official selection @AFA Monaco International Film Festival, @Winter Film Awards, @World Peace Initiative - Peace and Tolerance Gala Cannes 2016,
@Cyprus International Film Festival, “ Best Live Performance Soundtrack”
award @Bridges International Film Festival Athens, Greece, 2017

DREAM OF A SHADOW-feature, Associate Producer, AD,
/Awards- Nostimon Imar Award @Cyprus International Film Festival, Best
Production design @Bridges International Film Festival

SYRINX-cellphone short, Director, DP, Editor, Music
/Awards-“Best Soundtrack for a film” @Global Short Film Awards Cannes 2019

BLUE BIRD OF HOPE-cellphone short, Director, DP, Editor, Producer
/Awards-“Best Documentary” @AFA World Peace Initiative Karl Bardosh
Humanitarian cellphone category, Cannes 2019

DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #9
REBECCA MYLES STEWART
Dancer, Aspiring Ballerina
Glenn Dale, Maryland, USA

For his ninth interview, David speaks with his niece Rebecca Myles Stewart, a 14-year old dancer, aspiring ballerina from Glenn Dale, Maryland, USA.

Rebecca began her training at the age of four (4) in a variety of styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical. She has trained at various studios locally and has attended several summer programs, including the School of American Ballet’s New York City Summer Intensive. In addition to that, Rebecca has participated in numerous dance competitions, and has placed at many of them. She has won the title of 2018 Hope Award at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) semi-finals, 2019 Junior Female Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA), 1st place Contemporary at YAGP 2019 and 2020 semi-finals, and 2nd place Classical at YAGP 2020 semi-finals.

Rebecca recently had the opportunity to play “Clara” in the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes in New York City, last November through January. She aspires to dance professionally in a ballet company one day, and she continues to study in all styles with a concentration in classical ballet.

DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #8
VALERIE BARNES
Film and Video Artist, Storyteller and Business Owner
Valerie Barnes Film
New York City
https://www.valeriebarnesfilm.com

In his eighth interview, David speaks with long-time friend Valerie Barnes, a film and video artist, storyteller and business owner based in New York City.

David and Valerie talk about how they met in New York City in the late 1990s, her start as a videographer for New York City Hip-Hop and Wedding Industries, the development of her videography business, her upcoming projects, women in business and her view on what is happening in New York City in this current global situation.

They share their stories about being collaborators in the mainstream corporate media (television and music) industry working for Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jennifer Lopez; Damon Dash and Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records, Diane von Furstenberg (fashion designer), The Charlie Rose Show (former PBS sponsored talk show) and cable station MSNBC.

From Valerie's website:

Every person has a story.

​Whether the story unfolds through an art film, documentary, music film or a wedding film matters not. What matters is the ability for the filmmaker to interpret each story and present it in an emotionally engaging manner.
__________________________

I've always been enriched by the knowledge learned from the diversity in the projects I've created and in the people I've met along the way. These people have taught me that it is our differences which make us interesting and our similarities which unite us.

I have filmed people who celebrate in the joy of marriage, musicians who strive to be heard, performers who light up a stage or screen with their energy, those who struggle with intolerance and indifference against them, and many others who move forward in life trying to make their mark in whatever is their passion.

My work has taken me to places both nationally and internationally. I am mostly a referral based business which speaks to the trust and satisfaction others have felt when working with me.

Everybody has a story to tell and film and video are the vehicles I use to tell these stories.

DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #7
CHRIS YOUNG
Martial Artist, Actor and Model
Owner of Gong Lung (Steel Dragon) Studio
Pittsburgh
www.steel-dragon.org

For his seventh interview, David speaks with Chris Young, a martial artist, actor and model based in Pittsburgh, PA.

At his school, Gong Lung (Steel Dragon) he and his students practice several style of Chinese martial arts including Eagle Claw, White Ape Connected Back, Xing-Yi, Bagua and Tai Chi. Additionally, they practice the Afro-Brazilian style of Capoeira Angola. Steel Dragon is also well known for Chinese lion dance, the performance of which is how it started. Steel Dragon performs Dragon Dance as well.

