Bianca Green is a dancer, choreographer, model, and actor with over a decade and a half of experience in the industry. Originally from Chicago, IL, she has performed throughout the Midwest at fashion shows & special events. While living in Chicago, she was a member of RH School of Performing Arts Next Level, and the Domino Effect dance group. Bianca recently relocated to Lansing, MI, and brought her dance & modeling studio, 24 Karat Talent to Michigan’s Capital City.
At 24 Karat Talent, Bianca teaches a variety of classes & workshops including Beginner & Intermediate Modeling, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, & Contemporary. Her goal with these classes is to help aspiring young Mid-Michigan based dancers & models gain access to the same opportunities she was afforded in the big city. Bianca also teaches a Wine & Heels Class where attendees can kick back and let off steam, as well as a Female Empowerment Heels Class that focuses on building self-esteem & confidence.
A devoted wife & mother, Bianca studied Drama & Theatre at Prairie State College before embarking on her career. As a dancer, she has performed with Missy Elliott at the BET Hip Hop Awards, as a background dancer for Rapper, Singer & Songwriter Tink, and was featured in the Bud Billiken Parade, the largest African-American Parade in the United States. Her modeling credits include being a part of the American Beauty Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Pro Beauty Hair Show in Atlanta, as a painted statue at the Arts Institute in Chicago, for the Black Women’s Expo, and was featured in Blackhair Magazine as a model for Avlon. As an actor, she has been on such notable shows as NBC’s trifecta of Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and as a patient on Chicago Med. She also appeared as a background singer, dancer, and stand-in on 3 seasons of Fox’s hit show Empire.
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Allison Spooner is an accomplished writer and author from Lansing, MI. Her first book, Flash in the Dark: A Collection of Flash Fiction was released in 2018, and her second book, The Problem With Humans: And Other Stories was released in September of 2019. Allison specializes in flash fiction (stories told in less than 1,000 words) and bringing worlds, characters, and stories to life in as few words as possible. Aside from her books, Allison’s work has also been featured in the science fiction anthology, Future Visions. Allison has integrated writing in almost every aspect of her life, from work, to fun, and even in her sleep, as many of her story ideas come from her dreams.
Allison holds a degree in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University, and gives presentations & workshops on how to use Flash Fiction to break through writer’s block. For the past decade, Allison has also been using her passion for words and writing to tell the stories of businesses across Michigan. She has written for various publications including, Capital Gains, Greater Lansing Business Monthly, Startup Lansing, and Rapid Growth.
Allison uses her words to connect with others the way she felt connected to books and stories as a child. She is the co-founder and co-host of The Creative Collective in Mason, MI, an open-mic designed to motivate & inspire writers to achieve their goals. Some of her personal goals are to be featured on future book tours, getting her stories adapted to television & film, and to create a Mid-Michigan writers room for the next generation of writers.
Allison has a passion for helping others feel their best and thrive even at their worst. She is the creator of the Three to Thrive Fulfillment Theory: the idea is that there are three things about you, three core things that you need to take care of, nourish, and keep in alignment, in order to truly thrive. When she isn’t writing, Allison loves doing yoga, watching movies, spending time with her family, and spoiling her baby, a miniature schnauzer named Luna.
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Morgan Madden is a spoken word artist, poet, lyricist, and founder of Mad Man Poetics. Born and raised in Mason, MI, Morgan is a second generation artist, and seventh generation Lansing resident. He released his first album “Qualifiers” in June of 2018. The album features Morgan’s poem “An Ode to the 517”, which has become an anthem for residents of Mid-Michigan.
Morgan has collaborated with multiple local & national musical artists including “The Devil’s Cut”. He has also been featured on the Lansing Public Media Center’s City TV. Morgan has performed throughout the Capital City at venues such as REO Town Art Attack, The Poetry Room at The Robin Theatre, The Artist’s Umbrella at The Loft, the grand opening of The Fledge in Lansing, and at Lansing Brewing Company’s 2018 New Year’s Party.
In 2019, Morgan got the opportunity to perform at the State Capital Building, the most recognizable symbol of the city he loves. Morgan is proud of his Lansing lineage, and of the contributions his family & ancestors have made on the city & the region. Through his art and creativity, Morgan is leaving his own indelible mark on Michigan’s Capital City, and The 517 as a whole.
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