T. Lang Dance creates a poetic expression of movement, illustrating deep, rousing investigations regarding identity and historical narratives. Through the vehicle of modern dance, Lang’s work communicates perspectives with depth and style that capture the viewer with evocative physicality, emotional range and technical feats.

T. Lang

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T. Lang is dedicated to exposing the arts and emerging communities to the creative impact and genius of dance. Lang earned her Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts in performance and choreography from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts respectively.

 

In the early days of her career, Lang danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater. Lang relocated T. Lang Dance from New York City to Atlanta in 2008, continuing to develop, direct, and produce a high-impact blend of traditional and experimental contemporary movement. In 2011, T. Lang was commissioned to create work in collaboration with Grammy award winning artists Sweet Honey in the Rock. This work, 4 Little Girls, was presented at the Gala Concert during the historic unveiling of the King Monument in Washington, DC.

 

Lang’s production of MOTHER / MUTHA premiered in 2012, presented at the Goat Farm Arts Center. Creative Loafing and Arts America called this work a “powerfully thought provoking… masterfully blended work” of “unsettling genius.” MOTHER/MUTHA delves deeply into the dark complexities of American history. It thoroughly examines the origin of objectifying African American women, a topic rarely examined so vividly and honestly through the lens of dance.

 

In 2014, The High Museum of Art and the Goat Farm Arts Center both commissioned Lang to create original work. This ignited the vision for Post Up, the first installment of a four-part series. At the Goat Farm, Post Up pushed the boundaries of dance to create a multimodal experience of rich audio and visual adventure. The second installment, Post Up In The House was presented by the High Museum of Art and performed as a visual installation within the Mi Casa, Your Casa public art exhibition, created by contemporary designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. Also in 2014, T. Lang Dance collaborated on Doxology Ring Shout, a project with American choreographer Dianne McIntyre for the 2014 National Black Arts Festival. Lang’s 2015 season began with a commission from Flux Projects for a collaboration with visual artist, Nick Cave. Nick Cave’s Up Right Atlanta was presented in collaboration with T. Lang Dance at Ponce City Market and was later awarded 2015’s Best Collaboration from Creative Loafing Atlanta. Later in 2015 the third installment of Post Up called LIT Variations #1-10 was performed in various locations throughout the city including the private home studio of visual artist Radcliffe Bailey.

 

Lang’s 2016 season included another commision from the High Museum of Art’s Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit and another award from Creative Loafing Atlanta for Best Choreographer. Lang is an Associate Professor and founding Department Chair of Spelman Dance at Spelman College. Lang stays engaged with the next generation of movement artists through her summer dance intensive SWEATSHOP and as a faculty member at the American Dance Festival and the Staibdance Summer Intensive in Sorrento, Italy.

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The Company

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Emma Lalor
Emma Lalor is passionate about improvisation, invention, floorwork and collaboration. A native of Asheville, NC, Lalor began her dance training under the instruction of Heather Maloy, Artistic Director of Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. She graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts’ competitive high school dance program in 2011. Emma received her BFA in Dance from Florida State University with Honors in the Major. During university, she designed and embarked on a semester at London Contemporary Dance School, the first exchange of its kind within the program. She has attended intensives such as Northwest Dance Project’s LAUNCH, VIM VIGOR, and Movement Invention Project. Lalor has performed works by George Staib, Trey McIntyre, Luca Signoretti, Alex Ketley, Zane Booker, Ilana Goldman and now T. Lang in national and international venues.
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Jacquelle Blythe
Jacquelle is a rhythmic, Jamaican-American dancer who began serious dance training at age 12 attending DeKalb School of the Arts.  Blythe received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. Upon returning to Atlanta, Jacquelle danced as a company member with Zoetic Dance Ensemble from 2011-2015. She also has had the privilege of dancing for T. Lang Dance, during the company’s 12/13 season, performing the premiere of the full evening-length work “Mother/Mutha” in Atlanta in addition to work featured at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA. Currently, Jacquelle works in Arts Administration at Atlanta Ballet and is in her second season with T. Lang Dance.
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Jazmine Brooks
Jazmine “PhaeMonae” Brooks is a movement artist who originated from Washington D.C. Brooks began her training under the direction of Dakiya Lambert at Dimensions Dance Studio in Maryland. Jazmine grew her aspiration for dance in high school where she developed her performance ability, experimenting with raw natural movement. Jazmine attended Georgian Court University full scholarship in dance, where she joined Cardell Dance Theatre under the artist direction of Silvana Cardell for “SUPPER: people on the move.” Jazmine has also trained with Bates Dance Festival and has worked two consecutive years for their Young Dancers Workshop. A new resident of Atlanta, Brooks has recently worked with Greg Catellier for “First Fridays” and T.Lang Dance in “Lit” and now “Post.”
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Indya Childs
Indya studied dance at The Price Performing Arts Center and The Atlanta Ballet. She also attended LINES Ballet summer intensive. She has a B.A. in Dance from Kennesaw State University. In 2015, she was featured in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” She formerly danced with Ballethnic Dance Company. Indya also currently dances with Proia Dance Project. She has danced in the original works of “Post Up ” and “Lit” with T. Lang Dance.
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Scott Wheet
Born and raised in Orland Park, IL, Scott Wheet began dancing at age 17. Wheet graduated summa cum laude from TROY University with a BFA in Dance, where he was exposed to a diverse spectrum of movement and curriculum. During his time in academia, Scott received tutelage from such instructors as Dominique Angel(Joffrey Ballet, NYC), Tracy Gilland(Tisch, NYU), and was even a soloist in guest artist Kyle Abraham’s excerpt of The Watershed – which was set on TROY dancers; this piece opened the Alabama Dance Festival alongside Abraham’s company in 2015. Since moving to Atlanta, Scott has been working with T. Lang Dance, as well as Work Room choreographer Bella Dorado.
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Mandi B. Mpezo
Mandi B. Mpezo is an Atlanta native who began her training at Price Performing Arts Center, Total Dance Studios and Tri Cities VPA Dance Magnet High School, receiving high honors and was awarded the Young Arts Merit Award in West African dance. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Modern Dance from Kennesaw State University under the direction of Ivan Pulinkala. Mandi has trained and performed with gloATL, Atlanta Dance Collective, Ronald K. Brown Evidence Dance Company and currently T. Lang Dance.
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Joshua Archibald
Jamaican-born and Miami-raised, Joshua Archibald is an artist who was frequently exposed to multiple cultures from early childhood. He comes from a family with an artistic background as well; with a music producer for a father, a singer for a mother, and a visual artist as an older sister. He grew up as percussionist, evolving to a jazz drummer when he reached high school. Around that time he also developed some footing in hip-hop dance, training himself as a b-boy. After graduating the engineering program in his school in 2013, he moved on to study dance at Miami Dade College under the tutelage of professors Michelle Grant-Murray, JoAnna Ursal, and Simone Sobers. Having received training in modern dance techniques, ballet, jazz, west-African and afro-Caribbean dance styles, and improvisation. In this time he has also worked with Dr. Rennie Harris (RHAW/ PureMovement), Roger Jeffrey (Deeply Rooted), Nora Chipaumire (independent artist from Zimbabwe) and others.

Board of Directors

Charmaine Minniefield

Deisha Millar

Lyrric Jackson

Allie Bashuk

Brenda Estes

Company Manager

Nina Dolgin

Advisory Board

Dana Lupton

Madison Cario

Susan Bridges

Collaborators

Bubba Carr
David Baerwalde
John Osburn
George Long
Hebru Brantley
Jessica Anderson
Sebastian Monroy
Mikhail Jacob
Michelle Hite
Danny Davis