Chris fell into modeling by accident when he was scouted and enjoyed it. After a while, he decided to pursue it more seriously. In the process, he decided to take acting in the hopes it would help his modeling. As a result, thanks in no small part to his teacher, he also fell in love with acting itself and has started more seriously pursuing that craft on its own merit.

Where he can, Chris tries to find synergy between these three sets of skills and well as practicing them each on their own. The pursuit of these is pretty much the mainstay of his life.

DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #6
HENNING RUBSAM
Choreographer
New York City

For his sixth interview, David speaks with Henning Rübsam, a choreographer based in New York City.

Henning is the artistic director of SENSEDANCE, a faculty member of The Juilliard School and Fordham University, and a visiting guest professor at Texas Academy of Ballet (Carolyn Bognar, director). He is the dance curator for Arts at Work and a resident choreographer for Hartford City Ballet.

In this conversation, David and Henning delve into his background, growing up in Germany, working with his students and former teachers, the family tree of different schools of modern dance, interpretation of choreography and views on technology and social media's impact on dance.

DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #5
BAMBI DEVILLE
Actress, Stylist, Designer, Author and Entrepreneur
Owner of Bambi DeVille Vintage
New Orleans (French Quarter)
https://www.bambideville.com

For his fifth interview, David speaks with long-time friend Bambi DeVille, a 7th generation New Orleanian, an actress, stylist, designer, author, entrepreneur and owner of Bambi Deville Vintage located in the French Quarter, New Orleans.

Currently, Bambi is producing video stories for French Quarter New Orleans restaurants that have been affected by this current pandemic. The videos serve as a public relations communication tool. The intent: to inform the masses which restaurants are currently open for business during these challenging times.

During this conversation, Bambi gives us insight about growing up in New Orleans, her family, her pursuit in the acting worlds of New York and Los Angeles, her love for theater, her return to New Orleans working along side her father in his French Quarter vintage store and ultimately the creation of her own business, Bambi Deville Vintage, also located in the French Quarter.

Bambi loves mentoring young people who are interested in pursuing life as a creative person. She is an avid supporter of artists and creatives. Even during these challenging times, she continues to move forward on her creative journey.

DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #4
LUCA OCCELLI
Metaphysical Counselor
London, UK and Italy

For his fourth interview, David speaks with Luca Occelli, a Metaphysical Counselor based in London, United Kingdom who works there, and in his country of origin, Italy.

David and Luca met during one of Luca's seminars which was held at a yoga studio/community center in London Borough of Islington. This was the start of another aspect of the journey to acquire an understanding of why we exist and finding the best way to manage through the twists, turns and drama of life.

From Luca's Website:

https://www.lucaoccelli.com

Here are the main events that lead me to be doing what I do…

I grew up in a small village in the north of Italy. At the age of 20, I went to London to learn English. I very much liked it and stayed there. My life was never perfect for various reasons. I was curious by nature and liked to try new things. My family situation was not a very happy one so I started to drink and experiment with drugs quite regularly.

My mother was addicted to antidepressants and to alcohol. She was very depressed and once told me that her biggest wish was to die. It shattered the perspective I had about my life and future, I became fragile and depressed too. At the young age of 47, she died without having to commit suicide.

That was one more excuse for me to drink more alcohol and take more drugs. This led to two major car accidents in which I was not injured although I destroyed two cars. One fine evening in 2002, I took so many drugs that while crossing the road in London I got hit by a car. I smashed my head against the windscreen (which felt as if a brick had hit my face) and I fell on the pavement with shattering impact.

To my surprise, I was completely unharmed. I was completely clueless about what had just happened in a fraction of a second!
Two weeks after this accident while I was hanging out (it was early evening and I had not drunk any alcohol or taken drugs), a stranger approached me and told me that he was a Medium and had something important to tell me. It sounded funny at first and to my scientific mind, it was totally illogical!

