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Dance, Research Educational Topics, and Choreography
Presently, I am an Artistic Director, and the Chair of the Orange High Dance Department. I am engaged in producing several writings and choreographic projects for my professional dance company. I received an M.F.A. degree in Dance and Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.F.A. degree in Dance and Children’s Theatre from Howard University. I specialize in Jazz, Lyrical, Folk Traditional, Musical Theatre, and Modern style of movement forms found in the Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, Peruvian, European and Asian Diaspora. I am certified to teach Zumba, The Method and Mat work of Joseph Pilates, as well as kickboxing, and personal training. A resident of The Netherlands for two years, I am fluent in three languages. I taught dance technique, dance history, developed a Catholic School’s curriculum in General Science and Orange Public School's curriculum in Dance for the state of New Jersey, recruited, and mentored aspiring young performing artists in the public school system, universities, colleges, and private art institutions in New York City, New Jersey, and North Carolina for over fifteen years. I received numerous Rising Star Awards of OHS Spring Musical Production, Once on This Island 2009 in Choreography. I performed with The Peru Negro Dance Ensemble, Phyllis Rose Dance Company, The Fuschia Dance Company, 21 Cap Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Howard Players, Kelcie Collie’s Children Theatre, Outreach Artists, BAM, St. Joseph’s Theatre, The Durham Art’s Council, Carolina Theatre, CAF’s Art’s Festival, and other Off-Broadway venues. I am a member of the Danspace Project, and The Ailey Extension. I have, also, appeared as an actress in several musicals, television showcases, videos and films.
As a Dancer, I realize the difficulty students face when trying to grow from a student of dance to an artist who dances. I hope to help facilitate that journey by encouraging my students to express themselves through movement. As a choreographer, I am always looking for students who have extreme unyielding passion and a desire to challenge themselves. My goal is to inspire a life-long love of the dance in my students. I realize very few students will pursue dance professionally, thus I feel it is important to focus on connecting students to the joy of performing and self-exploration. I believe in developing ones dance and love for performance, students develop a sense of self-worth and a strong sense of identity. I believe it is the teacher’s responsibility to guide students through a total, experiential, holistic process. Listening to lectures, seeing performances, writing assignments, executing movement combinations across the floor in the studio or in rehearsals are all necessary ways of assessing and judging how our students are experiencing the materials we present. However, I sincerely believe that students are able to deepen their learning, hone their craft and hone their creative voice when they are in a safe, structured, experimental environment where joy, play, passion, fearlessness & risk are invited and most welcomed. In this way, the creative process is not a judgment of what artistic choice is to be made, but rather a way to truly access each student’s most true & unique self-expression unduplicated by anyone else.
Dance is integrated into many aspects of my life, and the choices I make outside the studio resonate and shape the climate within. I urge my students to take inventory, to vividly feel and be aware of the process of making choices while dancing. I continually remind students that dance is a relevant form of communication in addition to being an exciting performing art, and that consideration of this is essential and rewarding. Cultivating skills of observation, collecting ideas, images, conversations, recording dreams and writing about dance with a heightened sense of possibility keeps me pursuing this career and avocation. These are standards that I pass on to my students. Dance is the only subject that recognizes and celebrates this unique gift present in one sole individual. Ultimately, through its production and presentation into the world, the expression of the work itself and its sense of the ‘beautiful’ and sublime can be seen, enjoyed and experienced by others. This is what fascinates me most as a teacher. I wish to discover and encourage this voice uniquely belonging to each and every student in my class. I wish to create the same solid stepping stones, made by my mentors for me, for all my students as a way of allowing them to create important, rich, memorable, life-long experiences in Dance - either as Dance advocates, educators or brave, responsible artists who take risks by contributing invaluable, extraordinary work to the world…..all while making a huge difference.
I consider myself a life-long student of learning. While I strive for the end result, I am also equally interested in the lengthy process of partnership, collaboration, growth and discovery. Today, I teach to inspire, to connect, to communicate, to impart my knowledge, and to share my love and joy of dance to young adults and adults.”
Artistic VisionThe Tosha Brown Dance Theater is a collaborative ensemble of multidisciplinary artists who explore through performances--physical, musical, and visual--controversial issues impacting the global community. The Dance Theater brings different collaborators together to create performance experiences, forming a new aesthetic in dance-theater reflective of the diverse cultures of today.
Mission Statement In creating a platform for the diverse, rich voice of Multicultural young men and women, the Dance Theater creates and presents hybrid performances, accepts multidisciplinary commissions, conducts education-based residencies, community outreach, research, scholarship and produces literary publications
TBDT History and ArtistsBased in the NYC, NJ area , TBDT was co-founded in 2006 by Tosha Brown (Jersey City, NJ), Katrina Taylor (Irvington, NJ), KimberLee Tsoitue (Trinidad) and Selected Dance students, recently joined TBDT