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New Dance Faculty Member for Alabama State University

Alabama State University's BFA/Dance Program welcomes a new Assistant Professor of Dance, Ms. Lindsay Renea Benton!

An Ohio native who has always been addicted to movement. She attended Howard University in Washington D.C. and earned her B.F.A. in Dance. In the middle of her senior year while earning her degree she began interning with the Tony Award winning choreographer of the Lion King, Garth Fagan. Upon graduation she joined his company Garth Fagan Dance based in Rochester, New York. During her 5 years as a company member she quickly became a principal senior dancer in the company. Some of her most memorable moments include performing with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Jessye Norman, the Ying Quartet and choreographing for Sean Penn's Haiti relief organization JP/HRO. Throughout her career she has had the pleasure of performing works by many incredible choreographers such as Christopher Huggins, Ronald K. Brown, Chuck Davis, Ayodele Casel, and Sherrill Berryman-Johnson. Lindsay has also had the honor of performing before dignitaries such as Zindzi Mandela( Nelson Mandela's daughter), Dorothy Height, Laura Bush, Caroline Kennedy, and Reverend Mpho Tutu. She has choreographed and performed for The Whispers gospel music video, The Debórah Show (television special), and several musical stage productions. When she is not on stage performing she places a great deal of emphasis on sharing the art of dance through choreographing and teaching Modern, Tap, Jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and Liturgical. She was an adjunct faculty member in the Dance Major program at Youngstown State University. It is with great pride that she has founded Lindsay Renea Dance Theatre to bring the art of dance, creative wellness and cultural diversity to her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. She is received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography at Jacksonville University this past Spring.

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