Tina Thompson, Executive Artistic Director -
Tina Thompson (Staten Island, New York) began her training at LIDAKA 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 she was an ACT-SO Scholarship recipient for 'DEPTHS OF AGONY'. 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 received a full Irving Ruckens Scholarship at age 17 BFA Program). She was chosen as a lead dancer in the Juilliard Cross Cultural tour. by Maria Grandy. 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 CitiGroup Theatre, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, throughout Romania and Russia.
Tina continued her 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 performed works with many Modern dance pioneers such as Martha Graham Anna Sokolow and Ethel Winters.
Mrs. Thompson is a 2009 Excellence in the Arts /COASHI DCA Art Fund Grant Recipient for (Choreography Awards)- 'ECCENTRICA- THE SKIN PROJECT" & SUMMERFEST 2009 for her renown piece entitled ROB. 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 Jungian Fruits and Sacred Places Project for the SKIN 2019 season. Her work has been presented for the HATCH Project with Jeniffer Muller/ The Works Spring Season 2019.
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 CitiGroup Theatre, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, throughout Romania and Russia. Tina has taught dance for the NYID, High Schools, Brooklyn Arts council and A.S.P.I.R.A. She is an award recipient for the National Endowment of the Arts in Dance. Tina has served as a dance captain for Long Island University Cheer leading and Pep-Squad’s and a former Professional AFL cheerleader, NJ Gladiators. She has worked with many Modern dance pioneers such as Anna Sokolow, Ethel Winters and Martha Graham.
Mrs. Thompson is a 2009 Excellence in the Arts /COASHI DCA Art Fund Grant Recipient for (Choreography Awards)- 'ECCENTRICA- THE SKIN PROJECT" & SUMMERFEST 2009 for her renown piece entitled ROBE. Created Works entitled 'Jungian Fruits' and 'Sacred Places Project' for the SKIN Dance. Her work has been presented for the HATCH Project with Jeniffer Muller/ The Works Spring Season 2019.
Tina is a certified group fitness professional, pilaballet 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. Executive director of SKIN- The Tina Thompson Dance Company (established in 2003). The company is based in New York City and Thompson's works have graced the stage of Blumenthal Arts Center, Ailey Citi-Corp Theater, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Symphony Space , New York Institute for Dance Education, Aaron Davis Hall and Dance Parade Gala and Opening Ceremony (https://danceparade.org/author/adele321/)
SKIN DANCE company is vehicle for artistic value and self expression through the language of movement arts. Having choreographed over 22 Modern-Ballet works/ Thompson's choreography touches matters of the emotions and the state of the world politically, sociologically and spiritually. Tina Thompson helps spread her knowledge of her created Dance Fitness Fusions by teaching dance workshops and fitness events.She has been a leader in the Competitive Fitness world since 1998. She has numerous titles in World/ National Fitness and physique competition's. Thompson has represented MS.FITNESS USA and MS. FITNESS WORLD as an professional competitor for the United States.
Repertoire of Choreographic Works:
JOSEPHINE'S COTTON- THE REVUE (OFF Broadway Musical) Roy Arias 2017
Faith Walk 2016
*Evolution of Purpose
New Blood (*2011-12 season WORK)
BAAL(*2013 season WORK)
BAKER 2012- Work in progress
*SON OF SONS (42 Mins)
ODE TO CELIA
Fitness Competition History
2002 MS. FIGURE EMPIRE STATE Champion
2002 Ms. Fitness legacy, 1st runner-up
2003 Ms. Fitness USA, 11th Place
2004 Ms. Fitness USA, 8th Place
2004 Ms. Fitness New Jersey, 3rd Place
2004 OCB Ms. Fitness Iron City, 3rd place
2004 OCB Iron City- women's figure classic, 4th Place
2004 Fitness America NY Regional, 4th place
2004 Ms. Fitness North Eastern Regional, 3rd place
2005 Ms. Fitness USA, 6th Place
2005 Ms. Fitness Virginia- Fitness Champion
2005 Ms. Fitness Legacy, 2nd place
2006 Ms. Fitness USA, 1st runner-up
2006 Ms. Fitness World, 3rd place
2006 IFF Fitness Woman World, Fitness Ambassador/ Romania
2006 Sansha Worldwide Ambassador- Designer of 'The Competitor' Dance Fitness Sneaker
2007 Ms. Fitness USA, 4th place
2008 Ms. Fitness Legacy, 4th place
2008 NPC Brooklyn Grand Prix, Fitness Champion
2008 NPC Eastern Fitness, 4th place
2009 Ms. Fitness USA, 9th place
SENIOR ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR-
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 10 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.