Co-Director, CityDance DREAM
Co-Director, CityDance DREAM
Zenas "Tobi" Okanlawon
Community Connections Manager, CityDance DREAM
Center Manager, CityDance DREAM
Rian Matthews (MA, BA) is the Center Manager for the DREAM Center for Dance. A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 2016, Rian earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Dance. Shortly after receiving her BA, she began pursuing a Master’s Degree in Communication Management at the George Washington University’s Columbian School of Arts and Sciences, which she received in May of 2018.
While actively pursuing her Master’s degree, Rian was introduced to the CityDance DREAM program and served as a member of its Youth Development Senior Dance Faculty for two years. Rian also serves as a member of the Leadership Team at Spirit Wings Dance Company & Studio, where she received formal training in the art of dance starting at the age of five. Her passion and dedication to impacting her community in positive and creative ways is a constant goal and driving force in her professional career.
Academic Services Manager, CityDance DREAM
In addition to her background in education, Janet has worked to establish community partnerships that have helped increase youth’s college and career readiness and personal development. Janet works diligently to provide the support needed to funnel collaborative visionary ideas for the merging of academic and arts education for youth with diverse background and life experiences.
Faculty, DREAM, and School & Conservatory
Lesley Adjetey Klufio , a native of Ghana, began dancing hip-hop at the age of 11. Adjetey studied under his uncle, a winner of the World Dance Championship, until age 18, when he decided to branch out and add Ghanaian traditional dance to his repertoire.
With his new goals in mind, Adjetey became a principal dancer for Ghana’s National Dance Company, the Ghana Dance Ensemble, in record time. He was awarded Best Dancer, 2007-2008, for his work in hip-hop and traditional dance. Adjetey danced with the Ghana Dance Ensemble for over nine years, working with some of Ghana’s most elite dance pioneers and professionals including: F. Nii Yartey (Director, Noyam Dance Institute); Professor Ofosu Adinku (School of Performing Arts, Legon); David Amoo (Director of National Theater Dance Company of Ghana); and Choreographer Bright Terry Ofosu.
Adjetey has also worked with international choreographers like Sheron Wray University of Irvine, California), Brain Jeffery (University of Alaska), Ammadu Sulamana (Dance company of Senegal), Chuck Davis (Director Dance Africa), and H Patton( Director, Inspired Africa, UK). Adjetey has worked as an assistant choreographer to the All African cup of nations in Ghana, also as (2008) ,Co-Director of the Creative Team for Ecowas Games Opening Ceremony (GADEC) (2012) and Art Consultant/Choreographer for the World Vision Organization (NGO) (2011). He has been toSouth Africa, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Botswana and Guinea, to learn and participate in some of their dance festivals.
After relocating to the United States in 2012, Adjetey has become a sought after performer and teacher. The New York Times mentioned him as “both spectacular and subtle” for his performances with Dance Africa, (NYC , Texas and Carlifonia). Adejety is currently an Adjunct faculty at the Ann Arundel community college and a choreographer for the Soul In Motion Dance and drummers company. Adjetey owns a dance company located in the DMV area (Rythmswithin). Adejetey also teaches in the DC public schools as well as multiple studious and two dance schools with City Dance Conservatory and the Madeira dance company.
Adjetey has taught many master classes across the country at schools like the University of North Texas, The Brokport University In New York, Ann Arundel community College and has toured with multiple dance companies. Adejety has also performed at some of the prominent theaters in the states like; The Kennedy Center, The Appolo theater, The Bam In New York. In 2012 The New York Times mention Adjetey klufio as being spectacular