Manwé Sauls-Addison, born to be an entertainer, his mother’s water broke while teaching a dance class in New York City. Manwe spent a part of his childhood traveling with his parents throughout the country. Leaving his theatrical footprint in each city they visited. Returning to New York only to spread his wings and move west to attend The San Francisco School of The Arts. During his time in San Fran, Manwe studied dance under the direction of Elvia Martha.
Manwe returned to New York after high school to continue his training at the Alvin Ailey Conservatory. In 2000 he landed his first professional gig dancing at the Essence Awards, working with choreographer Otis Salid. This was the point-of-no-return for Manwe. He became a highly sought after dancer in New York City.
Manwe’s dance and entertainment career spans over fifteen years. He’s worked with everyone from the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson to Beyonce. In addition to virtually having danced for everyone, Manwe also was a regularly featured dancer on six seasons of Saturday Night Live.
Eventually Manwe’s career led him to the moment he’d been waiting on, a chance to work with legendary choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson as her choreographer assistant. Working with Ms. Gibson brought Manwe back to basics, but also allowed him to take everything he’d learned over the years and push himself to a new level.
In 2008 Manwe was approached to collaborate with playwright Tarell McCraney and director Dominic Cooke to bring the world Wig Out. The reviews all slated that great things would come from the trio. After the show closed, Manwe returned to the theatre, this time with his own show, 5,6,7,8. A dance story about five dancer-friends who are given the chance of a lifetime. The show was sold-out for its entire run.
Currently Manwe is working on several television projects as well as he is the Creative Director of the Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque world tour. While Manwe may mean peacemaker he has certainly be touted as a joy-maker through his creativity and quest to continue to be a leader and innovator in the theatre and dance world.
When he isn’t bringing and creating joy on stage and in front of the camera, you can find him DJing at your favorite NYC hot spots.