Seasons Center’s

Cultural Arts Programs

Kai Knight-Artistic Director

2023 CTDF Youth Intensive

July 3-9, 2023

African, Haitian,

Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian,

AfroJazz, Modern,

Afro-Modern, AfroBeats

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Our Children

CTDF Youth Dance Intensive welcomes dancers ages 8- 21 years of age.  Our goal is to provide an intimate setting that nurtures, encourages, and inspires dancers to further train in dance. CTDF emphasizes the cultural contributions of the people, movements, and history of the African Diaspora. We will specifically focus on those that are ingrained in the landscape of New Orleans.

Our stories

Dancers take part in dance intensives featuring various mentoring performance artists, historians, and culture bearers of the city. This immersion provides a platform for many stories, lessons, and training that is not available in mainstream dance education outside of New Orleans.

Our future

We hope to inspire the youth and encourage them to share their festival experiences with their communities. We want our youth to continue their studies in the movements of the African Diaspora and become the new generation of culture bearers. We recognize the importance of knowing our history in order to build a brighter future. Therefore, CTDF Youth Intensive is dedicated to providing a space where participants can stand on the shoulders of the performing artist leaders of today to reach higher heights tomorrow.

Robenson Mathurin

Haitian Folklore & Fusion

Myienie Caesar



Afro-Atlantic Vibrations

Zykia Cornish


Kelly White


Kai Knight

Afro Modern/ Caribbean

Giselle Nahkid

Afro-Jazz & Soca

Jamilah Peters-Muhammad

Shakere Rhythm Workshop

Mestre Curtis Pierre

Samba & Brazilian Percussion