The Department of Theatre and Dance Announces
SPRING DANCE CONCERT GUEST ARTIST
TEENA MARIE CUSTER
is a street dance artist and practitioner based in Pittsburgh, PA. Teena Marie battles and
performs internationally with her all female street dance crew, Venus Fly, as well as her local Pittsburgh crew, Get Down Gang who has opened shows for Talib Kweli, KRS-1, and Pete Rock. She has won b-girl battles such as Enter the Cypha and UnderGround Movement, and won the “House Cypher” award at Chicago’s Slick City event in Oct 2012. Her hip hop dance theater work has been presented at Sadler’s Wells Theater in London, The American Dance Festival, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Ford Amphitheater in LA, and the American College Dance Festival Gala Concert. She has also created hip
hop dance theater works for over 20 university dance departments around the U.S., and her tv and film credits include BET, MTV’s MADE, the feature film “Leading Ladies,” and “Fathers and Daughters” starring Russell Crowe.
Teena Marie earned a BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University and an MFA in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University. She is also on faculty at the prestigious American Dance Festival at Duke University where she premiered the first hip hop repertory piece in the history of the festival. She performs with Bessie nominated Ephrat Asherie Dance in New York, and has also danced with Dance Alloy, Attack Theatre, and Ursula Payne. She represented CM² (Columbus Movement Movement) in Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” in 2007, and was featured in Dance Teacher magazine in October 2012. She is touring her solo show, “My Good Side” throughout the country for the 2016-17 season, and will begin working on Bill “Crutchmaster” Shannon’s new show, “Touch Update,” in spring 2017.
SAVE THE DATES!
Residency Dates March 13-17, 2017
Casting 12-16 dancers at the Spring Dance Concert Audition February 1, 2017 6 pm
*Students must be enrolled in a dance technique course to audition
Photo: Joey Kennedy