Artistic Director of Grown Women Dance Collective, Tonya received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley & trained four years on full scholarship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. A member of Actors Equity Association, she has appeared with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater &Donald Byrd, was a member of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Footprints & Amy Pivar Dances, performed in the International Tour of "West Side Story", the National Tour of "Sesame St. Live", Sacramento Music Circus' "The King & I", and has been featured in numerous print ads& TV commercials. She is the owner of Aspire Pilates Center in Concord for which she was awarded Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce's "100 Women of Influence" in 2010, Women's Initiative's Concord Female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011, andSmall Business of the Year 2013. The author of a monthly Health & Wellness column for the Pleasant Hill Community Focus newspaper, Tonya is currently putting the finishing touches on her Fall Prevention For Seniors dvd. She is proud to create cross cultural/ cross generational bridges through her company, Grown Women Dance Collective.