An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times

--Nina Simone

 

Raianna Brown's work has been described as powerful, groundbreaking, innovative, empowering, and genius. A heartfelt dance artist adept in a range of styles including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and modern, Raianna Brown crafts movement that is thoughtful and cutting edge.

 

An Atlanta native, Raianna began studying dance at the Spelman Summer Dance Institute in her youth and went on to further her training at Price Performing Arts Center.  Since then, she has trained throughout the country with world renowned companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York and Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco.   

 

Raianna’s work has been commissioned by notable local organizations such as City Gate Dance Theater and Dare Dream Dance.  In 2015, she took her work abroad as a guest choreographer with StaibDance Company in Sorrento, Italy. Soon after, she became the youngest choreographer to be selected to present work in the Dance Canvas ‘Introducing the Next Generation’ performance series.  Throughout her career, Raianna has had the pleasure of working with prominent artists such as Rennie Harris, George Staib, Earl Mosley, Gregory Sinacori, Chloe Arnold, Jason Samuel Smith, T. Lang, and Otis Sallid, among others.

 

Raianna is currently enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology as an Industrial Engineering major and dual-enrolled at Emory University studying with their dance program.  In addition to working towards her Bachelor’s degree, Raianna continues to hone her craft and further her promising career through her work in the Atlanta dance community and beyond. 

 

Raianna now serves as Founder and Artistic Director of Komansé Dance Theater (KDT). KDT will premiere January 25th - 26th , 2019 at The Ferst Center for the Arts as part of the GT Arts 2018- 2019 Season. 

 

Photo credits: Ari Skin Photography and Dare Dream Dance, FilmGod