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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. 

 

MODS

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.

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TELEVISION BROADCAST

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

 

NATIONAL COMMERICALS

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

 

MUSIC VIDEO

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

 

LIVE STAGE

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

 

FEATURE FILM

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 

Community Projects

MMT (Mobile Micro Theater) 2015-2017

Description:
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.

Partners:
Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, Panther Coffee, Rhythm Foundation, New World School of the Arts

 

THE DRAGON GARDEN 2016

Description:

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.  

Partners:

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

Description:

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.

Partners:

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

Description:

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)

Partners:

Florida Cancer Foundation, Susan B. Komens, Baptist Hospital

 

THE HEROINES CHOIR 2012 – current

Description:

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.

Partners:

Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, Baptist Hospital, Case Management, Susan B. Komens, Bosom Buddies, Warriors in Pink

 

BRICKELL ARTS DISTRICT FLASH MOB 2015

Description:

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.

Partners:

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

Description:

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.

Partners:

Miami Dade College, Miami Lighthouse, Heroes Unite, The Falls

 

ARTS ALLIANCE 2012-2014

Description:

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.

Partners:

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

Description:

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.

Partners:

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

Description:

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.

Partners:

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

Description:

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.

Partners:

The City of North Miami, Heroes Unite, Office of the Mayor, CDC

 

UNITED NATIONS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHILDREN 2007

Description:

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.

Partners:

United Nations, SGI, Broward County of Cultural Affairs, Ronald McDonald House.

 

F.A.C.T. FESTIVALS 2006-2010

Description:

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.

Partners:

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

Description:

Anti-violence program offering transportation, self-defense training, gear, philosophical dialogue, journaling and follow up psychosocial services to families of domestic violence.

Partners:

Miami Dade County Department of Children’s and Families, Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, Inn Transition, Kung Fu Connection, City of North Miami

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