Meet the Artists

Leah Tubbs, Founding Artistic Director

Leah Tubbs, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, studied dance at Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She toured with the Alabama Ballet during her time at ASFA. She was the recipient of the Duane Dishion Dance Award during her tenure at ASFA. She received the Dancers’ Award at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.  She is a former two-time scholarship recipient of the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive. She has been blessed to dance with several prominent companies such as Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company (DCdC2), Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT), Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Project 21 Dance, L.A. Choreographers and Dancers, Donna Sternberg and Dancers, Jazz Ain’t Dead, and The Zifadanz Group. She was a 2007 recipient of the Puffin Foundation Grant for her Project S.O.L.E. after school dance program allowing her to touch the creative spirits of underexposed girls of color who might not be given the opportunity to artistically express themselves as well as nurture future dancers and arts enthusiasts. She has taught for private and public schools, dance schools, non-profit dance organizations, and summer dance intensives such as Jeraldyn’s School of the Dance (the official school of DCDC and DCdC2), Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland, Lula Washington Dance School, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Tapestry Dance Company and Academy, and Joffrey Ballet School. She created Creative Exploration through Movement (CETM), a customized curriculum that gives students of all ages the freedom of movement in an encouraging, structured environment, that was implemented during Texas Empowerment Academy's eight week summer camp in 2010. She has been selected to present her work for Austin’s Dance Carousel, Big Range Dance Festival, READY SET GO series, and Ten Minutes Max, as well as the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, Jazz Ballet Company, and Arova Contemporary Dance Company. She served as the artistic director and company member of Ballet Afrique Contemporary Dance Company from 2008-2010, where she received three nominations by the Austin Critics Table Awards for best choreographer, best original short work, and for outstanding dance concert. Leah was the 2013 artist-in-residence for the University of Alabama at Birmingham's ArtPlay 3-Week Dance Workshop and the 2015 artist-in-residence at Ramsey High School.
 
Leah created ModArts Dance Collective to celebrate female choreographers of color while building a safe, sustainable community of artists.

Brandon Jones

Brandon Joshua Jones has been a student of dance for twenty-two years. Trained in seven genres, he competed regionally and nationally from ages eight to eighteen. He was awarded a full artistic scholarship to attend the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University, from where he attained a B.A. in dance in Summer 2007. Brandon has danced works by classical and contemporary concert choreographers such as Peter Anastos (Company of Dance Arts,NJ), Kim Gibilisco; formerly of the Alwin Nikolai/Murray Louis ensemble (KGDances,NYC), Cleo Mack (CleoMackDanceProject,NJ), Obediah Wright (BalanceDanceTheatre,NYC), Michelle DeLaReza and Peter Kope(Attack Theatre, PA) and many more. From Fall 2008 to Spring 2009, he was also blessed with the chance to perform with international recording artist Crystal Waters. This led Brandon to the cities of Vienna, Salzburg, Belgrade, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Bucharest, Amsterdam, and Brisbane. Brandon is in his third season with New Jersey’s premier modern dance ensemble The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company.

Matthew Ting

Matthew grew up in El Paso, Texas. He dances for Ballet for Young Audiences, where he also serves as ballet master and rehearsal director. There, Favorite roles include Candy Cane, The Nutcracker Prince, and Marzipan in The Nutcracker, and Mowgli in The Jungle Book. He has also orginated roles in several of BYA's Spring Dances, including the title characters in The Water Goblin and The Accursed Hunter, both choreographed by Edwin Kinter. He has trained with teachers such as Francis Patrelle, Gelsey Kirkland, Jack Hertzog, and master teacher and dance historian Gus Dick Andros. He also dances with the New York Baroque Dance Company, New York Dance Theatre, Connecticut Ballet, Neville Dance Theatre, and mishiDance.

