WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES
BELLYDANCERS OF
COLOR COLLECTIVE


Bellydancers of Color Collective (BOCC) was founded in 2017 by Adina Gittens-Smith and Leila Rosado Nelson to celebrate and restore the dance lineage of bellydancers throughout the diaspora of African people—to connect and honor the artistic human experience, strength and beauty of people of color through the art of bellydance, drum, and other traditional dance forms. We believe in shaping the lives of people through dance, especially helping women embrace and love all of who they are—physically, mentally and spiritually.

Bellydancing is considered to be the oldest form of dance by many historical experts, and roots of the dance have been traced to Africa. BOCC seeks to collaborate and connect dancers of color throughout the world – shifting the story of the dance and connecting back to its source.

Traditionally, bellydancing was always performed by women, for women. It was never a sexual display performed for men like many people believe. In fact, in most cases, the presence of men was not permitted. (Now – seduction is a fringe benefit 😊!)  Bellydancing was performed during fertility and pre-marriage ceremonies. Women would gather and celebrate each other’s beauty, femininity, and stage in life, such as entering womanhood or preparing for marriage.

In 2004, Adina and Leila were introduced to the sacred art of bellydance in Washington, DC at Mamasitas Dance & Wellness Studio. At a young age, both had fallen in love with the beauty of dance, and both felt an immediate connection to the art of bellydance and the people they met at Mamasitas. Under the tutelage of Dr. Sunyatta Amen and Sharhira Jones, they fully embraced the joy, passion, technique, acceptance, and feminine power of Afro-Caribbean Fusion bellydance. Adina and Leila were certified in Bellydance Instruction in 2014 by Dr. Sunyatta Amen.

 

BOCC specializes in Afro-Caribbean Fusion Bellydancing classes, events, and performances. All levels of dancers are welcome! BOCC believes dance is a moving meditation, a healing salve to the soul that opens energy channels so prana flows freely and keeps us young. We believe bellydancing brings vitality to our physical bodies, and when revered as sacred, becomes a manifestation of the Divine in action. We teach you how to shimmy up joy from your soul and have fun swaying your hips while working up a sweat! Your inner girly goddess will enjoy the moves, passion and grace that celebrate all the goodness that comes with womanhood.

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PRUDEN GLOBAL BUSINESS
SOLUTIONS CONSULTING, LLC

Dr. Karen Hills Pruden is the Chief Human Resource Officer for a Virginia university. As the Founder of Pruden Global Business Solutions Consulting, she is known as the Career Elevation Expert for women seeking senior leadership positions.  An award-winning human resource executive, she has been recognized by the governor of Virginia. In 2020, she was listed as one of the Most Influential African Americans on LinkedIn. She is a Certified Diversity Executive with several books reaching Amazon #1 Bestsellers List.  Through her work, she demystifies the leadership employment recruitment process through coaching programs, online classes, webinars, books and speaking engagements.

ORBS ROYAL TREATMENT

This is a time of excitement and joy! If you have ever wanted to do something grand, let us show you the ORB’s Royal Treatment. Our job is to provide you with the most elegant occasion, the trademark of ORB’s Royal Treatment.  Remember, everyone has a fantasy of being treated like Royalty if only for one day. My company would like the opportunity to assist you in planning your Wedding, Business or Special Event. My name is Olenthia R. Boardley, President of Orbs Royal Treatment – I am a Certified Wedding Planner (CWP) Events Professional, member of the Leadership Team and Author “Moving at the Speed of Me”. My company would like the opportunity to assist you in planning your Wedding, Business or Special Events.

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JETT SPEAKS

If you are a woman or a person of color looking to transform your career, your business, or your financial state, you have come to the right place. I am an attorney, a former senior executive at several Fortune 500 companies, and now the Founder and CEO of a multi-million dollar international firm in the financial services industry.

As a first-generation student from very humble beginnings, success did not come easy for me. It took hard work, but more importantly it required a strategic plan. Over the course of my career I have learned the unwritten rules, strategies and tools to secure my own success. I can help you too. Through Jett Speaks I am speaking out and sharing those secrets to help women and People of Color around the globe excel professionally and financially. My goal is to help one million minorities transform their lives with my signature systems for career development, entrepreneurship, and financial wellness.

I invite you to engage with me by booking me as a speaker at your conference, your company or your church or by investing in my group coaching sessions or my signature courses. This is your time to do all you can do to be all you can be. I look forward to engaging with you!

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