Our Profiles


Leonard Epps

Leonard Epps

Leonard Epps is a 1991 Yaboo Rites Of Passage Initiate who has been an educator in Hartford Public Schools for the past 32 years. He specializes in African/African American history and percussion.


Reynolds Jr

Scholars were given pre/final assessments on retaining and understanding of proper fundamentals, techniques, and different styles with Hip Hop Dance. Scholars showcased what they’ve learned during special school performances and end of year examinations


Jaeme Brennan McDonald

Jaeme Brennan McDonald is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and music production engineer. Jaeme received his bachelor’s degree in music production from Berklee College of Music, and is a teaching artist at the CREC Academy of the Arts Middle School and recording instructor for Capital Community College Continuing Education. Mr. McDonald has toured internationally with blues dub project Little Axe, and has worked with a myriad of established regional and national acts including The Bandshes, Tang Sauce, Jeff Pitchell, Unlocking the Truth and Doug Wimbish (bassist of Living Colour). He writes and performs music under the stage name JME Strchild, and was also the founder and musical director of Purple Luscious Love, a tribute to the music ofPrince from 2017 to 2019.

Priscilla Machado-Daniels

Priscilla Machado-Daniels’ life was transformed in 2006 when she was lead back to dance. She graduated in 2005 with a M.ED. in Psychology/Higher Education from Springfield College in pursuit of a promising career in sciences and higher education. After a 10-year hiatus from studying dance, she felt she had to return. Performing arts is an amazing tool to connect and share with all people. Her dance background includes training at Neighborhood Music School, Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Broadway Dance Center, Matthew Westerby Dance Company in New York, local community dance programs, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Central Connecticut State University Dance department, and the Morning Glory Christian Dance Academy . She has also studied Horton technique for seven years under the mentorship of Freddie Moore Faculty at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.