The Arts

Within each season, Trilok students study a wide range of performing arts from Music and Dance, to Theater and Circus. They participate in diverse artistic processes with professional artists through Trilok School’s collaboration with Trilok Fusion Arts. While gaining a wide range of performance skills in motion, presence, and participation, they collaborate with their class to create performance works. They rehearse ensemble theater, music, and dance works each season to show to their families in a glorious community-wide show

 

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Weaving Wednesdays

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Cynthia Alberto

Weaving Teacher

Cynthia Alberto’s team from Weaving Hand works with Trilok children each week. Weaving Hand is a Brooklyn based weaving studio and healing arts center. Cynthia celebrates a fusion of traditional and contemporary weaving techniques with our children while embracing sustainable and ethical practices. As a healing arts center, Weaving Hand uses weaving as a creative tool to enhance developmental programs for adults and children with intellectual, emotional and physical disabilities as well.

Weaving Wednesday is a special day. The weaving room is a place you can get lost in

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MUSIC

 
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TRILOK MUSIC PROGRAM

Trilok students enjoy a comprehensive music program that spans multiple rich and vibrant musical genres. Under the guidence of Mr. Khalil Calvin Curtiss Trilok students develop a broad love and understanding of music as they explore a vibrant multi-cultural soundscape.

OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR

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Mr. Khalil Calvin Curtiss studied at Long Island University(LIU) with his focus on jazz and composition; graduated Cum Laude B.F.A. - Music. Khalil also studied Flute and Theory at The Brooklyn Conservatory. He began playing with Indoda Entsha in 2005. Indoda Entsha has evolved into Resura Arkestra, combining African, Latin, and jazz creating amazing music.

As a small child, Mr. Khalil (as he is known to Trilok students) loved to listen to jazz and was influenced by Hubert Laws after hearing The Rite of Spring. He started his music career as a drummer at the age of 18; playing varied genres.

He studied in private lessons with Andrew White - Saxophonist in Washington, D.C., Roland Alexander - Saxophonist and Clarinet, Frank Wess - Saxophonist, John Stubblefield - Sax Improv, Dan Bank (Gil F. Van’s Orchestra with Miles Davis), Harold Bennett, (a.k.a. HB), Mary Driver at Brooklyn Conservatory and the Swiss Flutist, Ulrich Childs. He plays Flute, Tenor and Soprano Saxophone, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, and varied percussion instruments; heavily influenced by Hubert Laws and Elvin Jones.

Mr. Khalil has performed with Eric Ross Ensemble which included Drummer, Andrew Cyrille, and Guitarist, John Abercrombie, as well as jazz Violinist Leroy Jenkins and has participated on recording sessions with Pink Floyd’s The Wall album on Bring The Boys Back Home, cut under the name Blue Ocean. He’s also performed with the Russian group The Balalaika Symphonic Orchestra.

Mr. Khalil Calvin Curtiss has performed in countless venues including Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Minton’s Playhouse (The old Knitting Factory) and The Bitter End.

 

Theater

 
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Our Theater Program

Trilok students enjoy the art of theater and learn from the collective work that goes into the productions they stage. Through theater students build confidence through performance.

Our Theater Director

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Ms. Sojourner Williams was raised in Rochester, New York. Sojourner fell in love with school having had the privilege of a Montessori education from nursery school through sixth grade. This early exposure planted the seed that blossomed into a cherished career in education. Sojourner has taught middle school English and Drama both in New York City and internationally since 2002. Sojourner has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Niagara University, a MA in Educational Theatre from NYU and a MST in Secondary English Education from Pace University. In addition to teaching, Sojourner has developed curriculum for non-profit organizations and leads Kids Yoga trainings and workshops.

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Indian DANCE

 
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Our Dance Program

Trilok Students learn Indian dance from an artist who truly loves her craft. Learning through the joy of dance, theater and technique that is Indian dance.

Sudha Seetharaman is an internationally acclaimed Indian classical dancer and choreographer from India. She started her training in Bharatanatyam at the age of five. After learning in the traditional setting from a “guru” (teacher) for many years, she went onto to complete a master's degree in dance at the University of Hyderabad, in 1992. A year later, she attended graduate school at University of Oregon, Eugene, to study choreography.

