Tanya Yvonne has been fascinated with many dance styles from an early age. The first formal dance training she received was in Middle Eastern dance and Flamenco at DanMar Dance Academy in Houston.
She spent the next ten years studying and teaching a variety of dance styles from Salsa, Hip-hop and Brazilian Samba.
She is proud to have taken part in events whose sole purpose was for the preservation and education of the beauty of different cultures through dance.
Tanya has performed with Island Touch, Yamulee Houston, Grupo Elite and traveled to teach at festivals in Europe, Guadeloupe, Malaysia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and countless cities in the USA in multiple styles. Her most recent dance project is the creation of Twerkniques or TWRKNQS, for short. This is a class focused on body isolations and the female sensuality.
1. Could you tell us a little about your dance career?
I started dancing at the age of eight. At first, I was training in Belly Dance and Flamenco but the love for dance then triggered other styles to come along later. I spent most of my time at a local Houston studio called DanMar Dance Academy. There is where I did everything from Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet and different Latin folkloric dances. After graduating from college in Austin, I moved back to Houston where I started training with Troy Anthony thus bringing my focus to Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba. Since then, I have had the most amazing opportunities to travel, to teach and perform around the globe. My most recent project has been something completely different than what I typically do. It’s a new class called ‘Twerkniques’ a.k.a TWRKNQS. Its focus is on the female sensuality, body isolations and of course a good ol’ twerk.
2. Can you tell us a little about your current goals
Right now, I just want to continue training as much as possible and with multiple instructors to keep building on my craft. I also want to start offering more Twerkniques classes/workshops around Texas.
3. What’s the best thing that has happened to you thanks to dance
This is a really difficult question because so many great things have come out of dancing. If I had to choose the biggest ones it would be being able to travel and meet so many amazing people I probably wouldn’t have met any other way.
4. What is your biggest accomplishment as a dancer
Of course it’s still a work in progress, but I would have to say the creation of Twerkniques. It was the first time I was branding something outside of my solo pieces and offering it to everyone. It was always an idea I had in the back of my mind but somehow, I would talk myself out of pursuing it. When I finally decided to do the first class (take that risk of it being a complete failure) I ended up being happier knowing I gave it a shot. And now that its gotten to where it is and I am so grateful people have been enjoying it.
5. What would you tell to newest dancers that admire you and aspire to be like you
Don’t be like me! Find your own path and just make sure you are loving the process of learning. If you aren’t enjoying your journey through dance, make the changes to make it amazing. Be kind and have fun!
Here is a video of this amazing dancer: