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“…Rea-Fisher’s choreography is intricate, varying from understated to explosive in a matter of moments. She is well versed in the Monte aesthetic-athletic and leggy with a velvety, sensual texture. However, Rea-Fisher pushed the familiar tone further with off-kilter balances and moments of fury. why so curious? brought Elisa Monte Dance into the future, creating a distinctive artistic path for its newly appointed leader.”
— Dance Europe, March 2015 ~ Trina Mannino
 
Tiffany Rea dances like a lit fuse. Energy radiates from her powerful legs and muscular arms. Sparks seem to fly from the funky curls atop her head.
— Emily Macel, Dance Magazine

Tiffany Rea-Fisher's Press Kit 

TIFFANY REA-FISHER is the newly appointed Artistic Director of Elisa Monte Dance. Tiffany joined Elisa Monte Dance in 2004 where she was principal dancer until 2010, performing lead roles in such classic works as Treading, Pigs and Fishes, Shattered and Volkmann Suite. She was named Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” person for their 2007 August issue based on her performance during the company’s 2006 season at the Joyce Theater and since then has been featured in nation and international publications for both her dancing and choreography. As a choreographer Tiffany has had the pleasure of creating numerous pieces for the company most notably meeting and having her work performed for the Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg.

Tiffany’s work extends well beyond the stage creating work for the film, fashion and the music industry. In 2012 Tiffany was chosen to create a new work for the Louis Vuitton / Reconstruction 3.0 Life is a Journey project. In 2015 Tiffany choreographed Transcendence a dance film for fashion designer Paola Hernández 2015 fashion week runway show. Paola and Tiffany are currently collaborating on a live fashion, dance film event for Paola’s line for the winter of 2016. 

Teaching is a big part of Tiffany’s position and she has since taught master classes and workshops at The Ailey School, City Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Dickinson State University, George Mason University, Juilliard, NYU Tisch, Peridance, SUNY Purchase, and Wells College . Currently she is on faculty at the Joffrey School of Ballet and a substitute teacher at Steps on Broadway.

In 2009 Tiffany and her husband started the non-profit Inception to Exhibition (ITE) which supports NYC-based artists in the fields of Dance, Theater, Music and Film through monetary grants and performance/exhibition opportunities. Tiffany's current affiliations include Women of Color in the Arts Member, Dance/USA Member, Steps on Broadway (substitute teacher) and Purchase College (substitute teacher).

Tiffany Rea-Fisher received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College SUNY. While at Purchase she co-founded ForArts, the school’s first interdisciplinary presenting organization, which provided opportunities for students from different conservatories to create collaborative works. In 2004 Tiffany created, directed, and curated Dance at the Tank. She left the Tank in 2007 and currently serves on their advisory board.

This summer Tiffany was commissioned as the choreographer for the Classical Theater of Harlem’s production of Macbeth.

 
 
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The choice to dance is completely instinctual, completely compelling. We all struggle through life trying to understand why we’re here and what we’re doing. For me, dance has always been my way of communicating of finding answers. There was just no other path.
— Elisa Monte
 

ELISA MONTE (Resident Choreographer) made her professional debut dancing with Agnes DeMille. She then went on to continue her dance career as principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch, and Pilobolus among others. Monte’s first choreographic work, Treading (1979), defined her as an important innovator and contributor to contemporary dance.

Her signature style, recognized as daring, intense, and passionate, is classical and highly athletic. Rooted in sensuality and controlled, sustained energy, Monte’s work is notable for its expansive range of movement. Hers is a diverse movement vocabulary that refuses stylistic conformity.

Ms. Monte often collaborates with artists in other disciplines, examples being: composers Glenn Branca, Richard Peaslee, Barbara Kolb, David Van Tieghem, Joe Dallarda; architects Todd Williams and Billie Tsien and visual artists Philip Tsiaras.

Since the Company’s inception, Monte has choreographed more than 50 works danced by this company and others, including Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet Gulbenkian of Portugal, Teatro alla Scala Ballet, Philadanco, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theater, the Batsheva Dance Company of Israel the PACT Contemporary Dance Company of South Africa.

Monte was among the first choreographers awarded commission by the National Choreography Project. This resulted in Monte creating VII for VIII for the Boston Ballet.

Now into her third decade of choreography, Monte’s Volkmann Suite, Slope of Enlightenment, Shattered, and other recent works have received widespread acclaim and represent her continuing contribution to dance. As Artistic Director of the Company, Monte has seen her career come full circle. Just as Treading was created as part of an initiative to develop new choreographers from within the Martha Graham Dance Company, today Monte is strongly committed to identifying and nurturing new talent, “As I reflect on my evolution from student to teacher, I hope to be able to offer as much to younger dancers as I received from those who came before me.”

 
 
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