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Kevin "TOKYO" Inouye
Tokyo had a very unique induction into dance as he was not introduced to it until he was a senior in High School. Tokyo grew up studying martial arts, and began his training at age 5. By the time he was 15 he had attained several black belts in various disciplines in addition to training in Wrestling, Muay Thai, Boxing and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts/Cage Fighting). At age 17, after a promising undefeated amateur record, just a few months shy of having a professional career in MMA, Tokyo discovered dance and his life changed drastically. Since leaving the fighting world and entering the dance world, Tokyo has been fortunate enough to have taught master classes and set choreography in the United States, Canada, Australia, Central America and the UK for numerous studios, companies, colleges and casinos. He has also had the extreme pleasure of working with Cirque Du Soleil. Due to Tokyo's background in martial arts, his approach to dance movement, philosophy and teaching is very unique, and has been well received and loved by many. Along with teaching and choreographing, Tokyo spent four years directing one of the largest dance competitions in the United States. Since concluding his position as a competition director, Tokyo is currently on faculty at the world renowned professional dance studio, Millennium Dance Complex, in Los Angeles. He most recently choreographed what is now France’s largest musical production, “Adam et Eve.” Through the art of dance, he is extremely excited to give back to those that have given so much to him!
Brian McSween was born and raised in Charlotte, NC where he began dancing in ballet, tap and jazz at the Charlotte City Ballet. He attended the Joffrey Ballet School for two summers before being accepted into the school, and the Joffrey Concert Dancers under full scholarship. He worked seasonally with Joffrey, ABT, and Grand Rapids Ballet before joining Aspen Ballet Company full time. After two years he returned to the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago where he performed varied roles throughout the repertoire. Brian has also worked with Complexions: A Concept in Dance, has taught around the country and has choreographed for Charlotte City Ballet. He was seen in the Robert Altman film “The Company”, and was the advanced ballet instructor for ChiArts, Chicago’s performing arts high school. Brian returned to the Joffrey Ballet School in the summer of 2010 as a teacher and choreographer.
Ballet instructor of the Los Angeles Ballet School and 5th year member of the Los Angeles Ballet, Dina began her training at the Allegheny Ballet Company in Altoona, PA. She trained there until age 16 under Deborah Anthony and Cristin Burwell. Dina then went on to study year round at the School of American Ballet in New York City and spent summers on scholarship at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, WA. At age 18, she received an offer to join the Los Angeles Ballet under direction of Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen. Along with her professional ballet career, Dina is very passionate about teaching. She joined the faculty at the Brentwood Academy of Dance from 2012-2014, and is now a primary faculty member of the Los Angeles Ballet School.
His story serves as an inspiration not just for dancers, but all students working their way through college. A native of Harlem, NY, Josh became a national sensation through his story of tap dancing on NYC trains to pay for college right here at Penn State Altoona. Follow Josh on his journey at tapping2college.com.
Tamara Williams is a native of Augusta, GA where she began her dance training at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. She has been a dance teaching artist in Augusta, Tallahassee, and New York City. Tamara participated in Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program for dance during the summer of 2001, attended Philadanco’s summer intensive in 2004, and experienced Chicago during the summer of 2005 studying at Deeply Rooted Productions. Her choreography was performed at the 2006 ACDFA Southeastern Concert in Tallahassee, FL as well as the Student Kultural Center in Belgrade, Serbia. She has earned a B.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University, is a certified GYROTONIC® Trainer, and Capoeirista. Tamara has danced with Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, David P. France Dance Company, Errol Grimes Dance Group, Millicent and Company, Angela’s Pulse, and UB2 (Urban Bush Women’s apprentice company). She has also performed at the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, FL, DanceNow/NYC Dance Harlem, The Houston Black Dance Festival, Rialto Center for the Arts, the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, and repetoire of Silvestre Technique in Salvador, Brazil.
She has performed and presented choreography at the April Meetings in Belgrade, Serbia, the Voltahalle in Basel, Switzerland; the National Museum of Trinidad & Tobago in Trinidad and Espaço Xisto in Salvador, Brazil.
She was rewarded a 2013 Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall Fund for New Work grant. Tamara and her company were 2013 Artists in Residence at the Dance & Performance Institute in Trinidad. In 2014, she received a Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Grant. Tamara was also the 2014 Artist in Residence /Lecturer at Penn State University-Altoona.
Tamara has worked as a Site Director for the Arts and Literacy Program in Buckwick, Brooklyn. She is the Artistic Director/Founder of Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits.