HEROES UNITE INC.
Heroes Unite, a 501©3 designated arts and cultural non-profit agency was established in Miami in 1999. Targeting special needs populations, within inclusive environments we empowered, entertained, enlightened and enriched over three hundred thousand participants. Our art and culturally based programs, projects and events were sustained for over twenty years through securing competitive grants, collegiate partnerships, business collaborations and a host of free and paid admission performances.
GOLD RAVEN INC.
Incorporated in 1989, Gold Raven Inc. has borne the mission to maintain and disseminate two Chinese art lineages dating back to the 5th century BC. President, Master Rubio is a direct disciple of Chueng Kune Pai and Bak Sui Lum as well as Master of Taoist Chi Gung, Yang & Chen Tai Chi and multiple styles of traditional Kung Fu. This community based school serves the general public but due to the healing nature of its services attracts oncology, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients, ADHD, Autism, Aspergers and a myriad of trouble youth all seeking to improve themselves through these ancient arts. The transformation of all participants is palpable and appreciative testimonials abound.
The Museum of Discovery & Science welcomed several hundred public school students daily for educational programming. With my background in teaching and theater, I inspired the development of many new curriculum-based practices. I was soon heading teacher training. I was also engaged to co-produce a promotional video for the museum with the Art Director.
Miami Heat Artistic Director Inaugural & 2nd Season
Disney/ Indiana Jones Crew Chief Super Bowl ½ time show/ABC
Japan Jazz Festival Choreographer/Guest Artist National Broadcast/ NHK
Piaget Choreographer/ Guest Artist National Broadcast/ TF1
Le Haye Du Honor Asst. Choreographer National Live Broadcast/ TF1
International Body Building Fed. Prod. Designer/Choreographer National Live Broadcast/CBS
Creative Profiles Co-Producer/ Host City Wide Broadcast/PBS
Liberty Weekend Dancer National Broadcast/NBC
Kenlock Choreographer Consumer Electronics
Brother Choreographer Consumer Electronics
Kangoo Choreographer Fitness Expo
Nippon Electric Choreographer/Featured Dancer Consumer Electronics
Suntory / Kirin Choreographer/Featured Dancer Liquor Company
Mita Costume Designer/Stylist Consumer Electronics
Nintendo Production Design Video Game
Make U Dance Choreographer/Casting Nestor Torres/EMI
La Fiesta Choreographer/Casting El Puma/Sony
La Nuda Choreographer/Casting Mijares/EMI
Wild Days Choreographer BB Brothers/Epic/Sony
Nightwalker Noh Body Polystar
Outrageous The Dolls Hi-Jump
Superbowkl XXII Crew Chief / Disney Productions 1/2 Time Show
Lion King Promo Stage Manager / Disney Productions Investors Showcase
Journey to Shaolin I & II Writer/Director/Producer Full length plays
ADC Productions Choreographer/Asst. Director Industrials
La Mama I & II Choreographer/Director One Woman Show/La Mama
Huizenga B-Day Gala Choreographer/Asst. Director/Staging Multimedia Event/Joe Robbie Stadium
The Wall Choreographer/Producer Rock Ballet Series/Lincoln Theater
Streets of Fire Choreographer/Casting/Costumer National Tour/Japan
Sun Valley Lab Choreographer/Casting/Costumer Industrial/Miami Convention Center
Footlocker Choreographer/Casting Promotion/Calle Ocho Festival
Amoco Asst. Choreographer Industrial/The Sands Expo Center
Satin Dolls Asst. Director Cabaret /Casino Du Monte Carlo
Le Salle D’Etoile Dancer Weekly celebrity variety show/Monaco
El Bolerista Choreo/Prod. Design/Staging Musical/Knight Center
Festival of Friends Co-Producer/Stage Manager Showcase event/
Disney/Pocahontas Stage Manager Promotional Event/The Breakers
Spirit of Freedom Producer/Choreographer Centennial event/Madison Sq. Garden
La Croix Rouge Dancer Fundraiser w/ Grace Jones/Monte Carlo
Hideki Yuki Dancer Music concert/Budokhan
American Salute Dancer Centennial event/Meadowlands Arena
Rhythm of the Dark Actress Fundraiser for
Fete De La Mode Runway Dancer/Model Piaget Panther Line/La Tour Eiffel
Rock N Roll/1st 5000 yrs. Asst. Costume Designer Broadway musical/St. James Theater
Year of the Children Producer/Choreographer UN Celebration / Amaturo Theater
Capone Weeps Choreographer/Casting/Staging Toho Productions
Welcome Shanghai Dancer/Actress/Voice Over Toho Productions
Curtain Call Dancer Toho Productions
Baby its You Asst. Costume Designer Paramount Pictures
Sweet & Sour Salsa Co-Producer 3 International Indy Awards
INSTRUCTION & GUEST MASTER CLASSES
Steps - New York Huntington Dance - New York
P.A.N. - Florida New World School of the Arts - Florida
Florida International University Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus
L’Ecole - Paris Red Bank Dance - New Jersey
Turning Point Dance Academy - Florida Miami Fitness- Florida
Nakagawa International Center -Tokyo Kokusai Arts Center - Tokyo
ALICE BILLMAN/ Administrative
MMT (Mobile Micro Theater) 2015-2017
Provided opportunities for local emerging artists to present fifteen-minute works in drama, dance, mime, opera and film within a school bus converted to a fully equipped thirty seat black box theater. The strategic plan enhanced the local arts landscape of Miami by providing paid employment for local artists to support residency, develop and contribute to their communities as well as build new audiences for live theater.
Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, Panther Coffee, Rhythm Foundation, New World School of the Arts
THE DRAGON GARDEN 2016
First community organic garden in the City of North Miami offering free plots, workshops and educational events for residents. Free field trips for over 600 public school students, grades 2 -5 to support Sunshine State Standards in science and math. Developed associated Farmers Market for residents staffed with volunteers from local Universities and North Miami Parks and Recreation Department to learn basic job skills.
City of North Miami, Johnson & Wales University, ACHIEVE, Dade County Public Schools, Whole Foods. Donated garden to City of North Miami in 2017.
ARTS FOR HEALING 2016
Produced free public ninety-minute performance inviting various speakers, presentations, performances and a Q&A with participants related to the benefits of art therapy and alternative medicine for overcoming illness.
Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, Miami Sylvester Cancer Clinic, Karen Peterson Dancers, University of Miami Music Therapy Department, Frost School of Music, Courtelis House
EDUCATION & ADVOCACY DAY 2016
Assisted National organization in annual cancer conference offering educational speakers (I presented the health benefits of chi gung and singing) and demonstrations (presented interactive demonstration with The Heroines Choir)
Florida Cancer Foundation, Susan B. Komens, Baptist Hospital
THE HEROINES CHOIR 2012 – current
Free empowerment program offering instruction in chi gung, choral singing and presentation for female cancer survivors. Public educational and performance presentations throughout
Miami Dade and Broward for arts therapy offered to over 325,000 audience members to date.
Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, Baptist Hospital, Case Management, Susan B. Komens, Bosom Buddies, Warriors in Pink
BRICKELL ARTS DISTRICT FLASH MOB 2015
New Arts District needing partners and exposure requested strategic plan for ongoing monthly events. Choreographed, costumed, documented and delivered themed flash mob and created promotional video.
Red Bull, Brickell Arts District, Harlow Productions, North Miami Senior High School, Kung Fu Connection, Curveline Films
MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND FLASH MOB 2015
Final graduation project for marketing seniors from Miami Dade College. Collaborated to produce a flash mob for the purpose of building community awareness of MLHB mission.
Miami Dade College, Miami Lighthouse, Heroes Unite, The Falls
ARTS ALLIANCE 2012-2014
Inclusive enrichment program cultivating tolerance, expression and self-exploration utilizing fine art, computer animation, drama, cultural dance, music and academic tutoring. Students also constructed, studied and performed Taiko drumming in public and private events.
Miami Dade Public Schools, Children’s Trust, Johnson & Wales University, City of North Miami, Parks & Recreation, Barry University, Florida International University and local businesses.
GIVING BACK GREEN 2011 – 2012
Environmental and arts enrichment program for grades 2-7 cultivating ecosystem awareness utilizing the arts of photography, gardening, recyclable art and academic tutoring. Children participated in monthly public recycled art exhibits.
Miami Dade Public Schools, Children’s Trust, Johnson & Wales University, City of North Miami, Parks & Recreation, Whole Foods, Walmart and local businesses.
SHAOLIN STUDIES AFTER SCHOOL 1999 - 2012
Enrichment program for grades 2-5 cultivating consciousness and self-respect for special needs children utilizing the arts of calligraphy, kung fu, chi gung, tai chi, mediation, academic tutoring and performance.
Miami Dade Public Schools, Department of Children’s & Families, All Children Together, Children’s Development Services, Children’s Trust, Target, Nickelodeon, Barry University and Florida International University.
A.C.H.I.E.V.E. (Action Communities for Health, Innovation and Environmental Change) 2008
National initiative in collaboration with CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) selected representatives from the Senators, Mayors and Commissioners office, the non-profit (I was the representative) business and educational sectors were flown to Washington for a three day intensive training to evaluate, lobby and implement improvement in community health practices.
The City of North Miami, Heroes Unite, Office of the Mayor, CDC
UNITED NATIONS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHILDREN 2007
Collaborated with Ronald McDonald house using chair bound, mid-treatment patients and their families to develop and present a performance piece entitled “Hope” at the Amaturo Theater as part of a free evening of arts celebration for the children of Broward County commemorating the United Nations 50th Anniversary of Children.
United Nations, SGI, Broward County of Cultural Affairs, Ronald McDonald House.
F.A.C.T. FESTIVALS 2006-2010
Annual County festivals for Families Against Crime Together. Opportunity for Heroes Unite participants to perform skills acquired through programming as well as generated advocacy with parents, community and families. Utilized young adults in planning, development and execution for leadership training fulfilling mandatory community service hours.
Bright Futures, Children’s Trust, Metro Dade Police department, North Mimi Senior High School, City of North Miami, City of Hialeah, City of Doral, office of the Mayor of North Miami
VICTORY OVER VIOLENCE 2001
Anti-violence program offering transportation, self-defense training, gear, philosophical dialogue, journaling and follow up psychosocial services to families of domestic violence.
Miami Dade County Department of Children’s and Families, Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, Inn Transition, Kung Fu Connection, City of North Miami