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Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy offers dance scholarship to ULMII winner

Chris Brown goes to Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy to see the dancers.

*Debbie Allen’s Academy of Dance (DADA) joined a long list of sponsors offering a prize to the winners of the 2022 edition Uplifting Minds II Entertainment Conference (ULMII)national talent competition. DADA is offering the winner of the dance category 10 classes at Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy. Other categories of the “ULMII” competition include singing, songwriting and acting and performers have 4 minutes to show off their talents in front of the “ULMII” industry panelists.

Debbie Allen is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning dancer/actress (“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, “West Side Story”). The Debbie Allen Dance Academy (3791 Santa Rosalia Drive, 90008) is affectionately known as DADA. The winner will receive professional dance training at one of the best institutions offering dance lessons for tap, hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet and flamenco.

The Dance Academy, a 501(c)3 organization, was founded by Debbie Allen in 2001 and its popularity in performing and dance training is now recognized, prompting artists such as Grammy winner Chris Brown , to stop to see the dancers. DADA’s board of directors at one time included entertainment industry giants such as Suzanne DePasse, Quincy Jones, her sister Phylicia Rashad, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington. Karen McDonald is the director of the Academy. Karen is gifted in modern dance and has been teaching in Los Angeles for over 25 years. McDonald also taught at the prestigious California Institute of Art.

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Debbie visited the ‘ULMII’ entertainment conference when it was held at Baldwin Hills Plaza from 2001-2004 to announce a show at her academy conducted by Dave Scott (Step it Up2), and what the academy had to offer dance competitors at ULMII. That year, 2003, guest panelists included Grammy winner Brenda Russell and rap legend MC Lyte.

Held annually in Baltimore and Los Angeles, “Uplifting Minds II” provides a platform to showcase budding young talent (singing, songwriting, dancing and acting) in a competitive environment that elicits top performances. It also provides information on entertainment professions to the panel of professionals in the sector. As a result, the event is known for its panelists and wide array of developed and developing talent such as Grammy-winning Miguel, songwriters/producers The Featherstones (Chris Brown), Starz Network’s Naturi Naughten and Disney’s RoShon Fegan.

One winner in each category is selected at each conference in 2022 (Baltimore via Zoom Saturday April 16 and Los Angeles via Zoom Saturday November 5and). Along with the “ULMII Best Artist Award” and DADA Fellowship, this year’s awards will also include a “Free Public Relations and/or Business Management Strategy/Consultation” from Dr. Eunice Moseley, Senior Strategist at Freelance Associates, PRSA (; “free entertainment contract consultation” from Baltimore-based entertainment business magnate Paul Gardner, II (; multi-award-winning VIP “free music track and studio time” (Dust Dem AFF Productions); “free voice or acting coaching” from performing arts specialist Nadiyah Kareem (Superstar Entertainment.); Hollywood attorney Richard Jefferson’s “free music contract package” (, and “free artist management consultation” from artist manager Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs (

Media sponsors include (over 185,000 visitors per week); (over 160,000 visits per week), The Baltimore Times (over 80,000 readers per week) and Doresa Harvey of Magic 95.9FM – host in 2022.

To see if you qualify to participate in the next ULMII Entertainment Conference National Talent Contest, log on to or email [email protected].

You can also call 562-424-3836 and ask for the ULMII event coordinator. www.UpliftingMinds2com

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