ABOUT TONI BRAVO

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TRAINING & BACKGROUND

Born Maria Antonieta Bravo in Mexico City, Toni Bravo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Theatre History and Criticism with a Minor in Dance Pedagogy. Since leaving Central America in 1979, she has studied, performed, and choreographed worldwide. Her most notable experiences during her own dance education were in London at The Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Dance. and in Essen/Werden Germany, teaching and training with the Folkwang Schule, Gymnasium Essen Werden and Pina Bausch’s Company in Wuppertal. She continues to research and train in new and inventive techniques worldwide.

CHOREOGRAPHY

Bravo’s work as an independent choreographer consists of different dance styles including Contemporary Modern, Musical Theatre, Contemporary Ballet, Jazz, Nouveau-Latin and dances from other regions of the world. It is also inspired by Movement for Actors and Dance in Education philosophies. She is the founder and artistic director of DiverseSpace Dance Theatre and DiverseSpace Youth Dance Theatre (DSYDT.) DSYDT performs every Summer in Ireland and Berlin, Germany. Learn more…

TEACHING

Throughout Austin, Bravo teaches classes and workshops in Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Fitness, Contemporary Modern and DanceTheatre techniques. She developed the program “Leaps and No Bounds,” while working for Ballet Austin for over 25 years. The goal of this program is to facilitate learning in the areas of math, science, social studies and language arts by providing an alternative kinesthetic method for instruction of curriculum. She also directs the Dance in the Classroom program which brings the beauty and structure of Ballet to elementary school classrooms. In 2019, she is offering scholarships for young people to attend her classes. Learn more…