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artistic director

Tyrone Brooks

Tyrone Brooks joined The Tallahassee Ballet as the Artistic Director in the 2013-2014 season. He has a wide range of professional experience including 18 years as a Principal Dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York City (DTH). Brooks has been featured in a number of acclaimed performances including Alvin Ailey’s The River, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, and John Butler’s Othello. He has also performed internationally in Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela, South Africa, and Russia.

In 1984, Brooks was nominated for the Dancers Choice Award in London for his performance as Alan Strange in Equus. His work has also been in a number of television specials including the NBC presentation of Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Creole Giselle, the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics, the PBS series Dance in America, CBS 60 Minutes with Ed Bradley featuring DTH, the PBS presentation of Live at the Kennedy Center The Making of Firebird, and the 1993 Kennedy Center Honors.

For over 25 years, Brooks served as full-time Ballet Faculty at DTH. During that time he also served as the Associate Director of the DTH community outreach program Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble. As Associate Director, Brooks represented DTH as a teaching artist in New York City Public Schools and created curriculum development workshops for teachers. He also conducted master classes and outreach programs in South Florida, for the Dance Theatre of Harlem-Kennedy Center Residency in Washington, D.C., and the Northern Virginia region.

Mr. Brooks has also taught at various institutions including Hofstra University, Mary Mount Manhattan College, Florida State University School of Dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New World School of the Arts, Thomas Armour Youth  Ballet, Flint Institute of Music- Flint Youth Ballet, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Ballet Hispanico, and Hampton University.

In 2004, Brooks joined the Virginia School of the Arts as the Director of Community Dance and was subsequently appointed as the Executive Director of the Virginia School of the Arts by the Board of Directors. During his tenure at the Virginia School of the Arts, Brooks became an active member of the Lynchburg community and developed community partnerships. His community engagement extended to service on the advisory panel for the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour and Performing Arts Directory, James River Diversity Council, and the Board of Directors of the James River Council for the Arts.
Brooks has served on the Florida State University Friends of Dance Board of Directors, The Florida Division for Individual Artist Fellowship Panel, and has choreographed for
The Tallahassee Chapter “Links” Beautillion.

Brooks is featured in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C., with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and was recently inducted into  (MOBB) Museum of Blacks in Ballet.

Tyrone Brooks, Artistic Director of The Tallahassee Ballet
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