Tonya received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley & trained four years on full scholarship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. A member of Actors Equity Association, she has appeared with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater & Donald Byrd, was a member of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Footprints & Amy Pivar Dances, performed in the International Tour of "West Side Story", the National Tour of "Sesame St. Live", Sacramento Music Circus' "The King & I", and has been featured in numerous print ads & TV commercials. She is the owner of Aspire Pilates Center, for which she was awarded Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce's "100 Women of Influence" in 2010, Women's Initiative's Concord Female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011, Concord's Small Business of the Year 2013, Community Focus' Reader's Choice Best Pilates Studio in 2015, and Concord's Best Woman-Owned Business of the Year in 2016. The former author of a monthly Health & Wellness column for the Community Focus newspaper, Tonya is currently proofreading her Foot Pain prevention and recovery book, running Pilates retreats internationally, and developing Pilates education programs to help make this impactful work accessible to diverse communities. Shifting Aspire's operating model in 2018 has allowed her to work full time on bridging health and wellness and the arts with low income communities. She's proud to help empower, build cross cultural and cross generational bridges, and impact social justice with Grown Women Dance Collective.