SKIN DANCE company is vehicle for artistic value and self-expression through the language of movement arts. Tina Thompson seeks to provide the opportunities, challenges, infrastructures for personal growth to its artists, students, community and future generations to come. Tina Thompson believes dance is a universal language by storytelling through movement. Her vision is to touch the audience members physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Having choreographed over 22 Modern-Ballet works/ Thompson's choreography touches matters of the emotions and the state of the world. At SKIN Dance Company we believe the arts help young people to develop the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century, yet many communities suffer from a lack of arts access. Many communities and NYC schools have limited arts programming Underrepresented populations are not afforded the same opportunities to develop skills through programs in the arts.
Here at SKIN and Staten Island Contemporary Arts we serve as an arts outreach and facilitate arts programming that prioritizes youth. - We are a student-centered community of dancers, performing artists and educators that support youth voices, ideas, and interests. Group Networking- We know that when collaborating, solving problems, learning from and with their peers, young people are more engaged in their own learning. Achieve Goals - We provide structure and support for our students to carry out their own plans and support young people in overcoming hurdles and building their resilience. Foster Safe Space - We understand that to create authentically, we must feel free to experiment, explore, and make mistakes. Support Diversity and Culture - We share the responsibility of supporting each student by building relationships and connections to the communities we serve. The SKIN Dance instructional model is focused on excellence in high-quality educational arts programs with intentional strategies to foster this change.
Tina Thompson is an Executive Producer, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Writer, Performing Arts Educator and theater arts teaching artist for Learning through excellence programming (LEAP). She has won numerous arts council awards for choreography and fellowships in Dance. She is the recipient of the Carmen De Lavallade artistic fellowship award in 2008. Her background includes full scholarships/ professional training and performance experience at all four institutions of Dance; Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Juilliard and alumni of the Long Island University where she also received an arts scholarship in Dance Leadership. She helps spread her knowledge by teaching dance workshops and fitness events throughout the Tri-State Area. Her Choreography has been set on music artists and dancers locally and internationally. She has been a leader in the Competitive Fitness world for over a decade. She has numerous titles in World/ National Fitness and physique competitions. She has been a MS. FITNESS USA ambassador for the United States. Tina Thompson has been an educator, mentor and arts facilitator for over 20 years. Skin Dance company is based in Staten Island, New York City and Thompson's works have graced the stage of 'Porch Plays' Snug Harbor Cultural Arts Center, Blumenthal Arts Center, Ailey Citi-Group Theater, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Symphony Space, Sheen Arts Center, City College Performing Arts Center and Staten Island Museum.
Tina Thompson has studied at the Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham and Dance Theatre of Harlem Professional Schools of Dance. She was given scholarships at all three institutions. She was given a full distinguished professional training scholarship at the Dance Theatre of Harlem while attending The Juilliard School. She has trained with Arthur Mitchell DTH (Bessie Elmer, Walter Raines, Alfredo Corvino and Loel Smith). She has performed at American Dance Festivals, City Center, Metropolitan Opera House, Alice Tully Hall, Continental Airlines Arena and throughout Romania. Tina was the first choreographic award recipient for the Welcome back to Brooklyn festival at 17 years of age. As well as being one of the youngest choreographers to ever receive this award. Alumni of the Erasmus Performing Arts High School and Academy of the Arts (from where she graduated early with honors), she went on to the world prestigious and infamous Juilliard School of dance. Tina continued her degree studies at LIU Brooklyn Campus in Exercise Physiology. Tina is a 2023 Josephine Baker Legacy Award Recipient for the AAWIC (African American Women in cinema). Tina is also the 2007 Carmen de Lavallade Artistic fellowship Recipient and the 2009 Excellence in the Arts /COASHI DCA Art Fund Grant Recipient for (Choreography Awards)- 'ECCENTRICA- THE SKIN PROJECT" & SUMMERFEST 2009.In 2019 she started a work in progress of her newest premiere JUNGIAN FRUITS and JOSEPHINE'S COTTON (off-Broadway Revue) based on the life of Josephine Baker. Tina has been the director of SKIN- The Tina Thompson Dance Co. for the past 20 years and producer of the off-Broadway production/ Josephine's Cotton -The Revue. She is a fitness Ambassador and an 8X Ms. Fitness USA/ World Competitor. She has been an award recipient for the National Endowment of the Arts in Dance an is currently the Executive Director of Staten Island Contemporary Dance.
