Tania Isaac fuses choreography with personal documentary and social commentary resulting in dances that are elegant and dramatic, yet highly accessible. Her publications explore the spectrum of contemporary dance ranging from essays/commentary on functional mechanics to comparative literary esthetics in performance. She has been a featured speaker with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council creating presentations based on Contemporary Caribbean Dance in Historical and Social Context and launching the PHC Speakers’ WHYY TV series (Humanities Live!). TaniaIsaacDance has presented work across the US and internationally in venues spanning New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Kyoto and the Caribbean.
Twice featured in Dance Magazine, Isaac is a former member of Rennie Harris Puremovement, Urban Bushwomen and David Dorfman Dance. Her early collaborative video work has been screened at the ADF Dancing for the Camera Festival of International Film and Video Dance in North Carolina, at the International Festival of Video Dance, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia as part of the Drexel University TV (DUTV) Unquote Television. Her choreographic work has been funded by the Leeway Foundation, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Independence Foundation, Painted Bride Art Center, the National Performance Network, FringeArts, Harlemstage and Bates Dance Festival among others. She is former resident of the CEC (NewEdge), Painted Bride Art Center, MassMOCA, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts; a US-Japan Exchange Artist, Pew Fellow, MacDowell Fellow and most recently a participant in “An experiment in five acts” – an artist brokered series of conversations supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage leading to a featured interview within “questions of practice” regarding audiences and process.
She received a BS in Dance with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA from Temple University where she served as a University Fellow. She is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Drexel University.