One of my most proudest affiliations is being born and raised in the Lower East Side and building a platform to give back to the youth in my community. Throughout my life thus far, I’ve been involved in the arts and I’m beyond grateful to have this gift because it helped me get through tough situations and gave me an outlet to express myself. As a young man, I’ve watched friends choose the wrong path leaving this world at a very young age, systems failing our youth, and the effort to silence the voice of our youth. This led me to become educated, motivated and inspired to create something bigger than myself and my only dream was to create that same opportunity for our younger generations.
I’m a proud graduate and received my Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Throughout my performing arts career, I’ve trained with programs like Rosie’s Theater Kids, Dancing Classrooms, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. I’ve performed in works choreographed by Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Robert Battle, Martin Lofsnes, Pedro Ruiz, Adrienne Hurd, Brenda Daniel, Kira Blazek, Alexei Kremenev, Maria Torres, Sekou McMiller and Susan Jaffe. I’ve acted in supporting roles in two movies called, Ben’s Plan and Just Like the Son, and performed on various TV shows like The View, Martha Stewart Show and The Rosie Show. I was an original company member with the Dancing Classrooms Youth Dance Company. I’ve taught at the Epic Dance Convention, Isadora Duncan Festival in Russia, Nina’s School of Dance, Broadway Dance Center Children Teen Program, Y @ WHEELS in Washington Heights and Marta Valle High School.
Many of these projects led me to form Dorill Initiative to teach youth the importance of arts education, but most importantly the art of giving back. I’ve always had a heartfelt passion for bringing awareness to social issues and I’m thankful that everyday I get to connect that passion with my love for the performing arts. We need to be that change.
Tareake Ramos, Founder