Tina Thompson is an Executive Producer, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Writer, Performing Arts Educator and respected fitness professional in New York City. She has won numerous arts council awards for choreography and fellowships in Dance. Her background includes full scholarships/ professional training and performance experience at all four institutions of Dance; Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Juilliard and alumni of the Long Island University where she also received an arts scholarship in Dance Leadership. She helps spread her knowledge by teaching dance workshops and fitness events throughout the Tri-State Area. Her Choreography has been set on music artists and dancers locally and internationally.
She has been a leader in the Competitive Fitness world for over a decade. She has numerous titles in World/ National Fitness and physique competitions. She has been a MS. FITNESS USA ambassador for the United States. She has been the fitness coordinator for many private and commercial health facilities in NYC. Tina Thompson is currently working in arts education and producing pilots entitled UNDANCED & Beauty in The Spirit Podcast. For Tina Thompson, it’s about removing the barriers that have been blocks in your life in order to move forward. One of her favorite's quotes are: “Pain is the reaction of the body, as long as you have the body, some pain is inevitable. Suffering is the contraction of the mind, and unlike pain, is optional. Don't add suffering to pain". Excellence is her bar so people setting obstacles for this woman of color is nothing new. Tina Thompson has been an educator, mentor and arts facilitator for over 20 years.
***Mentorship is the influence, guidance, or direction given by a mentor. Mentor is someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person. In an organizational setting, a mentor influences the personal and professional growth of a mentee.
Tina Thompson-Pope- CEO, Founder/ Executive Artistic Director
SKIN DANCE COMPANY/ SKIN PRODUCTIONS/ SKIN Arts Initiative
Founder/ Executive Artistic Director's Administration Team
Company Managing Associate Director - Josef Woodson
Senior Associate Advisor- Natasha DeVaughn
Production/Tour Manager- Lance Pope
Stage; Lighting Tech Operations- Frank Picon
Photography/ Media- Andrew Williams
Facilitation Management: Tina Thompson
Arts & Education Directors: Tina Thompson/ Josef Woodson
Costume Design: Jessica Morales/ Tina Thompson
2002 MS. FIGURE EMPIRE STATE Champion
2002 Ms. Fitness legacy, 1st runner-up
2003 Ms. Fitness USA, 11th Place
2004 Ms. Fitness USA, 8th Place
2004 Ms. Fitness New Jersey, 3rd Place
2004 OCB Ms. Fitness Iron City, 3rd place
2004 OCB Iron City- women's figure classic, 4th Place
2004 Fitness America NY Regional, 4th place
2004 Ms. Fitness North Eastern Regional, 3rd place
2005 Ms. Fitness USA, 6th Place
2005 Ms. Fitness Virginia- Fitness Champion
2005 Ms. Fitness Legacy, 2nd place
2006 Ms. Fitness USA, 1st runner-up
2006 Ms. Fitness World, 3rd place
2006 IFF Fitness Woman World, Fitness Ambassador/ Romania
2006 Sansha Ambassador
2007 Ms. Fitness USA, 4th place
2008 Ms. Fitness Legacy, 4th place
2008 NPC Brooklyn Grand Prix, Fitness Champion
2008 NPC Eastern Fitness, 4th place
2009 Ms. Fitness USA, 9th place
Fitness is life! So when you do your best; you breathe, you achieve, and you grow more passionate.
Never leave YOU at home! Compete with yourself.
'When someone shows you who they aren't BELIEVE them' -
'When someone shows you who the are believe them'-
You may Forget what you got but remember where you got it-
HUNTER College Campus Schools Initiative 2016-2018