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COBA - Biographies
Charmaine Headley in 'Orisha Suite'
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TEISHA SMITH
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Teisha Smith began dancing at the age of four training in Ballet and Jazz at Louise Woodvine Dance Academy in Barbados.
Teisha Smith began dancing at the age of four training in Ballet and Jazz at Louise Woodvine Dance Academy in Barbados. Beginning at a young age she participated in many charity shows, pantomime productions and cultural art festivals. In 2001 she taught ballet and jazz to young students for a year at the Louise Woodvine Dance Academy as well as working at Plantation Restaurant performing in a Cabaret Production called “Bajan Roots and Rhythms”.In 2002, Teisha was accepted to Ryerson University where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Performance major in dance, a four year program. She has had the opportunity to perform in Ryerson Dances 2004 and 2005 produced by Nadia Potts as well as showcasing her own works in Choreographic Works 2004 and 2005 produced by Vicki St Denys. She has had the pleasure to work with inspiring choreographers and guest teachers such as Vicki St Denys, Kathleen Rea, Patricia Beatty, Marie José, Kenny Pearl and Eddison B. Lindsay.

Since graduating in 2006, Teisha has continued to work with Kathleen Rea, the artistic director of REAson d’etre Productions as an apprentice on her work ‘Frames’ in 2006 and as a company member on her Dora Award Nomination work ‘Long Live’ in 2008.

This is her 6th season as a company member of COBA. She has had the opportunity to do Ethnographic research and tour company works by Charmaine Headley, Jeanguy Saintus, Vincent Mantose, Sis Robin Hibbert, Julia Morris, Bakari I.Lindsay as well as a collaborative piece with Barwen Tavaziva in Toronto, Ottawa, Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados and England.

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