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Sheila Anozier
Brooklyn, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT: I was born in New York where I have lived most of my life, but it is Haiti I call home. My earliest memories are of Haiti where I lived with my grandmother and other family until I was seven. It is where my first impressions were made. In Haiti art is prevalent in everything, as it is to me. My work is simply a celebration of my Haitian upbringing and roots. I am constantly inspired by my family, my food, my folk songs and tales, my drums, my dances and most of all, by the strength and spirit of my ancestors. I am a dancer, singer of Haitian folk songs, teaching artist, and visual artist. I have recently completed illustrating my adaptation of a Haitian folktale for a children's book and searching for a publisher.

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Sheila Anozier, a multidisciplinary artist, was born in New York where she has lived most of her life, but it is Haiti she calls home.   Her earliest memories are of Haiti where she lived until she was seven. In Haiti art is prevalent in everything as it is to her.

While majoring in Journalism at Long Island University, she began her formal training in dance where she met Ella Thompson Moore, an original member of The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. It was her who encouraged Sheila to keep dancing, which she did professionally even as she pursued her career in journalism. After 10 years on the editorial staff of The New York Times, she transitioned to a full-time professional dancer.  

Notable performances have taken Sheila to venues and festivals across the United States and abroad, including Ha Noi Opera House, & White Palace Convention Center in Vietnam with singer and political activist Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary), Ageha in Tokyo, Japan with singer/dancer Wunmi Olaiya,  Nuits Atypiques de Langon in France, Montreal International Jazz Festival in Canada, Vollos Festival in Greece, The Hague Holland Dance Festival in the Netherlands, and the Altstdtherbst Festival in Germany.  

New York performances include Lincoln Center "Out of Doors," The Joyce Theatre, Town Hall, Dance Theatre Workshop, The Kitchen, Joe's Pub, and SOB's, Prospect Park Bandshell, Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts and BRIC.

Sheila served as choreographer for Brave New World Repertory Theatre: (Street Scene 2013, As You Like It in 2010, The Crucible in 2008 and 2010, The Tempest in 2009 and Crossing Brooklyn Ferry in 2007 ). She performs with Bonga and The Vodou Drums of Haiti, Bethany and Rufus Roots Quartet, and the Pat Hall Dancers. It was with Bonga Jean-Baptiste (Bonga and Vodou Drums of Haiti) that Sheila began performing as a singer on stage the traditional folkloric and Vodou songs, and it is with the support and inspiration of master teacher, Pat Hall, that she has found her freedom in dance and the inspiration to incorporate her singing into her performance.

She is a teaching artist who has taught students of all ages nationally and internationally in both public and private and currently on faculty at Mark Morris Dance Center.

Sheila is a 2017 recipient of the NYSCA Folk Art Apprenticeship Grant working with eminent Haitian singer and folklorist Georges Vilson collecting and performing the music and stories of Haiti.


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