An exploration and investigation of a mental health journey: With Ronald A. Taylor and Michelle Herbert


Live on CIUT 89.5 FM

Airing Date: May 24, 2023
Hosted By: Nicole Inica Hamilton

Producer: Nicole Inica Hamilton
Assistant Production Manager/ Editor:  Amber Downie-Back

Featured Guest(s): Ronald A. Taylor and Michelle Herbert

On this episode, guests Ronald A. Taylor (Ronald Taylor Dance), and Michelle Herbert (Black Mental Health Canada) discuss the investigation of mental health illness of Caribbean persons, living in Canada. This episode also opens up shares from Taylor who reflects on his personal psychosis diagnosis, and the journey that followed. This broadcast is  presented in partnership by dance Immersion, and Turn Out Radio.

About Ronald A. Taylor

Ronald A. Taylor is the Artistic Director of the Toronto-based company Ronald Taylor Dance (formerly known as Canboulay Dance Theatre) founded in 1993. Taylor’s talent was first nurtured by the late Astor Johnson of the innovative Repertory Dance Theatre (Trinidad). After leaving Trinidad and Tobago, the birthplace of internationally acclaimed dance pioneers Geoffrey Holder and Beryl McBurnie, Taylor enrolled in the renowned The Juilliard School – Dance division in New York. Under Héctor Zaraspe, international ballet master and private teacher to Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, Taylor graduated with a BFA in Dance. His stay with Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) afforded him two prestigious awards – the DTH Scholarship Award and the Maxwell and Muriel Bluck Scholarship Award.  Taylor moved to Canada in the early ’90’s and emerged as a leading force in Black Dance. During that period, he turned his focus on training new graduates in theater and dance, at the same time collaborating with the umbrella of dance organization “Dance Immersion”. True to his Caribbean roots, his work fuses Modern with Folk, and traditional Ballet in a distinctive style which Taylor describes as “Contemporary Caribbean”. Ronald has successfully pursued a Master of Arts degree at York University. In his capacity as dance educator, Taylor taught at York’s Faculty of Fine Arts and at designated school programs across Ontario, Western Canada, Belize, USA and parts of the Caribbean. He was also selected to be part of The Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California, a program internationally recognized as one of the eminent artist residency programs for artists of superior talent, who are chosen from a diverse range of backgrounds and geographical locations.

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About Black Mental Health Canada

Black Mental Health Canada (BMHC) is a volunteer, non-profit, community base organization that was founded in 2019 to help meet the mental health needs of the diverse Black communities in Canada.

BMHC is aware that there are numerous threats to the mental health of the Black community as result oppression, anti Black racism and other forms of racism and racial trauma, and that there are crucial disparities in treatment outcomes.  BMHC also recognizes that the realities of social exclusion, marginalization and stigma often make the pathways to care more complex among people of African descent; therefore BMHC is committed to work with other community stakeholders to improve the mental health of Black Canadians.  BMHC will endeavor to work on improving access to culturally safe and affirming mental health care through advocacy, research, referrals, development of capacity, and collaborations as well as consideration of the social determinants of health in order to facilitate more effective equitable mental health treatment and support to better meet the needs of diverse Black communities.

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