MEET THE AMBASSADORS

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Sakinah Bennett

Sakinah Bennett is a 21-year-old native of Douglasville, Georgia. Sakinah is currently in her senior year at Bard College on a full-tuition scholarship from the Posse Foundation, studying dance and historical studies with a concentration in Africana Studies. She began dancing at the age of 5 and hasn’t stopped since. She is also the co-founder of a program called Sister to Sister, dedicated to mentoring young women of color through the arts. She continues to pursue her professional dance career. Her credits include Bobby Brown, Dominion Entertainment’s Black Nativity, Axam Dance Theatre Experience, and many more creatives and companies. She is also a teaching artist at the Center For Creative Education in Kingston, New York. After graduating Sakinah hopes to continue to dance professionally and eventually open her own studio.

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Bree Buxton

A native of Atlanta, Bree began her dance career at the age of 2 at her mother's dance school. She later continued her technical training at Dance Makers of Atlanta, and Tri-Cities Visual and Performing Arts Magnet High School, training under Dawn Axam, Diane Sales, Roscoe Sales, and countless others. Bree has been a member of Axam Dance Theatre Experience for five years. She is a recent graduate of Georgia State University with her B.B.A in Accounting. During her collegiate years, she was the Treasure and Technique Director of a student organization, Dance Ensemble at GSU (DEGSU). Along with the countless performances with these two companies, she also performed in "The Black Nativity Atlanta," "Clara and the Chocolate Nutcracker," and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated's Miss Black and Gold Pageant. Bree danced as a "Fright Fest" dancer for Six Flags, and she was the youngest member of The Amazing Grace Praise Dance Company

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Briana Bunkley

Briana E. Bunkley, M.A., is an Atlanta native who started taking dance classes at the age of 3. She began her dance training at Price Performing Arts Center (College Park, GA) before continuing her studies at Tri-Cities High School Visual and Performing Arts (Dance Magnet, Class of 2014). After graduating, she enrolled and graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance with an emphasis in Dance Pedagogy. Currently, she is in her final year of completing a three-year dual M.F.A./M.A. degrees at New York University’s Tisch and Steinhardt schools. Briana’s passion and dedication to dance has allowed her to travel nationally and internationally. She is currently a company member and assistant to the directors for Axam Dance Theatre Experience. She is also a company member with Kim Elliott Dance (based in New York City). Briana became a professional dancer at 16 years old while a student at Tri-Cities. Over the years, she has performed in Black Nativity Atlanta, Kandi Burress’ A Mother’s Love, and the 10-year reunion of Beyonce’s Original All-Female Band with Ebony Williams (where she served as dance captain). She has also studied, performed, and choreographed in Kampala, Uganda, and Manchester, United Kingdom. She has also danced for artists like Lil’ Wayne, D. Woods (Danity Kane), Francesca Harper, Darrell Moultrie, Juel D. Lane, Tai Jimenez, and MADBOOTS DANCE. Briana’s teaching experience ranges from South Fulton Arts Center’s Summer Camp and Teen Dance Intensives to various schools throughout the New York City Department of Education. She is now the Director of Dance at Tri-Cities high School VPA Magnet. Briana is extremely grateful and excited to come back to the Bulldog family and to share her passion for dance with the next generation of people, dancers, and artists at large

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Kayla Kemp 

 

Kayla Kemp is an 18-year-old native of Atlanta Ga. She has been dancing since the age of three, but her intense training began at the age of six when she enrolled at DanceMakers Of Atlanta. While at Dance Makers, Kayla trains six days a week in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop. Kayla was also a part of the Tri-Cities Dance Department where she continued her training in ballet, contemporary ballet, Horton, and African. Kayla is currently a BFA Dance Jazz major at Marymount Manhattan College. Her future aspirations include dancing on Broadway and inspiring young dancers.

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Kayia "Ky" Lewis 

Kayia "Ky" Lewis started her dance journey at the age of 4.  Over the last 10 years, Kayia has trained in multiple dance styles and genres while also perfecting her acting skills.  Kayia has performed in multiple music videos, on the Dallas House of Blues stage, during NBA halftime shows in addition to various festivals and charitable events like the Beloved Benefit at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.  Kayia is incredibly energetic, follows instructions well, and has a natural passion for life and others

 

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Joy King 

 

Joy King is a 23 year old professional dancer and model. She was born and raised Tennessee. Joy Moved to Atlanta in 2011 and attended Tri-Cities High School, where she began her professional dance training with Dawn and Ajile Axam, Jelani Jones, and Roscoe Sails. In 2014 she became to train and compete competitively with Dance 411 Studios, where She trained under JJ Crampton, Brook Bowe, Jeremy Green, Sean Bankhead, Sherrod Tate, Rikki McKinney and numerous other professional Choreographers. After she Graduated High School in 2015, she proceeded with her professional dance career. She has performed on numerous stages and in music Videos. Joy was a WNBA Cheerleader for the Atlanta Dream. She Performed in the One Music Fest in Atlanta on the Krunk Set for Dj Nabs, SoSo Def 25th Anniversary Concert, 2018 SuperBowl Halftime Show, 2019 Freaknik Fest, and the Christmas and Halloween Live musicals for Six Flags Over Ga. She also danced in the famous legend Chuck Berry “Big Boys” music video and Modeled in Foogiano “Molly remix” music video. Joy also teaches choreography to multiple youth dance programs and in 2020 Joy is continuing to further her career.

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Joelle Bennett

A Joelle Bennett or better known as The Dancing Unicorn is the result of me putting my passions together. Born in Huntsville, AL, I’ve lived in Atlanta for all but 3 months of my life. I love Atlanta, it’s culture, and diversity. As an aspiring model and professional dancer, I want to entertain the world with my unique abilities. Dancing and singing since I was 5 years old, I've enjoyed bringing that flair to the stage! I'm technically trained in ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, tap, and pointe with McClendon Academy at AREA. When I’m not dancing you can catch me teaching dance or volunteering in the community at local churches and senior centers teaching them how to use technology. I am a freshman at the #1 HBCU in the country - Spelman College! I’ve made a choice to change the world and pursue my dreams right here in the ATL.