Artistic Director & Company Bio
T. Lang is a native of Chicago and former dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Marlies Yearby's Movin Spirit Dance Theater and Nia Love's Blacksmith Daughter Dance Theater. T. Lang established her now Atlanta base company, in 2006 in New York City. Since then, she has been creating a singular body of work that has accumulated critical acclaim.
T. Lang's works have been presented throughout numerous venues which include The Kennedy Center, The Alliance Theater, The Goat Farm Arts Center, Southwest Arts Center, Dance Space Project at St. Mark's Church and Movement Research at Dance Theater Workshop, Wave Rising Festival, P.S. 122, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam, Cool New York Dance Festival, Reverb Festival,
Fertile Ground, Throw, The Flea, WAX and Dixon Place.
Recently, T. Lang's newest work M O T H E R/ M U T H A was presented at Atlanta's Goat Farm Arts Center in June 2012. Creative Loafing and Arts America called this work a "powerfully thought provoking … masterfully blended work" of "unsettling genius." This work delved deep into the complexities of American history. In 2011, T. Lang was commissioned to create a work in collaboration with grammy award winning artists Sweet Honey in the Rock. This work, 4 Little Girls, was presented at a Gala Concert during the historic unveiling of the King Monument in Washington, D. C.
In addition to leading her own company, T. Lang is an Assistant Professor in Dance and Director of Spelman Dance Theatre at Spelman College and founder of the Atlanta summer dance intensive, SWEATSHOP. T. Lang is faculty for Atlanta choreographer and artistic director, George Staib of Staibdance Summer Intensive in Sorrento, Italy. In 2013, T. Lang will be on faculty at "One of the nation's most important institutions" (New York Times) and "The world's greatest dance festival," (New York Post), American Dance Festival -ADF. Lang holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts in performance and choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and a Masters in Fine Arts in performance and choreography at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Jacquelle Blythe - born in Brooklyn, NY, Jacquelle is a Jamaican-American, raised in Atlanta, GA. She attended Dekalb School of the Arts, where she began her dance training at the age of 12. In 2005, Phusion Performing Arts Alliance furthered her training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Pointe, and Tap. She was an original member of Harambee Dance Company in Atlanta, becoming the first recipient of the Phusion Phoenix Scholarship. In 2011, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance from Shenandoah University. She has worked with choreographers Ting-Yu Chen, Allan Arnett, Elijah Gibson, and Maurice Fraga. In addition to T. Lang Dance, she dances with Atlanta based company, Zoetic Dance Ensemble. Jacquelle is in her first season with T. Lang Dance.
Stefanie Boettle - originally from Munich, Germany, Stefanie moved to Atlanta, GA in 2009. She received her BA in Contemporary Dance and Dance Education at the renowned Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance in Munich, Germany under the direction of Jessica Iwanson. Stefanie has been a dancer of the Peter McCoy Company in Munich, Germany since 2008. In Germany, she has performed works by Jessica Iwanson, Peter McCoy, William Forsythe, Nigel Charnock, and Simone Sandroni among others. In Atlanta, she has worked and performed with Lauri Stallings' gloATL, Dawn Axam, and T. Lang Dance. Stefanie has been teaching Contemporary Dance to children and adults in Germany, Brazil, and the U.S. Furthermore she is a certified Yoga Teacher, RYT 200. Stefanie teaches dance and Yoga with great passion around Atlanta and also in Munich, Germany. This is her second work with T. Lang Dance.
Crystal Bogan - began her training in Ballet, Tap and Jazz at Tommie’s Dance Academy in Little Rock, AR at the age of 5. At the age of 14, Crystal continued her training at Shuffles Dance Studio until being accepted in Parkview Arts/Science High School for Dance. In 2007, Crystal moved to Atlanta, GA to continue her dance career. After receiving her BA in Drama and Dance from Spelman College, Crystal performed with Aretha Franklin and also danced for Jasmine Guy during the 2010 National Black Arts Festival. She worked under the direction of Stepp Stewart of The Dr. Oz Show, and has performed in many stage productions such as the African-American Dance Review 3, Andrea Kelly Presents Pink Kitty Cabaret, and the Vibe International Dance Festival.
