Over 25 years ago, Gaines was invited to be a part of the spiritual and creative team of the original Maafa performance under the direction of Dr. Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood and Jessie Wooden Jr at St. Pauls Community Baptist Church. Gaines has toured with other versions of this production nationwide and is blessed to be working with Michele-Hawkins Jones and Kenya Cagle. Gaines is thrilled to be a part of this years New York production and is honored to have worked on Mt. Ennon's premiere production of Maafa in Clinton, MD under the direction of Curtis Jones. Please join us for this unique event and immerse yourself with us in world history.
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member at The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Kean University and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I write on dance for The Amsterdam News, Dance Magazine and various publications. Click below to read more about me at my home page - "About Me."