Roots

An Homage to My Arts Ancestors and Elders

MY ARTS ANCESTORS (IBAYE!)

Milton Pryor Bowser III “Sonny” (my father)❤️

To hear Milton’s “The Ride,” click here.

Milton Pryor Bowser II “Buddy” (my grandfather)

NEW YORK – APRIL 21: Bert Howell and Buddy Bowser of the comedy team “Howell And Bowser” perform onstage at the Paramount Theatre during a Duke Ellington show on April 21, 1949 in New York, New York. (Photo by Popsie Randolph/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Joan Miller : My Dance Mother and Grand Mentor who birthed my dance career❤️

Dr. Charles R. (Chuck) Davis : My African and African Diaspora Dance Father , and  Grand Mentor ❤️

Lee Aco Thompson : my Dunham Technique teacher and choreographer 💕

Juan Antonio : My first male  Modern Dance Teacher (Limon Technique) 💕

Louis Falco:  My Modern Dance Instructor ( Limon and Falco Styles) 💕

Fred Benjamin : My Third Modern Dance Company and Modern Dance, Balletic Jazz and Lyrical Dance teacher, Dance and Choreography Mentor 💕

Ronald Pratt : My second modern dance company/mentor 💕

John Parks : My Modern Dance Teacher/Choreographer/Ailey Technique/Life Mentor 💕

Nancy Topf: My post – modern Teacher 💕

Islene Pinder:  My Balinese Dance Teacher 💕

Eleo Pomare : choreographic mentor 💕

Judith Covan: My Master Pilates teacher 💕

Thelma Hill :  My Master Horton teacher 💕

Bernard Johnson ; My American Jazz Dance Teacher 💕

Ibrahima Camara   My West African Dance Teacher ( Guinea, Bambara,  and Baga technique/Styles 💕

Rose Mari Giraud: My West African Dance Teacher ( Coite D’Ivoire, Baule Technique and forms) 💕

Zelma White : My first western classical music teacher in Harlem circa the 1950s. Xylophone, Piano, Glockenspiel.💕

James Modrow : my orchestra conductor at the HS of Music and Art 1965 -1968(viola) 💕

William Alexander: My visual arts teacher/mentor in pen/ink , acrylic and oil, 1962-1965 💕

Miguel Godreau : My dance mentor and instructor, 1972-1973 💕

Trudi Gasparinetti  My ballet teacher, 1975-1977 💕

Judy Dearing : costume and clothing design mentor. Served as her costume design  illustrator from 1972-1986 💕

MY ARTS ELDERS

Lance Westergarde (classical western Ballet /Cecchetti) 💕

Nadine Revine (classical western Ballet/ Cecchetti) 💕

Diana Ramos ( Pomare Technique) 💕

Charles Samb ( Traditional Yoruba dance/ DunDun) 💕

Ojetunji ( Traditional Yoruba Dance ( Shango, Bata) 💕

Charles Yan Martin ( Sansardo technique) 💕

and

THE DIVINE  WOMEN WHO RAISED ME … BLOOD OF MY BLOOD

BILLIE DOVE BOWSER : MY MOTHER ❤️

MARGARET “PEGGY” SHORTS: MY GRAND MOTHER ( MOTHER’S LINE) ❤️

ALICE  WASHINGTON BOWSER (NANA): MY GRAND MOTHER ( FATHER’S LINE) ❤️

MY OTHER MOTHER, AUNTIES AND UNCLES

EDNA MAE ROBINSON (Auntie Edna) 💕

LOUISE Mc CLAINE ( Auntie Lou) 💕

SARAH  LOU CARTER( My grandmother by marriage) 💕

AUNT JACKIE AND UNCA NICK 💕

WILLIAM  ALEXANDER (Uncle Bill) 💕

DYANE HARVEY-SALAAM 💕