Soul Circle wouldn’t be complete without the love, support, and dedication from our team

Meet Saharra Dixon

Founder & Executive Director

Saharra is an applied theatre artist, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), and Sexual Health Educator, primarily working in adolescent, maternal/child health, and Women’s health. She graduated with her BS in health Behavior Science from University of Delaware and MA in Educational Theatre/Applied Theatre from NYU Steinhardt. She recently founded Soul Circle Arts, a Women’s Arts and Health Collective in which she is very active. She continues to work in a Brooklyn-based nonprofit as a Sexual/Reproductive Health Educator. Her current work includes exploring the impact of art and culture on health, health research, and community development for public health and social justice.

Meet Whitney Bell

Assistant Director

Whitney Bell, MA is a Drama Therapist, Educator, and Community-Engaged Theater Artist. A recent graduate of NYU’s Drama Therapy Master’s program, she is passionate about holistic and sustainable approaches to healing within communities. She is excited about the capacity of theater and arts-based techniques to expand creativity and provide spaces for growth and exploration. She aims to create accessible, brave spaces for all those she serves to express themselves creatively and reclaim their power in support of our ongoing mental health.

Meet Janae

Classes: Zumba Lunch Breaks

Janae Lenette Smith is a Zumba® Education Specialist (ZES™) and Fitness Professional from Delaware. She became a licensed Zumba® Fitness Instructor in 2013 after discovering the program through the Zumba® Fitness video game on the Nintendo Wii. Janae is also a Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music Management, she decided to pursue fitness full time. Her motto is, “You are LIMITLESS.” To her, this means that nothing is impossible if you pray for it, work towards it, and believe in it. Her goal is to spread positivity and inspire others to follow their dreams, pursue their goals, and have confidence as they work towards becoming the best versions of themselves. 

Zumba® is an International Dance Fitness Program where we dance to music and rhythms from around the world. It’s an exercise in disguise; you don’t even realize you are working out because you are having so much fun! No dance or workout experience necessary! Grab your water and a towel and get ready to have an amazing time!

Meet Yasmeen

Arts in Health Programming Intern Fall 2020

My name is Yasmeen Duncan. I am a senior BFA acting and directing student from Detroit, MI. I have passion for arts and exploring the ways the arts can transform people. Theatre is an explanation of life to the living. It is about being human.

Anything human is mentionable, anything mentionable is manageable

Mister Fred Rogers

Meet Mary

Arts in Health Programming Intern Fall 2020

I am a self-proclaimed “Blerd” and have been interested in the arts since I was a child from singing on the choir, being on the dance team, writing short stories, and acting in school plays. As a future public health professional, I’m interested in arts in health along with the intersection between the media and culture. My target population is Black women and girls. I aspire to start my own non-profit organization centered around making mental healthcare and treatment more accessible for low-income and at-risk youth. I like to try new things and I consider myself a free spirit. I graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations in Psychology & Criminology from Johnson C. Smith University. I’m currently in my final year at NYU School of Global Public Health getting my MPH with a Concentration in Community Health Science & Practice.

Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself

George Bernard Shaw