Our Creative Team


Sulé-Joel Adams (Founder/Executive Producer)

A native of New Orleans, Sulé is a talented dancer, choreographer, and performing artist trained in African, Modern, and Contemporary dance styles. He received his B.S. in Community Arts Management from SUNY Empire State College, and an MA in Leadership in the Arts and Entertainment Industries.  He brings years of experience, both as a professional artist and as a teacher and choreographer, to the WHP team. He founded WHP to better fulfill his goal of encouraging dancers to fulfill their potential and reach their dreams.

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Portrait2015aMargo Upson (Brand and Marketing Manager)

Margo is an Ithaca, New York native with a knack for communication. She is a small business marketing consultant and content specialist who also works within the arts community, helping creatives to blend artistic passion with smart business strategy. Margo is currently pursuing a degree in marketing and small business management from SUNY ESC, and brings seven years of experience in digital communication to the WHP team. In addition to marketing for Whole Heart Productions, she also manages the artist brand management services.

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JKnight_4340_101120-Edit-Edit-2Francine Ott (Resident Choreographer and Teacher)

Also a native of New Orleans, Francine is a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher with a long list of accomplishments. She has a BFA in Dance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and has studied at many dance intensives, expanding her craft. Francine began her training at 15 with the TKD Dance Academy, under the direction of Tanis K. Dasher and Michelle Gibson. Her teaching credentials include work as a Studio Assistant and teacher at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance and as the Rehearsal Director of Camille A. Brown and Dancers. As a choreographer, her work has been showcased as a part of E-Moves 10-9/Harlem Stage, Universal Dance Movement at Aaron Davis Hall, Black Expressions: Dance at Dance Place in Washington, D.C. in 2008, and This Woman’s Work in 2007. In 2016, she earned her Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Francine joined WHP as the resident choreographer and as a teacher, sharing her years of training and experience with the local dance community.

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Marrio BargainerMarrio Bargainer (Designer and Event Coordinator)

Marrio Bargainer was born and raised in New Orleans. A talented interior designer, seamster, and event coordinator, he is Whole Heart Productions’ go-to guy for all things design. His fashion design work placed first in several local and international pageants, and his work was featured in WHP’s 2006 production of Dreamality.

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