About Us

The mission Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts (EMIA), a subsidiary of the not-for-profit Diversity of Dance, Inc., is to provide an environment where student artists from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds can achieve the highest levels of excellence through positive collaborations with teachers and peers. The mission is achieved through its summer intensive, residencies, workshops, and its Workforce program. EMIA's teachers and staff insure that every student is welcomed and celebrated in a non-competitive environment. The institute strives to build a community of dance which enables each student to connect both technically and spiritually with their own art and individuality, one where they can feel safe to learn and grow in preparation for the challenges that lie ahead for them in the world of dance, the workplace, and life.



Summer Intensive Highlights


Fredrick Earl Mosley, choreographer, teacher and dancer is the founder and artistic director of Diversity of Dance, Inc. In 1998, DoD became a not-for-profit organization concentrating on dance education. The major focus of the organization is Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts (EMIA) which offers residencies and workshops, and conducts a summer intensive at The Marvelwood School in Kent, CT. Born in Raleigh, NC, Mr. Mosley began his dance training at the North Carolina School of the Arts. After relocating to New York City, he trained at the Ailey School and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Soon his professional performing experience grew to include the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble (Ailey II), Gus Soloman's Dance and Ron Brown's Evidence Dance Inc. Mr. Mosley's choreographic credits include such established companies as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Dallas Black Theater, American Dance Theater Studio Company Edge Works Dance Theater. He received praise from New York Post critic Clive Barnes and New York Times critic Anna Kisselgoff for his work "Days Past, Not Forgotten" premiered in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's City Center 1997 season. New York Times critic Jennifer Dunning called his 2000 premier of "Lil' This, Lil' That" "an evening of crackling imagination, hilarity and terrific performing." Mr. Mosley was laughed to national acclaim for his world premier ballet- "Saddle Up!" set on The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2007 City Center Season, NY, New York! New York Sun Dance Critic Joel Lobenthal writes:" It's usually to the audience's benefit that Mosley lets his imagination run where it pleases."

During Mr. Mosley's performing career a passion for teaching was born. His giving spirit led him to guest teach at some of the most noted conservatories and institutions of higher learning in the United States and abroad, among them University of Oklahoma; University of Kansas City, Missouri; Wesleyan University; S.U.N.Y. at Purchase; Interlochen Center for the Arts; Virginia Commonwealth University; Alvin Ailey/Fordham University; Long Island University, Brooklyn; Ohio University; Santa Fe Community College; Yale University; and New York University; Tokyo School of Music in Japan; and the Sadler Wells Theater Senior Citizen Ensemble in London. Mr. Mosley's greatest love is to work with teenagers. He was named Teacher of the Year by Dance Teacher magazine in 2005. In addition to teaching engagements across the country, he has worked with students in Connecticut for the past ten years. He is the artistic director of the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment program, Life Dance Company - A Vision Reborn, a student-led dance company in Waterbury, CT.

Board of Directors

Diversity of Dance, Inc. wishes to thank its Board of Directors for their commitment and generosity leading EMIA and all the other projects to bring the highest level of excellence in providing learning and growth opportunities for young dancers from around the world.

  • Brian Harlan Brooks
  • Lorey Cavanaugh
  • George Coleman
  • Dana Dorman
  • Wayne Lavender
  • Fredrick Earl Mosley
  • Mary Jo Peterson
  • Charmian Place
  • Sheryl Pollard Thomas
  • Wanda Wiig
  • Support

    EMIA is honored to be generously sponsored over the past seven years by The National Endowment for the Arts; The Connecticut Department of Education in collaboration with Education Connection; the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board; other foundations; and many individuals. They have our deepest appreciation for making the work of EMIA and Diversity of Dance possible. To add YOUR support please check out our Support Us page.

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