School of Dance Communications & Engagement Associate
Thea Grier - a Brooklyn, New York native, is an alumni of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High school for Music & Art and the Performing Arts, and Rutgers University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Cum Laude) in Dance, and Masters in Dance in Education (Ed.M), PK-12 Teacher Certification. Thea has worked under the tutelage of well-renowned artists and educators whom she credits for the artistic growth that has manifested throughout her dance and pedagogic journeys. She has studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Apollo Theatre, and the New Jersey State Prudential Arena and Performing Arts Center, amongst others. Nested in a spirit of stewardship toward agendas which service endeavors of dance, and other related educational and social outreach, Thea received her ABT© certification in Pre-Primary- Level 3 under the direction of Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens, joining the American Ballet Theatre’s community of artists and educators through Rutgers University’s Extension Division. She was also appointed as a core facilitator of arts instruction to youth, 9-17 years of age, during Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts Summer Conservatory, and has also served as a fitness and administrative assistant for the university's Dance and Parkinson’s Program sponsored in partnership with the New Jersey Parkinson’s Disease Information and Referral Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Thea’s zest to support the endeavors of enriching the lives of students through the dance discipline, spawns from the rewards she has derived from her identity as dance artist first. Thea currently serves as Communications and Engagement lead at Ballet Hispánico’s School of Dance, bridging parallels of dance practices from the classroom to other educational learning opportunities for student, parent, faculty, and alumni communities, as part of the school’s Enrichment Program.