Judah International Dance Theatre was founded by Archbishop Eugene James Blount in 2014. Judah was established to give a generation of young dancers the opportunity to express their God given talents through different genres of dance.

The company focuses on ministering through dance, with a view to inspire and transform lives through innovative artistry and creativity. Ultimately, we use a foundation of ballet while unifying all styles of dance including Modern, Ballroom, African and Hip Hop. Under the visionary leadership of Archbishop Eugene J. Blount, and the artistic management team of Ms. Danielle Thomas, Judah has created dynamic works inspired from the scriptures to enrich audiences holistically. Judah dances reality and leaves hope for all generations, and races globally.



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Ayaka Taniguchi was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She started ballet when she was 5 years old at Studio Venus in 1999. She learned Ballet, Ballet pointe work, Jazz and Gyro kinesis. She took private classes for Ballet, Ballet pointe work and Modern from Luis Villanueva. She studied the Lester Horton Technique by Mitsue Miyake at Hip Dance Arts Entertainment in 2012.

She received a scholarship from Tracy Inman, who is director of The School of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Ayaka has worked with Manuel Vignoulle, Mattew Rushing, Hope Boykin, Carlos Dos Santos, Saya Harada, Ronni Favors, Sean Aron Carmon and Elizabeth Roxas. In 2015 she joined Saya Spring Dance Theater Company, I KADA Contemporary Dance Company in 2016 and The Judah International Dance Theater in 2016.

Chantal' Ashantè Hill began as a gymnast but began her formal ballet training at the late age of 17 at Danspiration Center Inc. She continued to work diligently due to her late beginning by training with Joel Hall Dancers & Center, Hyde Park School of Ballet, and Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. She moved to New York after being offered a scholarship to train at Dance Theatre of Harlem. Chantal' has a deep love for God and Ministry in dance. She calls herself a Spiritual Ballerina who dances as God's vessel by fusing liturgical dance with ballet pointe work. She has danced with Joel Hall Dancers, Tyego Dance Project, Centre du Dansê Marais Company in Paris, France, Dance Ministry Institute, and Judah International Dance Theatre. Chantal' was recently featured & interviewed on Trinity Broadcast Network. After the airing, she was invited to dance as an guest artist for the Dance Ministry Awards in Orlando, Fl.

Denzel Taylor is from Houston Texas. Denzel began dancing at the age of 13 with Aldine Dance Company in Houston, Texas. After graduating from Carver Magnet high school, he moved to New York to begin professional dance training. He has trained under the tutelage of master teachers at the Houston met, Dance Zone, Houston Red Door productions, Leon dance arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Ailey School. While dancing is his first passion, he also has a knack for choreographing. This is Denzel's second season with Judah International Dance Theatre.

Lacey Thomas is a native New Yorker who began her dance training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem School under the direction of Artistic Director emeritus Arthur Mitchell. She began to train at age three to later receive her graduate certificate from the Professional Training Program in 2013. Although Lacey trained primarily in ballet, she also studied modern, jazz, tap, and African. She continued her professional training with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble in 2009 to later join Charlotte Ballet II in 2013. While a member of Charlotte Ballet II, she performed in major ballets such as Balanchine’s Western Symphony and Jean-Pierre Bounefoux’s Cinderella. During her continued effort to touch audiences through the art of dance, Lacey is honored to be a part of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School faculty as the first Hip Hop instructor. Lacey is a guest artist with Judah International Dance Theatre.

Major began studying dance at Decatur School of Ballet and Dekalb School of the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. He continued his dance training and graduated from Point Park University. He also trained at The Alonzo King Ballet School, The American Ballet Theatre, and was a fellowship student at The Ailey School. He has performed with The Francesca Harper Project, Opus Dance Theatre Company and was a member of Ailey II and Ballet Hispanico. He has performed in various musicals such as a regional production of Chicago and Apollo Club Harlem at the world famous Apollo Theatre. Mr. Nesby has also performed on television, commercials, and movies such as America’s Got Talent and the Bravo network. Major joined Judah International Dance Theatre during the 2016 season.

Briana Lee Raheem, was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She draws inspiration from her grandmother who sacrificed everything to support her dreams of being a professional dancer. She was awarded a dance scholarship to Eastern University where Briana graduated with a BA in dance in 2015. She was recognized by the Notable Today as a part of the Notables List in Wilmington, Delaware for 2015. Briana joined Judah International Dance Theatre during its first season in February of 2015.

Ronald O. Belger, originally from St. Louis, Missouri began his dance training at COCA (Center of the Creative Arts.) Ronald also studied at University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, and Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Ailey School both as a scholarship recipient. He has performed master works of Paul Taylor and George Balanchine. He also performed works of Troy Powell, Earl Mosley, Pedro Ruiz and Germaul Barnes. He has danced with Columbia City Ballet, Opus Dance Theater, Wylliams Henry Dance Theater, Storling Dance Theater, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Ballet Neo and now Judah International Dance Theater.

Tara has been dancing ever since she can remember, at the age of seven she began her classical ballet training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem School on a full scholarship under Artistic Director Levine Naidu, where she gained performance.While training at DTH she was also accepted to the Wendy Hilliard Rhythmic Gymnastics team where she trained, traveled, and competed in various competitions including the Junior Olympics. Tara attended Wellesley Senior High and SUNY Purchase College. After a brief internship at Brooklyn Center for the Arts, Tara joined the Judah International Dance Theatre during its first season in February of 2015.