Winifred Harris

Winifred R. Harris is a multi-faceted artist, teacher, and community activist. As a choreographer, she consciously balances the inherently beautiful escapism of dance and the social realities that form today’s aesthetic and cultural values. She enjoys working with fantasies and dreams, as well understanding and taking responsibility for issues grounded in reality. In short, Ms. Harris is a visionary who creates art as conversation, a connective tissue to the world, and a means to see beyond what we think of as “limits.” Her work is a strong balance of technical prowess and expression through gesture. Ms. Harris began her training under the guidance of Denver’s critically acclaimed Cleo Parker Robinson. She then went on to dance professionally for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble for 10 years, Dallas Black Dance Theater immediately following, and also enjoyed a solo stint in New York and abroad during that time. In October 1991, Ms. Harris relocated and made her home in Los Angeles, founding the critically lauded and award nominated Winifred R. Harris’ Between Lines – a contemporary modern dance company. During the past fifteen years of Ms. Harris’ work as a choreographer, she has garnered special notice from both the Los Angeles Times and the California Arts Council for LA Cultural Affairs. In recognition of her work, she has been nominated for the Lester Horton Choreography Award as well as the Alpert Award. In recognition of her dedication and commitment in bringing dance to underprivileged youth through her teaching efforts within the Los Angeles community, Ms. Harris has received several awards from the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.

Navasha Daya, (pronounced, nah VAH shah DAY-ya)

Called an “Astral Soul Goddess” by the prestigious UK publication Mojo Magazine, Navasha Daya is an exceptionally gifted and seasoned singer, songwriter, producer, musician, performing arts curator, certified holistic wellness practitioner, and spiritual and cultural arts activist who from childhood was inspired and encouraged to use her voice and talents to uplift others and inspire change. Grammy – Award winning songstress, India.Arie, described Navasha’s voice as “the true definition of soulful.” Internationally recognized as a breath-taking performer, Navasha was nominated for female vocalist of the year for the Soultracks Reader’s Choice Awards and has charted at #2 on both Japan’s jazz and dance iTunes charts numerous times (usually second to Lady Gaga); she has also received international acclaim from her debut solo release “Rebirthed Above Ground ‘ – a genre – busting powerhouse of originality and soul-stirring lyrics. Prior to her solo release, Navasha served as lead vocalist, songwriter and co-founder of the highly acclaimed Baltimore based soul/jazz band, Fertile Ground and has been dubbed a mother of the indie-soul movement.

As a performing artist, Navasha has performed all over the globe and has shared the stage with a bevy of artists such as Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, India.Arie, Erykah Badu, Run DMC, Zap Mama, Rachelle Farrell, Common, Jill Scott, Joan Baez, Cassandra Wilson, Earl Klugh, Michael Franti of Spearhead and Roberta Flack. As a songwriter, Navasha Daya’s compositions have been remixed by some of the world’s top DJs and producers. In addition to her solo career as an indie-soul artist, Navasha toured for the past 2 years as a guest artist, singing with the Grammy Award winning a capella group “Sweet Honey In The Rock”. As an arts educator and cultural arts activist Navasha has taught voice and music to elementary, middle, high school age children and youth for over 17 years, integrating character development, multiculturalism, and musicianship skills in her classes. Steadfast in her dedication to serving the community, she along with educator/musician/organizer Fanon Hill and 2 youth mentees co-founded the Baltimore City Youth Resiliency Institute (BCYRI), now the Youth Resiliency Institute (YRI) with the method of utilizing art and culture to bring community healing and social change.