|EXCERPTS OF 4 LITTLE GIRLS: A DANCE FILM|
|Cast: ||Dougie Baldeo|
|Crew: ||Editin: Kerri Edge - Production Management: SafetyThird Productions|
|Email: ||kerriedgegmail.com, thecenterforculturegmail.com|
In 1963, racial tension was high. On September 15th, parishioners attended a church service at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama unaware that their lives would forever change. Their church had been a meeting place for organizers and followers of the American Civil Rights Movement. Four little girls would lose their lives that day when a bomb set off by the Klu Klux Klan exploded as they descended downstairs to the basement. This act would be a major turning point in the movement and would ultimately lead to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1965. Director and Choreographer Kerri Edge tells the story through dance in memory of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley.
Kerri Edge is the Artistic Director of the Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA). In the image of the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, ESOTA has dedicated itself to bringing the art of African American dance to young aspiring artists and both community and international audiences. Ms. Edge is most respected for her artistic and scholastic mentorship of young people; her repertoire of works that celebrate African-American achievement, acting as a supplementary history reference; her development and administration of creative arts programming that exposes young people to multiple art genres incorporated with academic concepts; and encouraging students to change their attitude towards learning, community stewardship, civil rights engagement and self-awareness.
Ms. Edge began her dance training at the age of three at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center in Jamaica, Queens and continued her studies at The Eglevsky Ballet School, LaGuardia High School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Martha Graham School, and SUNY Purchase. She has earned her Masters in Arts Administration from NYU and is currently a Professor of Dance at Medgar Evers College, where she serves as the advisor to the Dance Club and Black Student Association.
Her commitment to the Jamaica arts community is evidenced by her work with various organizations and institutions that service the Greater Jamaica area. Ms. Edge has presented and developed arts programming at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Reversing the Projections, A Better Jamaica, the Afrikan Poetry Theatre and in number of public schools throughout Jamaica. She is the co-chair of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Jamaica Is Steering Committee, a member of Jamaica Now Arts and Culture Committee, the lead on several winning arts projects from Council Member Daneek Miller's Participatory Budgeting process and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Afrikan Poetry Theatre.
Ms. Edge has worked with New York 1 News Anchor Cheryl Wills on various projects, including the promotional release of her children's book The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills. She has served as the Dance Director for Americans Promoting Study Abroad New York/Beijing Dance Initiative since its inception in 2013 and will travel with her students this spring to Beijing, China.