A Chicago native, Tanya fell in love with Austin after a weekend trip. As a disabled dancer, she loves creating and enjoys pushing the boundaries of art and movement. Tanya's career as an artist began in theater in 2005 and shifted to dance in 2007 thanks to wooden chair and the desire to tell a story. As a student of Austin Community College, she gained extensive background in improvisation and choreography. Tanya became a certified DanceAbility teacher in 2011. Currently she dances and holds the artistic directors role in Body Shift Collective, program of Art Spark Dance. She choreographs, performs, teaches and educates and advocates for inclusion in dance. She hopes that her work will motivate other dancers to think outside the box and erase the line between ability and disability. Making art and finding dance has changed my life. I can’t imagine who I’d be without it.
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