Art is not only about aesthetic, but about articulation through nuance that play with familiarity and exposition. As an Afro-Puerto Rican, sharing stories have been vital for creating a sense of unity and understanding for community. Our ability to communicate comes with a lesson to remember well. I aspire to continue that by expanding the stories using my perspective of the world and open to it interpretations that balance many partisan beliefs.

- Kar'mel Antonyo Wade Small

Raised in the South Bronx, Kar’mel Antonyo Wade Small began his dance training with American and International Ballroom. With this experience, Kar’mel attended the prolific Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School to start his formal training in ballet, modern, and jazz. Kar’mel then went on to become a student of the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance and Composition.

Kar’mel has gone to perform in spaces such as Jacob’s Pillow, The Joyce Theater, Symphony Space, Kaatsbaan, New York Live Arts, The Neuberger Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Slippery Rock University, Princeton University, Central Park for NYC SummerStage, and at venues located in Washington, D.C. and Bermuda.

Kar’mel has performed works by Kyle Abraham, Damani Pompey, Kayla Farrish, Ohad Naharin, Sidra Bell, Roderick George, Kevin Wynn, Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins, Eleo Pomare, Merce Cunningham, Beatrice Capote, Kimberly Bartosik, Enrique Cruz DeJesus, Nathan Trice, Michelle Thompson Ulerich, Sarah Elgart, Dava Huesca, Kristina Diaz, and Terre Dance Collective.

Kar’mel has choreographed for director Dean Irby’s version of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “The Brothers Size”— featuring Colby Hollman, Diata Coleman, and Thomas Walter Booker.

Along with stage work, Kar’mel has been featured in film and TV work including UNIVISION’s Despierta América, HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness, Diners Club International, TELFAR TV, and KAYE’s music video Neon God.

In January 2022, Kar’mel assisted in promoting Nicole von Arx’s NVA & Guest NYC Winter Workshop as both a participator and videographer. By June of 2022, Kar'mel was a Chez Bushwick AiR recipient through the Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, working as a freelance artist to choreograph for his latest artistic work, project:MEMORABILIA. Kar'mel has joined A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham in October 2022.

Kar'mel's photography work has been shown in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A still from 'Interrupting The Divine', a collaborative video project that discusses one's wavering relationship with God and their desire to unravel the nuances of this tumultuous experience, was presented during the summer of 2022. The project involved Kyra Akia Naomi Ferguson as the concept writer and lead performer; Claudius Richard Terry James as the costume designer and performer; and Kar'mel as the videographer and musical composer.

Kar'mel has recently performed for Kayla Farrish at the Josie Robertson Plaza of Lincoln Center on Saturday, September 17, 2022, in collaboration with St. Ann's Warehouse, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic, School of American Ballet, and The Juilliard School for Little Amal Walks NYC. This event included a 12-foot tall puppet depicting a 10-year-old refugee from war-torn Syria. Directed by Tea Alagić. Follow their steps here.

Piloting his own dance initiative, K.A.W.S. the Movement, Kar'mel desires to showcase an involvement with those interested to fuse acrobatic, Dancesport Ballroom, and improvisational styles of dance, as well as other mediums of art.