He said there was a woman who could be my mother (this was six years after her death) who was communicating through him to say that she was fine and would always be there to help me in an instant like she had always done, but that it was time for me to change my lifestyle now.

Also, he told me to be careful from that day and for the next two weeks – not to drink and drive or get into cars with people who had been drinking. I never saw him again. He did not ask me for money but he left a piece of advice wrapped in a life-transforming revelation that I have cherished until today. That encounter literally changed my life.

Since then I have not grieved for my mother. I moved on. It became obvious to me that who we really are is that invisible, intangible something that pushed a man that did not know me to tell me what he did. I then literally looked up and said: “If there is something or someone out there who can help me out, I really want to change”.

I stopped taking drugs and drinking excessively and felt high on Life – as if I were taking the most powerful drugs I had ever taken! Living life happily literally became my drug, and I didn’t experience any withdrawal symptoms.

I felt so different. I believe it was because I opened myself to the possibility of Life being Eternal and to the existence of an Intelligence – a Power that I have been using ever since, a Power we all use even if we do so unconsciously.

I then started to look at everything that was spiritual in nature. I started reading books, attending seminars and workshops, I studied Metaphysics and Clinical Psychology in order to be able to help others overcome life’s challenges and discover who they truly are.

As I said, I opened myself up to a new dimension I had not considered before. Of course, I still had to work for what I wished for and I still have to, but the major fears, the source of anxiety and compulsions that I was feeling before, have disappeared. Soon after the event I felt so good that I made a pact with this invisible Intelligence, a Power that I experience regularly.

I promised that I would do whatever it took to remain in that state of consciousness naturally and that I would like to do something with what I had found to help others realise and feel the same. I now help others to realize the infinite potential that they have at their disposal and how to use it to live as happily as they wish.

This has become my mission and vision.

DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #3
ENRIQUE CRUZ DEJESUS
Artistic Director/Choreographer - Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company
New York City

For his third interview, David interviews Enrique Cruz DeJesus, the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company located in the East Village, New York City. David was a member of Alpha Omega from 2001-2007 when Enrique was transforming the company with the assistance of current Executive Director, Donna Clark and former Executive Director, the late Dolores “Dee Dee” Vanison-Blakely.

Enrique trained at Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company under the artistic direction of co-founder Ronn Pratt and Andy Torres while simultaneously studying at the Darvash School of Ballet and Dance Theater of Harlem.

As a dancer he worked with several modern dance companies and notable choreographers such as Eleo Pomare, Talley Beatty, Gary DeLoatch, Martial Roumain and George Faison. During this time, he began what became an active career as a choreographer, singer, actor and teacher in theater, film and concert dance and in 1998 became the artistic director of Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company.

Enrique’s artistic goal is to bring his directing and choreographing styles to concert dance with a liberal take on popular and urban movement along with traditional and theatrical forms. The blend creates contemporary modern dance works that are equally accessible and entertaining to all audiences.

Enrique teaches master classes and workshops locally and nationally and served as choreographer and teacher at Howard University, George Washington University, North Carolina Central State, Durham University, Florida A&M University, DC Arts and the NYC Arts Connection. His work as a teaching artist has been recognized by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for his dance education work with inner city youth.

Enrique was awarded a SPARC grant and Manhattan Borough President ‘s grant for his work with seniors 65+ and has been further acknowledged by the New York State Council on the Arts where he served as a panelist.

Alpha Omega is located at 70 East 4th Street, NYC.

For more information, please feel free to contact Enrique at the following website:

http://alphaomegadance.org

Additional biographical information:

Enrique choreographed and staged The James Merritt production "From Africa to America" starring Award winning actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee and was the assistant director and choreographer for the workshop musical "Collapsing Universe" at Theater for the New City. He has choreographed productions of “Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night”, “Linnea” “Jeremiah” and “A Mid- Summer Night’s Dream” off- Broadway at the Storm Theater in addition to “Satin Slipper” at the Theater of Notre Dame in NYC. Additionally, he choreographed a production of “Carmen” for Teatro Circulo also in NYC. His work has been seen locally in the industrial marketing campaign for Wise snack products throughout NYC and nationally featured on the PBS documentary “Mi Mambo based on the Harbor Conservatory in East Harlem, NY.