Brittany Wilson

​Brittany Wilson is a Queens native who began her training at the Edge School of the Arts. She later pursued a double major in Dance and Exercise Science at Lehman College in the Bronx. Upon graduation she was presented with The Choreography Award for her senior project entitled “Isn’t It Pretty To Think So”. She has been choreographing original pieces for 9 years which includes producing her first evening length concert in 2011 entitled “Fresh”. Her work has been presented at Lehman College, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Green Space, Bridge For Dance, and Alchemical Theatre Laboratory. In 2014 she was appointed artistic director of Herbert Dance Company at Lehman College in which she was an active member since 2010. Brittany enjoys creating work inspired by, but not limited to, her journey as a woman. Aside from working with the company,  Brittany teaches ballet, tap, and African to children ages 5-8.

Shaun Tubbs, Executive Director

Shaun Tubbs, an Ohio native, holds both a Bachelors (Wright State University) and a Masters of Fine Arts (The University of Texas at Austin) in Acting. He has an extensive background working for arts and academic organizations. As well as a great deal of experience in several administrative and programming roles. Shaun has worked with such programs and organizations as the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s (DCDC) Jeraldyne School of Dance, serving as the lead administrator of the school and Residential Coordinator of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Texas location summer intensive, just to name a few. Some of the work Shaun has done as an actor and director include: REGIONAL THEATRE: The Book of Grace (Zach Scott Theatre), The Tempest, An Ideal Husband, Macbeth (Austin Shakespeare Theatre), A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits (Salvage Vanguard Theatre), Crossing America (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Lobby Hero (Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara), Boys Next Door (Whitmore Lindley Theatre), Jitney (Human Race Theatre Company). OTHER THEATRE: The Red Box, Pride and Prejudice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bad Penny, The Shadow Box, Elephants Graveyard, and Don Juan In Hell (The University of Texas at Austin); The Laramie Project and Our Country’s Good (Wright State University). Shaun is extremely proud to be a part of the growth and vision of ModArts Dance Collective, which strives to create a rich performative dialogue though the power and multifaceted art form of dance. 

Ashley Chavonne

​Ashley is a performing and teaching artist based in New York City. She received her early dance training in ballet, jazz, modern and techniques of the African diaspora in Detroit, MI. Continuing her studies at The Ohio State University, she had the pleasure to work with Bebe Miller, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Rennie Harris among other notable choreographers while earning a B.F.A in dance performance and B.A in strategic communication. Professionally, she has worked with Detroit Dance Collective as a featured performer and teaching artist, NYC based company Jazz Ain't Dead as a featured artist, and Jana Hicks, Marijke Eliasberg and The Next Stage Project as a guest artist. Currently a member of the Treehouse Shakers Dance Theater company and Soul Rebel Dance ensemble, she is excited to be working with ModArts Dance Collective.

Bella Kosmacher

​To Bella Kosmacher, dance is a vehicle for energizing the strength and bliss within every person. As a choreographer, she has presented work at festivals throughout the northeast including, CHOREOGRAPHY ON THE EDGE, MODFEST, the SOUTHERN VERMONT DANCE FESTIVAL, and the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre’s Annual BARDAVON GALA. In 2014, she created, directed, and performed ABUNdANCE, a multi-media performance/workshop featuring movers with a range of experiences including a Central Park boulder climber and her grandmother. Bella has performed works by Sidra Bell, Zvi Gotheiner, Stephen Petronio, Larry Keigwin, Kathy Wildberger, Steve Rooks, and Abby Saxon. Currently, she works as a dance teaching artist at the Boys Club of New York, as programming and performance coordinator for GlobalArts to Go and the Amalgamate Dance Company, and as a Pilates instructor. Bella received a B.A. in Geography – the dance of cultures, environments, and peoples – from Vassar College. She is thrilled and immensely grateful to be a part of the ModArts Dance Collective.

Beverly Lopez

​Beverly was born and raised in the Bronx. She is a dancer in the Herbert H. Dance Company and has choreographed and presented independent work at festivals around New York City. As a graduate with a BFA in Multi-Media and Performing Arts, Beverly is working to bring a performing arts culture to P.S. 25, The Bilingual School. She coordinates seasonal showcases and is structuring a new theatrical element to the after school curriculum. Beverly was trained in the Dancing to Connect℠ methodology through Battery Dance Company’s DTC Institute and will continue to direct her own Dance Bridge program in the Bronx. She wants to thank Leah Tubbs and ModArts Dance Collective for the opportunity to take part in this beautiful collective!