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IMANI TAHIRA HOPKINS

CHOREOGRAPHER

imani.tahira@icloud.com

EDUCATOR

JUSTICE ADVOCATE

tahiraedu.weebly.com

S O C I A L

+01 347 368 9066

P R O F I L E
I am an inquisitive creative artist, passionate about activating the unheard
voices of individuals; whether in the creative arts (dance, music, theater,
writing, etc.) or justice advocacy, my vocation is to find connections within
the inner self, the community and the global world around us.
Educationally, I seek to present an authentic, inquisitive and holistic
approach in learning, to facilitate the education of the full student.

fb.me/imanitahira
@itsimani
@tahiraedu

P R O F E S S I O N A L
Coordinator of Performing Arts
Notre Dame High School
Aug 2011 - Present
Contemporary Modern/Ballet
Dance Instructor
Dance Affair + various others
Jul 2008 - Present
Dance Company Artistic Director
Tahira: The Pure Dance Theatre
Mar 2007 - Present
LiV Dance Collective (Assoc.)
Jan 2016 - Present

Developed a social media strategy to increase visibility within community


Pioneered Dance Company for gifted and passionate aspiring dance artists
Written and assisted in writing relevant Arts Ed curriculum now UC approved
Created an infrastructure for the massive growth of the VAPA department
Pioneered Cont. Modern dance pathway for pre-professional development
Matured the calliber of dance as art in addition to recreation
Created a large repertoire of quality choreography
Founded and directed TahiraPDT until 2012, becoming a pick-up company
Collaborated with bodypaint artist, Trina Merry at SUBZERO Festival 2011
Produced countless works alone and in collaboration with neighboring artists
Artist in Residence with LiV Dance Collective, Member of the Board
Instated Associate Artistic Director, January 2016, under Terronique Brown

E X P E R T I S E
Performing Arts

E X P E R I E N C E

E D U C A T I O N
2004 - 2008

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance Arts; Minor, Humanities


California Institute of the Arts
Emphasis on Choreography

2016 - 2017

MERIT - Krause Center of Innovation


Krause Center of Innovation at Foothill College
MERIT certified teacher

Dance Education
Choreography
Composition + Improvisation
Art As Advocacy
Dance Curator
Dance Instructor

S K I L L S
Creative Direction
1:1 Mentoring + Leadership
Blogging + Social Media

2016 - 2018

Master's of Education (TESOL)


Grand Canyon University

R E F E R E N C E S

A F F I L I A T I O N S

Eran DeSilva
Mentor/Dir. of Prof. Development
edesilva@ndsj.org

Tamar's Justice - 501(c)3


Core Member
2009 - Present

Erica Fairfield
Owner/Founder of Dance Affair
erica@thedanceaffair.com

VIVE Church
Creative Team
2015 - Present

Strategic Planning
Personal Mastery
Educational Technology
Creative Problem Solving
Time Management