The Tidwell Project, Incorporated

Bringing the performing arts to disadvantaged youth.

Success Stories

Sean Porter

A native of Arkansas, he received his dance training from The Center for the Arts under the instruction of Michael Tidwell. Sean continued his dance training at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he received his BA in Theater Arts and Dance. Sean has been a member of the Tidwell Project dance company for multicultural youth for the past nine years. Over the past eight years Sean has mentored students toward self-development and personal achievement through coaching and choreographing for Cheer City United. In addition, Sean has expanded his breadth of choreography experience by working with various high schools throughout the state of Arkansas.

Gierre Godley

Gierre is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. While in Arkansas he trained with C. Michael Tidwell and Arleen Sugano. Gierre also had the privilege to train at the Ailey School and with Deeply Rooted Dance Production in Chicago, IL. Gierre is currently the Co-Artistic Director of his own repertory duet company, Sobers & Godley. As a choreographer, Gierre has set many works on students while pursuing his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Currently he serves as Resident Choreographer, alongside Simone Sobers, for Sobers & Godley. Together their work has been presented at the DUMBO Festival, Movement Research Open Showing, Green Spaces Take Root, Let’s Dance! East Flatbush Dance Festival, The Atlas Theatre, The Wildwood Performing Arts Center in Little Rock, AR and the Zion Arts Centre in Manchester, England. Recently, Gierre began his solo choreographic career with Project 44, an all-male project by project dance troupe.

Destiney Peters

Destiney Peters is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. She has performed and taught for more than 15 years in the areas of ballet, jazz, modern, tap, lyrical and liturgical dance. She received formal training at the Centre for the DansArts in Little Rock, AR under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell, to whom she credits her development as a dancer. Destiney was a member of The Tidwell Project for 10 years and a dance instructor at the center for 8 years teaching all age groups. After high school, Destiney was accepted into the modern dance program at the University of Oklahoma under the direction of Denise Vale and Derek Minter. She auditioned and became a member of the OU modern dance company. Destiney later returned to Little Rock where she received a minor in dance performance from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Currently, she is the Owner/Director of Steps of Grace Dance Ministry, which has been in existence since 2007. She has conducted workshops and choreographed dance pieces for local ministries through Steps of Grace. Destiney is a 6 year member of Before His Throne Dance Ministry at the Potter's House in Dallas, Texas. She has also danced and collaborated with Mickye Castillo, director of Freedom in the Dance and Before His Throne. She has taught technique classes at the Potter's House annual conference "Alive" since its inception. Destiney is passionate about cultivating individuals with a love for dance through technical training.

Dorse` Brown

From a 5th season appearance on “So You Think You Can Dance”, Dorse`s dancing career began at age 7 in his native Arkansas being mentored by Clarence Michael Tidwell at the Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High. Currently a dance major at the University of Memphis, Dorse` has been a leader at the Museum of Black Arkansans & Performing arts Center and was president of B.A.D. (Builders of A Dream) Little Rock King Team, a community-based organization which teaches principles of non-violence. In addition to teaching dance at the Fire House Community Arts Academy, Dorse` performs professionally with Infinity, a hip-hop dance group which he founded in affiliation with the Urban Alliance Dance Association. Currently, Dorse` teaches jazz, tap, and hip hop in the Dance and Movement Program with the  the Memphis Black Arts Alliance that services ages 2 to senior adults.

Eric Williams

Eric Williams is in his second season at Western Arkansas Ballet. He has trained and studied all forms of dance, having attended various workshops across the country. He trained under Michael Tidwell and was a principle dancer in the Tidwell Project and has danced and performed for many companies including: LA Culture Shock, a Nike Sponsored Hip-Hop Dance Team in Los Angeles, California, and the Nathan Burtons Comedy Magic Show in Osaka, Japan, NGK Theatre. His teaching credits include: Showbiz Convention as Master teacher for “The Class”, Instructor and Dance Coach for Hot Springs, AR, School District, Hip-Hop instructor for North Little Rock School of Dance, and Miss Sharon’s in Jacksonville, AR. Mr. Williams has also choreographed award winning pieces for dance studios all over the country.  He is currently still touring with Star Systems Talent in backstage production.

Patrick Smith

Patrick K. Smith, artistically known as "PK", hails from Little Rock, AR. He received a B.A. in Music from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. PK’s early dance training is from Little Rock's Horace Mann Arts and Science Magnet Jr. High School & Centre for the DansArts--both under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell. In addition to his gift of dance, Patrick has composed musical scores for several ballets and has collaborated with various recording artists.  In 2010, Patrick received the Director's Award for Outstanding Service to Dallas Black Dance Theatre II. Currently, Patrick serves as Musical Director for the production of Shake & Shout: It’s Broadway and as Rehearsal Director of the Atlanta Dance Connection.

Committee Members

Rita Bailey, Esq.

Krameelah Banks, Ph.D.

Miriam Bernard

Stephanie Branton

Nancy Collins, M.D.

Renee` Crater

Whitney Crater

Connie Curry

Joe Hargrove, M.D.

Frances Harris, M.D.

Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D.

Courtney Johnson, D.D.S..

Tiffany Mays O'Guinn, Esq.

Donell Meadows

Alicia Smith

Alonzo Williams, M.D.

Susan Williams

Bettye Williamson

Michelle Williamson

Advisory Committee

Annette Fisher

Marianne Flammang

Diane Johnson

Pat Jones

Groesbeck Parham, M.D.

Patricia Sumler

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