photo by: Ayodele Casel
Shayla Caldwell is a native of New Haven, CT. She began dancing at a very young age with mother, dance teacher, and mentor, Shari Caldwell. After being introduced to Guinean culture by Aly Tatchol Camara she became heavily influenced by traditional West African dance. Shayla was further introduced to various styles of dance, choreographers, as well as composition while attending the Educational Center for the Arts and Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts. She studied briefly in the BFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University before joining Ronald K. Brown/ EVIDENCE in 2011. After 6 years with the company, she was promoted to assistant rehearsal director. She has found the balance between concert and commercial work through touring and teaching hip hop styles. She is currently EVIDENCE Rehearsal Director and Guest Artist as well as an adjunct professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.