Latanya d. Tigner

Lecturer

Dance

Latanya d. Tigner has performed professionally with Dimensions Dance Theater since 1986, and has studied and toured nationally and internationally, performing multidisciplinary works rooted African diasporic dance forms.  Latanya holds a B.A. in Physical Education/Dance, a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, directs Dimensions’ youth company, and currently teaches dance at Contra Costa College.  She has worked with numerous local, national and international choreographers and dance companies, including KKDE, Laura Ellis, Art of Ballet, Robert Henry Johnson, Elwah Movement, Housin’ Authority, RaRa Toulimen, Fua Dia Congo, Urban Bush Women (Summer Leadership Institute), and many more. Latanya has been commissioned to create for Dimensions and Black Choreographers Festival; she has presented work in SF Ethnic Dance, Cuba Caribe, and Mabina Dance Festivals (Congo-Brazzaille). Her current research and study of the Second Line parading traditions of New Orleans has enabled her to create one of her most notable pieces, The Last Dance/St. Anne and N. Rampart. Latanya recently completed her second commissioned work for Dimensions,The Town on Notice, on which she collaborated with choreographer Colette Eloi.  In addition to choreographing major works for Dimensions Dance Theater and other influential dance companies in the bay area, Latanya has set choreography for several theater productions: San Francisco Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale (2016); Ubuntu Theatre’s production of Dance of the Holy Ghost (2015); Delina Dream Productions’ An Open Love Letter to Black Fathers (2015); Contra Costa College’s production of In the Blood and For Colored Girls (2014); and Purlie Victorious (2014).  She is thrilled for the opportunity teach at Berkeley.