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Student Spotlight

LaKeshia Johnson

I am currently a Junior at Indiana University studying Folklore/Ethnomusicology and pursuing a Minor in Jacobs School of Music. Born in Mobile, AL and currently living in Anderson, IN, music has been an intricate part of my life. I have been a member of the African Chorale Ensemble now for three years along with participating in groups such as Voices of Hope and JMUSE (Just Making Use of Soulful Expressions). Post-Graduation I hope to attend Graduate School pursuing PR/Marketing and pursue my dreams of working heavily within a Record Label. Being a part of the African American Arts Institute has given me great insight, allowed growth, and has ultimately been a blessing to me and my career. I am eternally grateful for this institute and know that it will inspire more artists to get out there and follow their dreams.



Peyton Conners

Peyton Conners is a junior majoring in Recreational Therapy through the School of Public Health in hopes of one day becoming an Occupational Therapist. She graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis, where she found her love for music. During high school, she was in four musicals, the top all girl show choir and concert choir as well as the top mixed show choir and concert choir. She participated in the gospel choir as well. She’s been in the IU Soul Revue since her first semester of her freshman year. Her love for music, acting, dancing and performing has only continued to grow.





Alex Rhodes

Alex Rhodes is a sophomore from Indianapolis. She is currently studying at Indiana University majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with minors in Psychology and Dance. She has been dancing for seventeen years. She began her dancing career at Stage Door Dance Academy in Indianapolis and was also a member of the Pike Spectacular Dancers for four years at her high school. This will be her second year in the African American Dance Company as well as other dancing opportunities on campus. She has an enormous appreciation for what AADC does and is honored to be a part of it.