Artist in Residence Program
Jimmy Locust has worked with top entertainment industry stars such as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Quincy Jones and Debbie Allen. He has been featured in iconic music videos and films including Rhythm Nation 1814 and the wedding dance sequence of Coming to America. He has performed at the Grammy Awards, Academy Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. Mr. Locust was one of the head choreographers for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta (opening and closing ceremonies) and was nominated for an American Choreography Award in 2001 for his work on the Warner Brothers’ network television show Nikki. Locust has choreographed commercials for both international and national companies, including Sanyo in Japan with Nicholas Cage and most recently, Rapid Advance in the U.S. He worked on the Justin Bieber Tour in 2010 and choreographed for the CW Television Network’s The Next with hosts John Rich, Joe Jonas, Nelly and Gloria Estefan. For the stage, Locust has choreographed successful theater and high school productions. He has designed dance curricula for numerous community and private education programs and has been a studio owner and master teacher for over fourteen years. He is Artistic Director/Owner of Locust Performing Arts Center in Stamford, Connecticut and Locust Dance Academy in Miramar, Florida. Locust is Founder and Director of Harmony Nation, an educational anti-bullying program that performs for schools and youth organizations. He also directs Locust Contemporary Dance Works, a youth company which performs in New York City, as well as Hip Hop's Finest and FOCUS Hip Hop preprofessional groups. Locust was appointed by the renowned Boca Ballet Theatre in Florida as a returning faculty member for their summer residency program. Locust was also selected to be an adjudicator (2015) and Artist-in-Residence (2016-present) for JCC Maccabi Games Artsfests across the country. Locust’s multi-faceted lifestyle is chronicled in his series Locust Under 5’.
Mr. Henry Jones is a gifted writer, artist, musician, and master of African Drum and Dance instruction. Mr. Jones has over 25 years of experience teaching music and has led many classes for students of all abilities in our area. We are fortunate to be collaborating with Mr. Jones to bring his knowledge, experience, and insight to the Westover community.
Our World Music & Art residency program gives our students an exciting and transformative exploration of drumming, songs, crafts, and art from West Africa. Students will discover the various cultures represented in class and represent the various cultures throughout the classroom space. The program aims to enrich our students' lives by creating a flourishing cultural art program emphasizing diversity and responsible world citizenship. By exposing students to various cultures, we aim to broaden their understanding of our others and embrace a life of empowerment and critical thinking.
Steel Pan Program Coming This Fall!
Earl Brooks Jr. is an internationally recognized and exceptionally skilled pannist specializing in the steel pan instrument. His musical journey began at a very young age, with his first documented performance at the age of three. Earl's early experiences included performing at various functions and competitions, showcasing his talent, and positioning him to become a master pannist.
As a cultural ambassador, Earl has had the privilege of performing and accompanying renowned musicians such as his father, Earl Brooks Senior, Dr. Len 'Boogsie Sharpe' Sharpe, Etienne Charles, Arturo Tappin, and Cheryl Pepsii Riley, among others. He has toured extensively with the Exodus Steel Orchestra, including tours in Japan, Europe, and Senegal. Earl has also performed at notable events, including Bob Marley's 75th birthday celebration at the Legendary Hope Road and Dubai Expo 2020.
Earl's musical accomplishments span a wide range of projects and collaborations. He has arranged music for various groups, including St. Augustine Senior Secondary Comprehensive School and the Exocubs Youth Steel Orchestra. Earl's work has been featured on albums such as "STEEL LOVE" by Yoichi Watanabe and Pelham Goddard's "Agra Jazz." He has also been a part of Merry Rockers' debut album and served as a featured soloist on Etienne Charles' "Black Echo V Steel."
In addition to his performances, Earl's educational contributions include teaching at the Brooklyn Center for The Arts and establishing the Brooks Arts Academy, which aims to educate and create opportunities for young musicians in the music industry. Earl is currently working on publishing his debut album and aspires to be recognized globally as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and educator in the music business. He also plans to pursue a doctorate degree in the future.
Through his diverse musical talents and dedication to his craft, Earl Brooks Jr. continues to make a significant impact, captivating audiences with his performances and representing various genres as a well-rounded musical artist.