Halcyon E. Hoagland
Halcyone holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management (Columbia College, 1998) and a joint Master's degree in Business Administration and Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Florida International University , 2007)
Hailing from the British West Indian island of Jamaica, she began dancing before she could walk. She is a certified Pilates instructor and a trained dancer in classical ballet, jazz, Dunham technique, Jamaican folk, Haitian folk, and Afro-Contemporary styles of dance. She is as well as a strict devotee of Trinidad carnival, a writer, arts manager, and scholar of Caribbean and Latin American Studies. See her musings on being a 'white' Jamaican here. She is the founder of Abeng Arts, an Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management company devoted to artist booking, development, and arts consulting.
Ms. Hoagland began presenting the performing arts at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the historic Chicago Cultural Center in 1998. In 2000, she returned to her alma mater, Columbia College, to present DanceAfrica Chicago, one of the largest festivals of African and African Diaspora heritage in North America.
Her mission, through Abeng Arts, is to continuously explore intersections between business, technology, and the development of global artistry and creativity.
Her academic work on the Caribbean region’s cultural industries has been published by the Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM). After moving to South Florida in 2004, She has continued presenting arts and cultural projects, including the recent U.S. premieres of Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? and Calypso Dreams, which boasted a sold-out houses and successful collaboration between academic, business, and civic organizations.
She lives in Miami where she teaches Pilates, Zumba, and is an active member of both Caribbean Studies Association and Florida International University's Business School Alumni Association.