Okiki is the Creative Director and Founder of Arts Alive Thrive!, a creative platform for all types of artists from all artistic backgrounds in dance, music, and drama. This multi-disciplinary performer has established a domain for herself throughout her two-decade career within the entertainment industry. Having studied classical dance extensively since the age of four, Okiki has since used her skills to teach and motivate others to develop their own talents and goals, as well as her own.
Staying true and committed to her craft, this eventually led her to further expand her studies at a post secondary level. After she received her B.A. from York University, Okiki continued to fine-tune her skill sets by attending Ryerson University’s 3-year Theatre-Dance program in Toronto. While the emphasis was on the dance disciplines of ballet, modern and jazz, she also focused on vocal training as well as acting. After graduation, she received the Graduate Faculty Award for “Commitment and Excellence in Dance.”
Her theatre credits include performing in Disney’s Theatrical Broadway Production of “The Lion King” in Toronto, as well as the lead actress in “The Lady Smith,” at the MAI Theatre in Montreal. This led not only to an award nomination for “Best Show” at the “Sounds of Blackness Awards,” but it also led her to pursue and expand in many other genres, which now include on-going appearances in film and television, as well as numerous commercials and voiceover performances.
Okiki has worked with students from recreational to advanced levels including pre-professional and professional levels. She has collaborated extensively with dancers and rhythmic gymnasts, as well as actors to enhance their overall level of performance through dance and movement. As an EI Business Consultant to those aspiring to be in the entertainment industry, her focus, drive and passion have assisted many of her students and clients to maximize their path to success...The goal of Arts Alive Thrive is “To Nurture The Essence Of Artistic Expression.”