After spending nearly 20 years as a principal dancer with the prestigious Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City, Tyrone Brooks becomes the new Artistic Director this season of The Tallahassee Ballet, a regional, semi-professional company that features a combination of classical and cutting-edge ballet that can be seen in the state’s capital city.
Brooks announced his arrival by presenting the world premiere of his dance work “Quiet Ideas” as part “An Evening of Music & Dance: Romance & Intrigue” by TTB in early September.
When Brooks was 16, he was blown away by ballet when The Dance Theatre of Harlem visited his high school in Hampton, Va., for a show.
“That was the first live theater I’d ever seen,” Brooks told the Tallahassee Democrat. “I was hooked from the beginning. I knew right then and there that it was what I wanted to do with my life. I had to be on that stage.”
Brooks holds a Certificate in Advanced Business Administration from Lynchburg College and has worked as a frequent visiting assistant professor at Florida State University’s dance department. He replaces choreographer and FSU dance professor Rick McCullough, who stepped aside this spring to teach and work on other projects.
You can catch TTB in two upcoming performances: “The Nutcracker” with a live orchestra, Dec. 20-21, and “Sleeping Beauty,” May 10-11, 2014, both in FSU’s Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.
Info: 850-224-6917; www.tallahasseeballet.org