Tanesha Payne is a performer, choreographer and educator who resides in San Antonio, Texas. She holds a BFA in Dance from Texas State University and is currently working on her MFA in Choreography at Jacksonville University.
In 2003, Mrs. Payne became a member of Danceworks, the repertory company at Florida State College of Jacksonville. While on a full talent grant, her schedule for the following three years was inundated with training, performance work, and directing FSCJ’s Ensemble, the junior company.
Seeking more experience, Tanesha moved to New York City. Although accepted into the certificate and fellowship programs at The Ailey School, her heart led her to join Arch Dance Company under Jennifer Archibald where she served as rehearsal director. During her three years with the company, she taught master classes and performed across the United States. During the off season, Tanesha made appearances in music videos, fashion shows, and performed as a backup dancer for local artists.
Tanesha has had the privilege of working with and/or performing the works of Alonzo King, Paul Taylor, Michael Foley, KT Nelson, and Lula Washington to name a few. Most recently, Tanesha was selected to perform with Rennie Harris’s Pure Movement in the presentation of “Lifted” at the Jo Long Theatre in San Antonio. Tanesha Payne’s choreography has been presented at American College Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival and San Antonio Dances.