Tina Thompson (Staten Island, New York) began her training at LADAKA Dance Company. She then studied at the Alvin Ailey and the Martha Graham Schools of Dance as a merit scholarship. Tina was the first choreographic award recipient for the Welcome back to Brooklyn festival at 17 years of age. As well as being one of the youngest choreographers to ever receive this award. Alumni of the Erasmus Performing Arts High School and Academy of the Arts (from where she graduated early with honors), she went on to the world prestigious and infamous Juilliard School of dance. She was accepted there on a full Irving Ruckens Scholarship at age 17 (BFA Program). She was a lead dancer in the Juilliard Cross Cultural tour. She was given a distinguished professional training scholarship at the Dance Theatre of Harlem while attending The Juilliard School of the Arts. She has trained with Bessie Elmer, Walter Raines, Alfredo Corvino and Loel Smith. She has performed at City Center, Metropolitan Opera House, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Ailey CitiCorp Theatre and througout Romania and Russia. Tina continued her masters degree studies at LIU Brooklyn Campus in Exercise Physiology. Tina has taught dance for the Brooklyn Arts council and A.S.P.I.R.A. She has been an award recipient for the National Endowment of the Arts in Dance. Tina has served as a dance captain for Long Island University Cheerleading and Pep-Squad’s and is a former Professional AFL and NBA cheerleader herself. She has worked with many Modern dance pioneers such as Anna Sokolow and Ethel Winters.
Tina is a 2009 Excellence in the Arts /COASHI DCA Art Fund Grant Recipient for (Choreography Awards)- 'ECCENTRICA- THE SKIN PROJECT" & SUMMERFEST 2009. Her extensive background in Contemporary dance gives her the edge that is needed in today’s ever growing world of fitness. Currently she is in the studio working on her newest premiere NEW BLOOD and CONSEQUENCES for the 2012 season.Tina is a certified group fitness professional, pilates instructor, personal trainer and exercise movement Therapist in New York City. She helps spread her knowledge by teaching workshops and directing her dance theater and fitness events throughout the city. She has contributed to many charities and organizations with great causes for children and adults. Tina loves sharing her knowledge and skills with the dance and fitness communities. Tina has been the director of SKIN- The Tina Thompson Dance Co. for the past 10 years and working to produce a broadway show/Vegas production in the near future. Her focus for the year ahead is to challenge herself choreographically, breaking the boundaries of movement and fusing both worlds of Dance and Fitness. Tina is grateful and thankful for her many great passages and life learned lessons.
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Natasha DeVaughn-Rigby (New York) began her training in dance, vocal, and drama at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center in Queens. She studied at the Joffrey School, Madame Darvash Ballet School, The Alvin Ailey School and the Martha Graham School, where she was awarded a four year scholarship. She has performed at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music & Carnegie Hall with famous artists such as Diana Ross, Ben Vereen, Christian Holder, Chuck Davis and the late choreographer Michael Peters. An alumnus of Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Performing Arts, she went on to New York University's- Tisch School of the Arts, where she received her BFA in Fine Arts. As an educator in dance, physical education and art history, Natasha worked in the New York City Department of Education from 1995 to 1998. In 1995, with the partnership of her late mother, Louise DeVaughn, Natasha opened a local dance school in the Bronx community. Currently she is a teaching artist for Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs where she facilitates "Revelations Curriculum" in England and around the country. Natasha has been the Associate Director of CAS/Ailey Camp in New York in 2004 & Ailey Camp Staten Island 2010. Natasha has worked with the Tina Thompson Dance Company for 8 years and has served as associate rehearsal director for three years. She will be working more artistically with the Director as a co-choreographer in many facets this coming year.
Josef Woodson graduated from the University of Michigan in 1995 with a Bachelors of Dance Arts Degree. In New York City, he studied ballet, jazz, and modern dance at the Joffrey School, the Ailey school and at Steps on Broadway. Josef went on to dance with AILEY II (formerly repertory ensemble), where he performed works by Alvin Ailey, Ron Brown, Shen Wei, and Shapiro & Smith, among others. He also worked with Donald Byrd as a member of Donald Byrd/The Group in 1998. In 2000, Josef directed a documentary on AIDS/HIV entitled, POSITIVE FOR LIFE. Josef also directed and produced the documentary SECOND SKIN. This documentary featured the dancers of AILEY II and the ballet Quintet choreographed by Mr. Ailey in 1968. SECOND SKIN was shown at the 2002 San Francisco Black Film Festival. Mr. Woodson completed his graduate work in Film Production and Directing at the University of Miami in 2001.
In addition, Mr. Woodson has taught modern dance, jazz, tap, and hip-hop throughout the United States and abroad. Notably, Mr. Woodson taught at Aileycamp Staten Island in 2009. He also was an Alvin Ailey Performing Artist for the New York Board of Education, and currently teaches at Queensborough Community College. In 2008, Mr. Woodson choreographed overseas as a guest artist at Breath Performing Arts in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Woodson has served as rehearsal director with SKIN for 3 Years.