Biography

Latanya d. Tigner has performed professionally with Dimensions Dance Theater since 1986, and has studied and toured nationally and internationally, performing multidisciplinary works rooted in African diasporic dance forms. Latanya holds a B.A. in Physical Education/Dance, a Master's Degree in Arts Administration, directs Dimensions' youth company, teaches dance at Contra Costa College and is a lecturer at UC Berkeley. She has worked with numerous choreographers and dance companies, including Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble, Art of Ballet, Robert Henry Johnson, El Wah Movement, Housin' Authority, RaRa Tou Limen, Fua Dia Congo, Urban Bush Women (SLI), Kiandanda Dance Theater, Soul Nubian's Global Street Dance, and many more. Latanya has created commissioned works for Dimensions Dance Theater, Black Choreographers Festival, Robert Moses' Kin, and has presented work in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Cuba Caribe, and Mabina Dance Festival (Congo-Brazzaille). Tigner's contribution to Dimensions' The Town on Notice and her recent untitled work-in-progress address gentrification and the perceptions of homelessness. She has also set choreography for Cal Shakes' production of black odyssey, SF Shakespeare's production of A Winter's Tale, Ubuntu Theater's production of Dance of the Holy Ghost, Delina Brooks' An Open Love Letter to Black Fathers, Contra Costa College's productions of In the Blood, For Colored Girls, and Godspell, and Li Smith's production of Purlie Victorious. Tigner's current research and study include New Orleans Second Line parading traditions and traditional dances from the Kongo Kingdom. Latanya recently accepted the opportunity to be the first Artist in Residence at Mills College's newly renovated Lisser Hall.

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