The FSU School of Dance would like to welcome our new faculty Kehinde Ishangi and Tiffany Rhynard!
Assistant Professor Tiffany Rhynard is a filmmaker, choreographer, and activist. Having created over 60 works for stage and screen, Rhynard’s choreography, dance films, and documentaries have been presented nationwide and internationally. Her dance for the camera pieces have screened at film festivals such as the Dancing for the Camera at the American Dance Festival and at ScreenDance Miami where she won First Prize for her film Invisible Queens. Her documentaries focus on social justice issues and her first doc Little House in the Big House won best documentary at the Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival. Her most recent documentary Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America premiered at Outfest in summer 2016 where it received the Freedom Award for promoting justice and equality in the LGBTQ community. Forbidden was also awarded the first ever Social Justice Film Award from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Rhynard is currently in post-production for Black Stains, a docu-dance film collaboration with choreographer Trent D. Williams, Jr. that addresses the dynamics of black male identity in the 21st century. The project received a Production Grant from Dance Films Association. A cross-disciplinary artist, Rhynard has collaborated with choreographer and performer Christal Brown, poet Karma Mayet Johnson, internationally renowned composer Lei Liang, and real-time digital media artist Marlon Barrios Solano on the evening length production I’m Right, You’re Wrong. As a performer, Rhynard has danced for Gerri Houlihan, Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, Chavasse Dance and Performance Group and in repertory works by Zvi Gotheiner.
Assistant Professor Kehinde Ishangi has performed with classical and contemporary dance companies such as Ballethnic Dance
Company and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Internationally, she has worked with Compagnie James Carlès and Compagnie Georges Momboye. She has had the pleasure of working with Donald McKayle, Eleo Pomare, Milton Myers, Jawole Zollar, Gerri Houlihan, Christopher Huggins and Ron Brown, among others. Currently, Ms. Ishangi is a member of KM Dance Project and Narcisse/Movement Project in New Orleans, LA.
Kehinde holds an MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BA in Dance Pedagogy from Brenau University. She is a Franklin Method® Educator, certified GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS® AND STOTT PILATES® Instructor. As a dance scientist, she founded The Ishangi Institute, to further her research and application of practices leading to the integral health and longevity of dancers and athletes. Ms. Ishangi has taught internationally at dance schools and conservatories and will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Florida State University for the 2016-2017 school year.