An interview with Sharron Miller. Sharron is a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater principal dancer and veteran of seven Broadway shows who is currently the Founder/Director of Sharron Miller's Academy of the Performing Arts (SMAPA) in Montclair, NJ located 15-miles outside of NYC. This interview is part of the special 5-part series "Starring New Jersey" that features interviews by prominent dance "shapers" in the dance field who call NJ home. The series is made possible by a grant from New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
An interview with Maxine Lyle, a choreographer, teaching artist, dancer, and producer, specializing in African-American step dance. Maxine founded the step company Soul Steps in 2005 in NJ/NY, with the mission to expand the presence of stepping throughout the world while creating avenues for cultural exchange and awareness among diverse communities. Soul Steps brings step everywhere - from school workshops in Brooklyn, to partnerships with U.S. Embassies throughout the world, to Paris Fashion Week, they embrace every opportunity to expose diverse communities to the magnetism and dynamic power of step.