Toranika Washington


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About Me

“I get excited about sharing the value of movement with influencers and decision-makers. I create collaborative spaces for self-discovery and opportunities for students to use movement as another source to help them navigate life and develop stronger relationships.”


Toranika Washington is a Lecturer of Dance at the Frost School of Music. She teaches jazz and modern dance technique classes. She was awarded a Master’s of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University, a Master’s of Arts in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Radio and Television Broadcasting from the University of Central Florida. In 2011, she was one of eight national dance educators chosen to receive the SURDNA Arts Teacher Fellowship. The scholarship allowed her to continue her dance training at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. After demonstrating exemplary dance arts education in K-12 schools, Professor Washington received the 2013 Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year award. 


Her dance training began as a child with Michael Williams and Susan Quinn, former members of the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Company in Chicago, Illinois. She has performed professionally for Florida Dance Companies and was a performer for Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Currently, she is the co-director of Washington Smith Productions, a Miami-based dance performance group, and a faculty member of New World School of the Arts College and Miami City Ballet.


Post MFA degree, Professor Washington continued her studies to become a CMA, Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Barteniefff Institute of Movement Studies in New York, University of Maryland, and Koolskamp, Belgium. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator through the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. Professor Washington is the CEO of Somatic Soul Food-Movement Consulting. She facilitates Embodied Leadership programs for the Coca Cola Company and works with individual corporations, executives, and athletes to improve body language awareness, strengthen soft skills, and improve all levels of performance.


As an educator, she was on the panel that wrote the New Generation Sunshine State Standards for the state of Florida, currently called CPALMS. It is an educational source for standards and course descriptions for K-12 public schools. Professor Washington has presented numerous international masterclasses and clinics, and she has adjudicated dance competitions at colleges and university institutions.  Professor Washington is looking forward to adding Author to her list of accomplishments and is excited to release her first book in January of 2020.