AFTER DARK: An Evening Show of Artistry, Performance and Self-Expression
AFTER DARK: An Evening Show of Artistry, Performance and Self-ExpressionJun 17 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM, 2021
Join us for an evening show of pole dancing with eight incredible performers. MC Roz the Diva will take us on an a one-hour journey, in celebration of self-transformation and strength through the beauty of pole dancing.
In recognition of the current Adrienne Raquel exhibition, ONYX.
ONYX ventures beyond the societal stigma often associated with exotic dancing, and depicts a captivating narrative of femininity, sisterhood, self-transformation, and strength among the performers.
Members Cost: $20
Non-Members Cost: $44 (Includes Museum Admission)
Image Courtesy of Brynne Levy Photography
About Roz the Diva (MC/Host)
NASM certified Roz “The Diva” Mays has dedicated many late nights at the gym to becoming a stronger and healthier athlete. Pole dancing is her sport of choice to teach, followed by TRX, strength & conditioning, flexibility and personal training. Among her finest contributions to the pole world has been creating Dangerous Curves: A Celebration of Plus Size Pole Dancers. Her talents have lead to a SAG membership for professional stunt work in Law and Order: SVU, The Big C and an Adam Sandler movie. She loves to teach obnoxiously loud classes at Body & Pole and Crunch in New York City. Recently, she was a featured performer on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Season 10. When she isn’t half naked and sweaty, Diva’s usual making pancakes with Beyoncé.
About The Performers
Dalijah Franklin is a dancer, performer and obsessive life giver She loves to inspire women of color to dream big and achieve their goals. An Ohio native, She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition and Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture. Dalijah has been pole dancing for over 11 years and teaching all over the world. She is an instructor at the world renowned Body & Pole in New York City, the 2013 Level 3 champion of the Atlantic Pole Championships, the 2015 U.S Aerial Championship winner, 2015 top scoring female of Pole Theatre USA and 2019 Pole Sport Organization Dramatic Champion. Dalijah is the host of The Black Girl Fit Files Podcast and the founder of Black Girls Pole, a global movement diversifying the pole and aerial community by inspiring and educating women of color about Pole Fitness.
Marly Jay has always had a passion for dance and expression. Overtime her dance slowly transitioned into pole fitness which ignited some type of destiny in her. Her love of dance took off from there and began to blossom leading her to winning completions and even coaching others through their pole journeys. Her style of dance is more of painting a picture or just reading a story, creating an image in your head. Expression is her most valuable quality.
By day, she is Abigail Williams-Joseph, an aerial coach, a pole and aerial studio manager, and freshman graduate student at Columbia University who specializes in Theatre, Dance, and Aerial Arts. By night, she becomes Onyx Noir (formerly Onyx Black), a dancer and aerialist based in New York City. Like a predator in the wilds, she can be spotted in various places all over the concrete jungle. Be prepared to be thrilled and entertained by her sensual movement and thrilling, fearless nature.
Ashley Nicole is a native New Yorker and former sex worker. She currently teaches pole dancing and flexibility classes at Sweet Water Dance and Yoga in the Bronx. She is also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and hopes to work with the BIPOC and sex worker community upon graduation.
Dey Pheonix is a pole dance performer, stripper, instructor and advocate born and raised in New York City. Dey has danced for a number of shows and events such as Aerial EDGJ’s Pole Play NYC, Schtick A Pole In It!, The Lyfe Lounge (Baltimore), and Polari (Atlanta) queer strip clubs to name a few. Dey has also produced shows, including OUT TONIGHT! A Pole Retelling of Broadway’s RENT and Black Phoenix Nest. When Dey is not dancing, he serves as a spokesperson for the HIV Stops With Me campaign, and is the current board president of Impulse Group NYC.
Rodenellie Pluviose is a dancer and instructor from New York. Her friends call her Ro but once she puts on her 8inch heels call her Sinderella. When she’s not performing, catch her teaching pole and liquid motion at The Aerial Loft located in Mineola, Long Island. Stay connected with Ro and follow her on Instagram @its_roro
Simone Sylvester is a Brooklyn based teacher, artist, and mother. She spends most of her time creating curriculum to address biases in the classroom, finding space to dance and write for herself, and being present with her toddler. She’s a year into pole dancing postpartum and appreciates the deeper connection she now has with her body.