Art transcends mere aesthetics; it is an expression articulated through subtle nuances that engage with familiarity and exposition. As an Afro-Puerto Rican, storytelling is crucial for fostering unity and understanding within the community. Our communication skills carry valuable lessons. I aim to contribute to this tradition by broadening narratives through my unique perspective on the world, embracing interpretations that harmonize with diverse beliefs.

- Kar'mel Antonyo Wade Small

Raised in the South Bronx, Kar’mel Antonyo Wade Small initiated his dance journey with American and International Ballroom styles, introduced by Pierre Dulaine, Yvonne Rainer, & Otto Cappel's American Ballroom Theater (presently known as Dancing Classrooms) and Tatiana Keegan's tutelage respectively. He further honed his craft at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, where he received formal training in ballet, modern, and jazz. Continuing his pursuit of dance, Kar’mel graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance and Composition from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase. Kar’mel's performance venues include renowned spaces such as Jacob’s Pillow, The Joyce Theater, Symphony Space, Kaatsbaan, New York Live Arts, and Lincoln Center, among others. Notable choreographers he has performed works by include Kyle Abraham, Damani Pompey, Sidra Bell, Ohad Naharin, Kayla Farrish, Martha Graham, Keerati Jinakunwiphat, and Jerome Robbins. In addition to his stage work, Kar’mel has been featured in film and TV productions, including appearances on UNIVISION’s Despierta América, HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness, TELFAR TV, and more. His choreographic contributions extend to director Dean Irby’s rendition of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “The Brothers Size." Kar’mel's artistic endeavors are multifaceted, spanning film, photography, and music. His photography has graced The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he has showcased collaborative video projects, such as Interrupting The Divine, exploring the complexities of one's relationship with God, collaborated with Kyra Akia Naomi Ferguson and Claudius Richard Terry James. As a Chez Bushwick AiR recipient through the Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, he worked on his latest choreographic project and artistic journal, project:MEMORABILIA, and later joined A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham in October 2022.