Tinka Head Shot

Tinka began her training in New York City with the Harkness Ballet and went on to tour the world extensively in a number of Broadway shows as well as being principal soloist with the American Dancemachinefor 10 years. This company created a living archive of Broadway choreography that would have otherwise been lost. She also served for years as dance assistant to pioneers that changed the role of dance in theatre such as Lee Theadore, Agnes DeMille, and Buzz Miller. She worked intimately with Broadway veterans including Gwen Verdon, and Chita Rivera. She was guest soloist for New York City Opera. She continues to study and perform different styles from cultures that influence American jazz dance including African, Brazilian, Cuban and East Indian. Her expertise is Theatre Dance and she has been teaching for 30 years. Tinka currently is in her 16th year of teaching at Cornish College of the Arts, both in the theatre and dance departments and continues to teach master classes throughout the country. She’s also taught for Spectrum Dan Theater Donald Byrd), Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program as well as The 5thAvenue Theater in Seattle. Tinka’s on Faculty for the Summer Dance Lab at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.