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Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre & Dance

Adjunct Faculty Michael Manswell

Office Hours: By appointment
Rank: Adjunct Lecturer 
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: BFA, Brooklyn College

Michael Manswell, Dancer, Singer, Choreographer, Teaching Artist, Artistic Director, began his artistic life as a storyteller at Arts Festivals winning many prizes and awards. He studied music with Lindy-Anne Bodden-Ritch and at Brooklyn College with Tom Cultice. As a singer he has toured Europe, the UK, and the Caribbean and has performed as a soloist in many productions of opera and oratorio including Dido & Aeneas, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Messiah, Missa Criolla and Missa Luba. He studied dance at the Trinidad Dance Theater with Eugene Joseph training in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom, and Folkloric styles. Michael worked with Geoffrey Holder on “Dougla II” and “La Valse des Bakas” for TDT and toured with the company in the USA and the Caribbean. A prolific choreographer he has created many works currently in the repertoire of Something Positive as well as “Once Upon this Island” (Packer Collegiate Inst), and “Belle” (Brooklyn College). An orisha devotee in the Yoruba religion (Trinidad & Tobago) Mr. Manswell presents lectures and workshops in dance, music, and traditional religious practice and has worked closely with the Interfaith Center and the Caribbean Cultural Center in their programs. One of “Brooklyn’s Black Men of Distinction 2000” and one of Brooklyn’s Black Dance Kings (2010), Michael currently teaches for Something Positive Inc., the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, the Brooklyn Arts Council the Caribbean Cultural Center and is Adjunct Prof (Dance) at Lehman College (CUNY).