April Thomas

IN RESIDENCE JUNE 24 - JULY 5, 2019

April is the Los Angeles recipient of the Creativity Connects grant from the National Endowment for the Arts through AIR Serenbe partner organizations Capita and WolfTrap. As part of the grant, recipients receive residencies from AIR Serenbe.

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Ms. April is a native of Spartanburg, SC and began her training at Howard University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts / Dance. She studied with Walter Nicks, Joan Myers Brown, Sandra Fortune-Green, Dr. Sherrill Berryman-Johnson, Kevin Iega Jeff, Harold Pierson, Assane Konte, Pat Thomas, Luther Fontaine and many others. April received a scholarship to study at the American Dance Festival and interned with prominent dance companies including David Rousseve/ Reality, Ronald K. Brown/ EVIDENCE, and Garth Fagan Dance Company. She joined the Lula Washington Dance Theatre in 2001where she still performs as a guest artist and serves as a Dance Instructor. She has since landed roles on BET’s Comic View, “That’s So Raven,” “Something New,” “Avatar,” “Bolden,” “Walk Hard,” “Raiding the Rock Vault,” “The NFL Show on FOX” and “Revival.” She has performed with Mary J. Blige, Usher, Beyonce, Shakira, Missy Elliott, Destiny’s Child, Snoop Dogg and Internationally with A.I. April is also an assistant to acclaimed choreographer Hi Hat in which she has assisted with various artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Sza, Pink, Shakira, Rihanna, Willow Smith, Selena Gomez, Starshell and for television shows “Victorious” and “Big Time Rush.” She also assists well-known choreographer, Cassie Crump, on various projects including the newly released film, “Revival.” Her choreographic credits include the film “Watermelon Heist” and “Testing,” an excerpt from the production of “You Don’t Know Me—An Urban Musical,” produced by Cedric the Entertainer and Bruce Willis. April also has video choreographic and Creative Director credits for artist Alfred Jackson’s “Control,” featuring Wendy Raquel Robinson and “Closer.” She is also a former member of One Body Dance Company where she shares testimonies through dance. April began working for Celerity Educational Group in 2011 as a Dance Instructor and now holds the position of Performing Arts Coordinator for ISANA Academies. She enjoys the opportunity to share her God given talent and knowledge with her students and to watch them grown in the arts and excel in their personal growth and accomplishments. April’s greatest achievements are the blessings that come from her two children, Tyler Wilkins and Kerrick Wilkins II. She believes that she “can do all things through Christ who strengthens” her. To God be the glory for all of her blessings.