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Between academic pursuits and rigorous training, Sudha performed on many prestigious stages both in India and the United States. Her performance at the Lincoln Center in July 1996 was a highlight and was received with much applause and acclaim. In 1997, Sudha was awarded the Ethnic Dance Award by Dance Giant Steps, for her contribution to the promotion of Indian classical dance in New York City. Sudha has also received the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Regrant Award for four consecutive years and city awards from DYCD and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

In July of 1996 Sudha co-founded a non-profit arts company in Brooklyn, called Trilok Fusion Arts. The core vision of the company is to promote cultural education by presenting and teaching works created by blending Indian classical performance forms with Western artistic traditions. As the director of the company she spearheads a multifaceted program for children and adults through out the year. The company attracts talent from all corners of the world and the blending of that talent in a collaborative spirit is the company’s goal. In 2004, New York Times Magazine named Trilok Fusion Arts one of the most important arts organizations working in the BAM cultural district. The staging of her original productions Maa-The Creator and Ramayana at Lincoln Center, were received with great reviews and much applause. Her most recent multimedia production Crossing Paths was premiered in Sudbury, Canada in 2016. The show raised $30,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Society.


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BAllet & Modern DANCE

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Our Ballet & Modern Dance Program

Trilok Students take ballet and modern dance, fostering a love of diverse movement and music.

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Nedra Ward has been dancing and performing since the age of 11yrs. She started taking professional studio dance class at the age of 14yrs in her home town Chicago, IL. She is trained in Ballet, Modern, Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Afrobeats, and more! While attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a dance major she became a part time teacher for Rush Studio of dance teaching Hip-Hop and Jazz. 
After college Nedra started her first dance school in the neighborhood she grew up in giving back to the community through dance and performing arts. Her dance program started with 4 students and by the next semester she had over 30kids enrolled in her dance school. 
Nedra moved to New York 4 years ago to pursue her career in dance and performing. 

She was recently selected to perform for the Grammy event in NYC, New York Fashion Week, Good Morning America, MTV, and more! Other performance credits include; Janet Jackson, Nick Cannon, NBA, and more. 

From working in the community to mentoring kids all over chicago Nedra loves helping the youth. She has taught at over 5 different schools and programs for ages 2yrs-18yrs and  continues right here in Brooklyn. She teaches gymnastics at Gymstars Brooklyn for the last four year and currently teaching at Trilok School. Nedra is excited for her future with trilok school with building the Dance and performing Arts department. 

 VOICE & DANCE

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Our Voice Program

Trilok students learn voice, projection and scale. The discovery of ones voice as a powerful tool seeds a wonderful foundation.

Our Voice Director

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Natalie Oatman’s teaching career spans over a decade.  She has taught dance all over the tri-state area. She has always taught with the philosophy that “good art builds character and character builds art.” Natalie has toured the country dancing with ensembles in various styles such as Ballet, Jazz, West African, and Modern dance.

“Powerful.” That single word eloquently captures the creative spirit of Natalie Oatman.  Ever since Natalie Oatman was a child she was sending uplifting messages through music.

“It’s about making music that touches everyone of all walks of life,” says Natalie
“It's about bringing soulful sounds that bring old school and new school listeners together."

Born in Brooklyn New York to an singer/choir conductor mother and a gospel singer father, Natalie grew up singing and directing in church choirs. After landing her first professional gig at age 11 yrs old,  singing on Broadway in a gospel show,  at the historical Lambs Theater. Natalie has performed with gospel royalty such as Cece Winans, Shirley Caesar and Kirk Franklin.  She has also performed with such Broadway greats as Ben Vereen, and Elizabeth Withers and opened for Melba Moore. Natalie is a classically trained vocalist staring in such roles as Bess and Serena in Porgy And Bess, along with performing in Verdi Requiem and Handel's Messiah. Natalie has also had the honor of winning at the classical competition For NAAM where she was the first to represent New York City in 30 years.

Natalie also had the honor of performing at the Grammy honors in 2018 where she performed amongst music industries greatest artist.

Natalie Also teaches a dance class