The Get Empowered! mission is to uplift, empower and support children and adults of all ages and backgrounds by inspiring them to be their BEST selves.  We immerse participants in fun, hands-on multicultural healing arts, educational coaching and unifying activities that provide them with creative tools to overcome a range of challenges: socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.

The results? When children and adults get involved with us, they Get Empowered to live happier, healthier lives!

Our program design:

We bring out each participant's strengths and potential through a range of energizing and engaging arts-based education experiences that emphasize diversity and inclusion in positive ways.

We have a team of professional artists, mentors and ambassadors from around the world who empower participants with our unique, custom-designed framework that integrates multicultural arts and education components:

  • Capoeira

  • World Music/Drum Circles

  • Dance

  • Mindfulness Exercises

  • Yoga & Meditation

  • Global Learning

  • Diversity/Inclusion

  • Team Building

All of our teaching artists are trained and certified in our Get Empowered! framework elements of: Team Building, Healing Arts, Mindfulness, Empowerment Coaching, Diversity and Inclusion Training, Leadership Development, and Communities in Unity Activities.

Our programs serve individuals and groups in school, home, community and business settings, specifically designed to:

  • Boost self-esteem

  • Improve communication

  • Enhance teamwork

  • Foster respect

  • Cultivate a positive outlook

  • Increase focus and productivity

  • Teach healthy life skills

Our philosophy:

We believe in leaving a positive footprint on the planet by being a socially responsible, mission-driven organization. A portion of all proceeds is put towards donating Get Empowered! programs and resources to underserved communities. We partner with the TahDah Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to bring our programs to schools and communities that otherwise could not afford it.

Our Team of Cultural Arts & Education Specialists - Healing Artists - Entertainers & Coaches

Emi Gittleman, MA Education
Founder & Co-Director



Garry Spanner
Chief Financial Officer


Sabiá Pinheiro
Co-Director & Entertainment Facilitator



We are privileged and honored to have the support of world-renowned leaders from the arts and entertainment industry join our Get Empowered! family. Their generosity and efforts on behalf of Get Empowered! include speaking engagements, interactive program development, master classes, and mentoring.

All of our Global Ambassadors and Mentors excel at their craft and have a deep history of dedicating their lives to serving as role models in their personal and professional lives, helping children and working tirelessly to create a better world for us all through their creative gifts.

Obba Babatundé
Jamaica, Queens

Actor, dancer, singer, musician, director, writer, horse whisperer, educator, former school founder and administrator, philanthropist and children’s advocate. He won an Emmy and NAACP Image Award and has been nominated for a Tony.

Abdiel Cedric Jacobson
Côte d’Ivoire

Principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company and a longtime children’s mentor in dance, creative movement and mindfulness.

Mestre Jelon Vieira
Bahia, Brazil

Capoeira master who has been awarded one of eleven National Heritage Fellowships, the country’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. He is the founder and artistic director of The Capoeira Foundation and DanceBrazil.

Bakithi Kumalo
South Africa

Percussion master who is widely known as one of the top bass guitar musicians in the world. You probably know him as a longtime and memorable member of Paul Simon’s band.


Cultivating connections and Creating communities in unity:

We have a national team of inspiring and energizing professional Teaching Artists from around the world, who empower participants with our unique, custom-designed framework that integrates multicultural arts and education components linked to: Capoeira, World Music/Drum Circles, Dance, Mindfulness Exercises, Yoga & Meditation, Global Learning, Diversity/Inclusion, Team Building, Healing Arts and Empowerment Coaching. And... Because we are an outreach organization, out team will come to your community, educational and/or corporate setting.

All of our team members are trained and certified in our Get Empowered! framework elements of:

Team Building, Healing Arts, Mindfulness, Empowerment Coaching, Diversity & Inclusion Training, Leadership Development, Communities in Unity Activities.



John Doing

Ivan Llanes Montejo

Nobuko Miyazaki

Kevin Nathanial

Alejandro Garcia

Moeketsi O. Gibe

John Waller

Juan Soto

Bobby Sanchez

Mixed Media/
Visual Arts

Mansa K. Mussa

Juliet Silveira

Bobby Sanchez





Dance/Creative MovemeNt /fitness fun

Stephanie Bastos

Nao Yamada

Asma Feyijnmi

Hazina Lisa Green

Candace Thompson

Janete Silva

Ra Ruiz

Tania Santiago

Bridget Walsh

Winston Benons Jr.

Xianix Barrera

George Cheng

Alegria Silva

Sabiá Pinheiro





Capoeira/Afro-Brazilian Arts

Professor Chipa

Alegria Silva

Pião Silveira

Lua Rossella Fabbri

Ary Souza Lima

Paula Pimentinha Verdino

Jadson Souza

Monitor Lobo

Sabiá Pinheiro

Janete Silva

Shante Caramelo

Malcolm Halcrombe

Theater Arts/Drama/Musical Storytelling

Melissa Shaw

Robin Bady

Rachel Evans

Terry Lynn LeCompte

Joy Kelly Smith

Cynthia Vargas




Isabella Kosmacher

Nehemoyia Young

Lorene Bouboushian

Nao Yamada

Asma Feyinmi

Hazina Lisa Green


Emi Gittleman

Sabiá Pinheiro

Robin Bady

Hazina Lisa Green

Winston Benons Jr.

Melissa Shaw

Lorene Bouboushia

Rachel Evans

Kendell Monk

Terry Lynn LeCompte

Joy Kelly Smith

Nehemoyia Young

Cynthia Vargas