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October 24, 2008

ULM Dance Department proud to feature new faculty member Tina Mullone in Fall Fusion Nov. 20

The ULM Dance Department will proudly feature its new assistant professor Tina Nicole Mullone in the upcoming Repertory Dance Ensemble’s Fall Fusion on Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium.

Two of her works will be seen:

ULM Director of Dance Robin Stephens declared, “Ms. Mullone is not only an accomplished Modern Dancer, but she also brings significant training in ballet, jazz, folk, and ballroom dance to our faculty. She is versatile, professional and extremely likeable. We are fortunate to have her here.”

Mullone has choreographed and performed with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, Beckles Dancing Company and JoAnna Norris Dance Company (Detroit/Brooklyn). She has also choreographed for Lisbon Elementary School in Dallas, Texas. Her performing has taken her to Germany, Mexico, Philadelphia, New York City, and the Texas region. She strives to keep the arts alive through performing, choreographing and teaching.

Mullone professed herself “very excited in embarking on this new adventure at the University of Louisiana Monroe.”

More about the ULM Dance Department’s new faculty member, Tina Mullone:

Mullone, originally of Fort Worth, Texas, began her training in ballet under Fernando Schaffenburg. She continued to study character, jazz and modern dance at Texas Christian University’s Summer Workshops.

Before attending the University of Oklahoma, she began her summer study at the Dallas Black Dance Academy under the direction of Darryl Sneed. There she furthered her training in Lester Horton, Martha Graham and Katherine Dunham techniques. At the University of Oklahoma, Mullone continued her ballet training and studied the techniques of Jose Limon, Graham, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman, as well as jazz.

She had the privilege and honor to perform with Sneed, Theresa Sneed-Hardy and Ramona Jackson in an independent project, “Comin’ from the Hip,” presented at the Dallas Museum of Art in the summer of 1993. Mullone choreographed for the Miss Black Oklahoma pageant of 1993 and the first black play in the School of Drama, Lorraine Hansberry’s “To be Young, Gifted and Black,” in 1994. Not only was she a member of the Oklahoma Ballet Company and the Modern Dance Repertory Company, she also performed in Bob Fosse’s “Chicago” in the University’s School of Theater. Along with her dance studies, she developed a love for visual art as well.

After graduating in 1995, Mullone joined the JAADE Dance Theatre under Jubilee Theatre. She not only performed for the company, but also taught dance classes for the studio and the outreach program. In 1997, she became assistant artistic director and choreographed for the dance company and the junior dance company, Focus. She also taught dance and art for the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Fine Arts Program. In 1998, she became a member of Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and a teacher for the company as well.

The following year, she joined the Nova Dancing Company, now renamed Beckles Dancing Company. She also taught dance classes for the School of the Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet, now Texas Ballet Theater, as well as outreach ballet classes for the school.

In 2001-2002, Mullone joined two companies in Philadelphia, Bianca G. Harris and Friends and Kariamu & Company, during her attendance at Temple University. While in Philadelphia, Mullone taught for Freedom Theater, Max Myers Recreation Center and several classes at Temple University as a graduate assistant.

During her professional career, she has attended the summer workshops at Dallas Black Dance Academy, as well as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, Texas Women’s University with Bebe Miller, Philadanco Dance School, International Association of Blacks in Dance (1997, 1999 and 2001), and most recently Urban Bush Women.

Adding on to her experiences, Mullone has studied under numerous dance instructors and completed her master’s degree in dance from Texas Christian University by way of Temple University. During her time at Texas Christian University, she taught dance, dance history, and completed other assignments as needed. Her postgraduate teaching includes Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, Beckles Dancing Company, Mountain View College, North Central Texas College, and Tarrant County Colleges South, Southeast and Northeast.

This past spring, she was an instructor for Dancing Classrooms North Texas. This program taught fifth graders ballroom dancing. The movie “Mad Hot Ballroom” documented this very same program in New York City.

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