Trina Bordere - began her dance training at the New Orleans Centre for the Creative Arts. There she studied classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Horton technique, and Flamenco dance. She has had the pleasure of studying with Ann Reinking, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, and Chet Walker. Trina studied and eventually assisted in teaching and choreography with Ann Reinking Musical Theatre Project. Trina also studied as a scholarship student at the Ailey School. At 19, she moved to Atlanta to join the Harrison Dance Company. Trina has taught and performed Salsa and Latin Contemporary in the UK, Spain, and Germany. She is a certified Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis and Pilates instructor. In addition to her many achievements, Trina is also a full time mom to Amari and Malina.
Morgan Hawkins - Originally from Charleston, South Carolina Morgan began her dance training at All That Jazz of Charleston under the direction of Virginia White. Morgan continued at All That Jazz of Charleston for 15 years where she was able to perform with Walt Disney and Royal Caribbean Cruise line. In 2006, Morgan then relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to continue her dance training at Spelman College, under the direction of T. Lang. While attending Spelman College, Morgan had the pleasure of performing in Sorrento, Italy, The Kennedy Center, and closing for the American College Dance Festival Association for 4 years consecutively. Ms. Hawkins has also studied under Kevin Iega Jeff and Gary Abbott at Deeply Rooted Dance Productions. The past 6 years have allowed Morgan to work closely with T. Lang, where she is continuously training and honored
to be a part of an amazing artistic experience.
Deborah Hughes - born and raised in South Carolina, Deborah’s mother sums up her career as having “been dancing from the womb.” Prior to T. Lang Dance, Deborah has built an impressive resume. Currently this Spelman College student, has danced with Ballethnic Dance Company, Luke G, Deeply Rooted, PH Dance, Spelman Dance Theater, Level 3:16, just to name a few. To learn about Deborah as a philanthropist, visit the Envest Foundation at www.envestfoundation.org. To learn more about Deborah as a designer visit www.dvaria.com and follow her on Twitter @IAMDVaria and to learn more about Deborah as a dancer, find her on at www.facebook.com/DeborahVHughes
Nicole Kedaroe - is a native of Boston, MA where she began her dance training at the Boston Arts Academy for Performing and Visual Arts. Nicole moved on to attended Franklin Pierce University, where she received a BS (Magna Cum Laude) in Arts
Management and Dance. She has studied with Rebecca Lazier, Gregory Maqoma, and Victoria Marks. She has performed works by David Dorfman Dance, Gibney Dance, Keigwin + Company, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Nicole received her MFA degree in Dance Performance and Choreography
from Smith College. She has been fortunate to have her work, Keeping Ties adjudicated
at the American College Dance Festival and presented in New York City with Eclectic Dance Company - Guest Artists Series. This is her first season with T. Lang Dance
Ashley Reid - a native of Rochester, New York and an alumna of SUNY Brockport, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Dance. While at SUNY, Ashley was fortunate to work closely with Bill Evans and perform with the SUNY Brockport Dance Team and SANKOFA African Dance and Drum Ensemble under the advisement of Clyde Morgan (a former Jose Limon Company member). After graduation, she continued dancing with SANKOFA and became an instructor at a local dance studio. Ashley recently relocated to Atlanta and is working as an Executive/Development Assistant and Creative Movement Instructor with Atlanta Ballet. She would like to thank her family for their continued love and support and T. Lang for the opportunity to work with these amazing dancers.
Candace R. J. Twiggs - is a Native of Miami, FL. Candace began her training at The Miami Conservatory and furthered her technical training at New World School of the Arts H.S., and scholarship study at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She holds both a B.F.A in Dance and an M.S. in Communication from Florida State University. Candace has worked with artists such Jawole Zollar (Urban Bush Woman) and Suzanne Farrell, as well as performed works by Ron Brown (Evidence Dance Company), Alonzo King (Lines Ballet), Alex Ketley (The Foundry) and many others. Candace is in her second season with Atlanta based company, Zoetic Dance Ensemble. This is her first season with T. Lang Dance.
Nehemoyia Young - “Nemo” Young is a performing artists living in Brooklyn, NY. She began her dance training at the age of three at the Berkshire School of Ballet in Albany, NY. She continued her training at the Ailey School, the Dance Institute of Washington, Deeply Rooted Productions in Chicago, and the Spelman College Dance Theatre. After graduating from Spelman in 2010, Young moved to NYC where she performs with the all female hip- hop company Liberation Dance Theatre and house collective Afro Mosaic Soul. Young has been performing with T. Lang Dance for four years in Atlanta, NYC,
and in Italy, this is her fifth season dancing for the company.
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