Theresa Ruth Howard
Philadelphia Civic Ballet Company
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Donald Byrd/The Group: Guest
Armitage Gone! Dance
Complexions Contemporary Ballet: Guest
Theresa Ruth Howard began her professional dance career with the Philadelphia Civic Ballet Company at the age of 12. She later joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem where she had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. She has worked with choreographer Donald Byrd as a soloist in his staging of New York City Opera’s Carmina Burana, in his critically acclaimed Harlem Nutcracker, as well as the controversial domestic violence work The Beast. In 2004, she became a founding member of Armitage Gone! Dance and was invited to be a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s 10th anniversary season.
Ms. Howard has been a member of the ballet faculty at the Ailey School for over 18 years. She has been an artist in residence at Hollins University and New Haven University, in addition to teaching at Sarah Lawrence College, Marymount, Shenandoah University, University of the Arts, and the historical American Dance Festival. Ms. Howard has adjudicated arts competitions and taught in Russia, Italy, Canada, and Bulgaria. She has taught at the Joffrey Ballet School (NY) as well as co-facilitating a Body Awareness workshop and the Jazz Contemporary division of the program.
As a writer, Ms. Howard has contributed to The Source, Pointe Magazine, Dance Magazine, Germany’s Tanz, and Italy’s Expressions. She is a contributing writer for Dance Magazine online. Her articles about body image prompted her to create mybodymyimage.com, which endeavors to help others build a positive body image through respect, acceptance, and appreciation. Her article The Misty-rious Case of the Vanishing Ballerinas of Color: Where have all the Others Gone? was the subject of Race and Dance Townhall: REAL TALK at the Dance/USA conference in June 2015. Ms. Howard launched MoBBallet.org, digitally archiving the Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet. One of MoBB’s first projects was to help organize and facilitate the first ever audition for Black female ballet dancers for major ballet organizations at the 2015 International Association of Blacks in Dance conference. MoBBallet is a 2016 Knight Foundation grantee for the documentation of Philadelphia’s Black ballet history.
~We are only as strong as our stories~
Articles by Theresa:
First International Ballet Conference at Dutch National Ballet, Ilona Landgraf
Real Talk: Race and Dance at the Dance/USA Conference
Theresa Ruth Howard’s Dance Magazine articles
And now a word from the darker side…, Dance Magazine
Diversity is the New Black, Dance Magazine
Face to Face: Matthew Rushing, Dance Teacher
Black-a-Rina: a body of mind, Dance Magazine
Stepping Way Way Out, The Arts Fuse
Armitage brings a steely edge, The Boston Globe
The Scent of Change, Dance View Times
Life Passing Before You, Gay City News
Molten Ballet, The Village Voice
Armitage Gone! Dance, MASSMoCA, Times Union