Guest Teacher & Choreographer
Maria Antonieta (Toni) Bravo Originally from Mexico City, and naturalized American, Bravo holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a master's degree in Theatre History and Criticism, with a minor in Dance Pedagogy (UT, 1987).
Ms. Bravo left Latin America in 1979 since then she has studied and performed throughout the planet before she settled in Austin, Texas.
Most notably, Bravo studied in London ath the Royal Academ of Dance and the Imperial Society of Dance, with Ruth French, John Field and Dame Ninette de Valois in 1976, In 1983 she studied with Anita Dyche, Camile Hill and Frank Yezer in Houston.
In 1985 she became asistant to the director of Dance Repertory Theatre at UT, Austin where she studied with Leon Danielian and Sharon Vasquez. And in 1989 Bravo spent 9 months in Essen Germany, teaching and training with the Gymnasium Essen Werden and Pina Bausch’s company in Wuppertal.
In Austin she has worked with almost everyone in the dance and theatre scenes. In 1994 she founded Diverse Space Dance Theatre. Her work consists of different dance styles, Dances and Rhythms from different sectors in the World.
She was awarded best choreographer title by Austin Chronicle's “Best Of Austin” for three years in a row. She presents her independent works through Diverse Space Dance Theatre and continuously choreographs pieces for Austin Shakespeare and The Vortex Repertory Theatre.
Ms. Bravo is an independent choreographer and a full time faculty member for the Ballet Austin Academy where she also directs the Dance in Education continuous Projects taught in AISD schools. Ms. Bravo designs the curriculum, trains the instructors and teaches dance and movement classes that integrate academic subjects into a kinetic system of learning titled “Leaps and No Bounds”.
The specific curricular goals of this program are to facilitate learning in the areas of math, science and language by providing an alternative method for introduction of curricular information. She has also conducted movement program at St. Andrew’s Episcopalian High School and Johnston High School.
She is currently designing and teaching the dance program at St. Michael’s Academy; where she has also choreographed several different Musicals. Since 2010 Bravo has taught and choreography in Spain, Germany, England, and Ireland every Summer.