I've been a performer my entire life and have been so blessed and fortunate to have all my dreams come true (except being a billionaire lol). I've always known and felt that what your heart desires can be achieved through focus and the will and persistence to go after it. I dedicate everything I do to my mother Hannah Faye Jackson who made me the man I am today. All I want to do is make you proud. I am also eternally grateful to the Village that has raised me (you all know who you are). I'm grateful to my Village of Family and Friends near and far!
Brittain is a native of Washington, D.C. who began dancing at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He has trained under scholarships at The Washington Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Dance Institute of Washington, Northwest Dance Project, and The Ailey School. Brittain continued his studies at the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance and graduated in May 2006. He has performed with Reflections Dance Company, Northwest Dance Project, Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Stephen Petronio Company, AIDA, Liss Fain Dance, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Kolben Dance Company, Fresco Dance Company, Polaris Dance Theatre, and most recently performed in the Beaverton Civic Theaters "The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy.
Kayla is a special education teacher based in Portland, OR. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Special Education and Women’s Studies and a Master’s degree in Elementary Special Education. She’s been in special education for 10 years in various settings and though it’s exhausting and often undermined, it’s a career that she wouldn’t trade for the world… but maybe for a few million dollars for anyone wanting to offer VillageVibesPodcast a contract. (Contact info. can be found below.)
Kayla is originally from Seoul, South Korea. She was adopted at 4 months old by her parents, Bonnie and Scott (who she often speaks of). Her family is diverse, as she has an older brother more than 20 years her senior, a younger sister who is black (also adopted), and a cousin who is also adopted from Korea. She has always lived in Portland, OR and though she sometimes drags Portland for being too white, boring, and small, she absolutely loves her hometown.
Kayla is in her mid-20s (or late-20s…) and enjoys educating, learning from, and conversing with folks regarding social justice issues. It’s always been a passion of hers; it’s a passion that often spills over into her career and relationships. While she’s dabbled in painting, blogging, writing, and the occasional Facebook war, her hope is that VillageVibesPodcast will be another platform that can create change, even if that change is small.
Some of Kayla’s interests include singing (usually flat), cooking, her partner Kenny, taking adventures, over-using the term “white people”, eating both snacks and meals for small families of four, taking quizzes on BuzzFeed, traveling, perfecting her eyebrows, and Beyoncé. She absolutely despises physical activity, peas, leaving doors unlocked, oppression, hot yoga, cake, mansplaining, and people who dress up as Pocahontas for Halloween.