Staff Biographies

Andrea Peoples

Director, Choreographer, Instructor

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Andrea Peoples is a seasoned African, Afro Cuban, and Dunham Technique dancer and choreographer. She is honored to have studied with some of the world's greatest master dancers and musicians. Her African studies were under the tutelage of Djeneba Sako, Moustapha Bangoura, and multiple others. She studied Dunham Technique under Keith Williams, Theodore Jamison and Afro Cuban dance under multiple teachers in Matanzas, Cuba as well as in the United States. Peoples is also a well-respected cultural arts organizer as well as arts consultant. She has had the honors of working with: Kreative Arts Collective as CEO, Cuba Nola as event consultant and instructor, Three Keys at the Ace, as a resident performer,  Black Dance USA as co-coordinator, University of Missouri St. Louis theater department as head choreographer, Washington University as adjunct professor of dance, Tulane University as guest dance instructor, Young Audience as teaching artist, Institute of Ashe Movement as dance director, and Dillard University as dance instructor.

Brad Broomfield

Musical Director, Drum Instructor

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Hailing from New Orleans LA, Brad Broomfield is, first and foremost, a student of the world’s diversity of cultures. As a creative and culturalist, Brad specializes in percussive musics emanating from throughout the African and Arab diasporas. As an educator, he has a passion for sharing the universal beauty and power of these traditions with people of all ages and backgrounds as a gateway to better understanding and appreciating the peoples and communities from which the traditions originate. Brad has studied music and dance with master culture-bearers in Ghana, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, and India, and has performed extensively across North, Central, and South America; Europe; Africa; as well as the Middle and Far East. Currently, Brad performs and tours with the internationally-acclaimed music group Ìfé. Before returning to his hometown in 2020, Brad taught percussion and music theory at the Palestine National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem after serving as the Principal Percussionist and Timpanist of the Jordanian National Orchestra in Amman. Previously, he was the Featured Percussionist/Snare Drum Soloist for the Tony and Emmy award-winning Broadway show “Blast!” Brad holds a Masters degree from Temple University and a Bachelors from UL Lafayette. In his cherished leisure time, he enjoys slow walks, reading history books, cooking Creole food, and organizing with comrades.