Mr. Cruz DeJesus continues to work in theater, film, and concert dance with theater credits that include national tours of “Dreamgirls” and “Jesus Christ Superstar"; the original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Requiem Variations” performed at the Opera Omaha Theater; the New York City Shakespeare Festival's “Measure for Measure”, produced by Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe; the European tour of “Evita”; the original workshop production of the Tony Award winning musical “The Life”, in which he was written as himself; “Man of La Mancha” at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey and the Engeman Theater on Long Island; “Guys and Dolls” performed at the Dallas Theater Center; “The Who's Tommy” at Cherry County Playhouse in Michigan; “South Pacific” at Barrington Stage Theater in Massachusetts; “Camila”, “Miss Saigon” [Barrymore Nomination] and “Evita” at the Walnut Street Theater; “Ragtime” and the “King and I” at Fulton Opera House in Pennsylvania; “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, the musical at Centerstage in Baltimore, MD; “Aida” at ArtPark; “Black Nativity” [Drama Desk Nomination] at the Duke Theater in NYC; “Miss Saigon” and “Smokey Joe’s Café” at the Virginia Musical Theatre; and “Evita” at Arvada Arts Center in Colorado.

DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #2
ERIK J. WILLIAMS
Attorney, Ordained Minister, Writer, Speaker
Washington DC

For his second interview, David speaks with his university colleague, Erik J. Williams (Attorney, Ordained Minister, Writer and Speaker).

Growing up in a working-class family in Philadelphia, Erik witnessed first-hand racial profiling and police brutality (excessive force). At an early age, he swore that he would one day fight for the rights and freedoms of those falsely and unjustly trapped within the criminal justice system.

Following his graduation from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, Erik practiced law at a preeminent, small law firm in Miami, Florida, where he sharply-honed his craft representing clients in complex criminal and civil cases in both state and federal court.

Erik's diligent representation of his clients resulted in substantial personal injury and wrongful death settlements, including one settlement for nearly two million dollars ($2,000,000.00). While in Miami, Attorney Williams also successfully defended clients in a wide-range of criminal defense matters, both felonies and misdemeanors.

Indeed, it was during those early years in Miami that Erik learned a crucial lesson about the law: When a parent is seeking monetary retribution for the wrongful death of their child, results count. When a person is facing 20 years to life in prison on felony charges, victory matters. Armed with this real world knowledge and experience, Erik fought vigorously for the legal rights and interests of his clients for several years in Miami.

Upon his return to Washington, DC over a decade ago, Erik practiced law for nearly 10 years at one of America's powerhouse corporate law firms, where he worked on a number of high-profile cases, including nationwide products liability cases and numerous white-collar crime investigations of multinational corporations. Seeking to return to his small firm “roots” of providing personal, individualized legal services to his clients, he left the large corporate firm and started his own law firm in 2014.

Since the opening of the Law Offices of Erik J. Williams, P.L.L.C., Erik has successfully represented a diverse range of clients who seek justice and redress against an assortment of corporate and institutional “Goliaths.”

In addition to his law practice, Erik is an ordained minister, a published writer, and a highly sought after speaker.

http://www.thelawofficesofejw.com/

DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #1
DANNI GEE
Artist, Former Alvin Ailey Dancer, Dancer Curator for CityParks Summerstage
New York City

For his first interview, David talks with Danni Gee, former Alvin Ailey dancer and currently, the Dance Curator for CityParks SummerStage. Danni talks about her beginnings as a young girl growing up in Philadelphia, her journey as a dancer with the Philadelphia Dance Company (also known as Philadanco) to becoming a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC; her transition to background singer for music acts such as Sister Sledge, Gloria Gaynor and Cher; the creation of her NYC band Suga Bush and concurrently, her role as Dance Curator for New York's SummerStage Festival.

This video is great especially for anyone who have a strong interest in the arts. Danni has many years of experience and a lot of interesting stories!

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