Shanel Edwards (dance)
Shanel Edwards is a dancer, performer and teaching artist in the Philadelphia area. They have training in modern, contemporary and Hip-Hop street styles. Shanel Edwards has performed internationally and throughout the US. They thrive by teaching other youth in this city about the freedom artistic practices provide.
Tyra Jones-Blain (dance)
Tyra Jones-Blain is a teaching artist in her final year as an undergraduate dance major at Temple University. During her first year at Temple, she became lead choreographer for a student organization entitled Only Elite Matters. By her second year, she began teaching hip-hop to children and hosting her own adult workshops at local studios. Jones-Blain participated in Philadelphia’s first non-binary performance competition, Mx. Everything. In this 12-week competition, she went head to head with drag queens, magicians, contortionists and ended up taking home the grand prize. She has presented original works in Temple shows, and performed for choreographers including: Dara Meredith, Merian Soto, Laura Katz, Marion Ramirez, Megan Bridge, and Dinita Clark. Currently, she is director of the Hip-Hop program at Sound Space Performing Arts and a choreographer for Penn Wood High School’s theatre program. She discovers new things about herself and her environment everyday through the act of dancing, and she loves to share her discoveries with the world.
Franklyn Athias (coding)
Franklyn is Senior Vice President Network and Communications Engineering at Comcast Cable where he has worked for the last 23 years. He has a BS degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Computer Science and has previously worked for the Franklin Mint, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and J.P. Morgan.
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