Celebrity Mentorship: Tamica Washington
Associate Director for Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT), Tamica danced and toured with LWDT for many years as a lead dancer and soloist. She has performed all over the U.S. Tamica choreographs film, television, theatre, and special events including “12 Miles North,” the Nike celebration of the first recorded African-American surfer. Although her main focus is on concert dance and multi-media these days, Tamica’s commercial work goes as far back as the 1980s with commercials, music videos and tours including Moesha, the Parkers, Rappin’ Rockin’ Barbie and Sprite. Tamica assisted Lula Washington in choreographing James Cameron’s Avatar. Mr. Cameron personally asked her to play the stunt/body double and stand in for actress CCH Pounder. Tamica continues to perform in cameo roles. As the Associate Director for the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Tamica wears many hats, assists with company bookings, local events, partnerships and self-produced events. Tamica coaches company dancers in class and rehearsal. She works very closely with the Lula Washington Children’s and Youth Dance Ensembles, company apprentices and professional development ensemble for young adults.
Tamica is a current member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Blacks in Dance where she serves as Co-Chair for the Next Generation Leadership Committee; the Board of Trustees for Dance/USA; and she is also on the National Committee for Black Arts at WAA (for the Western Arts Alliance, national platform for Black Performing Arts). Tamica continues to set new works on the LWDT professional company and youth. She teaches at the LWDT studio, throughout Los Angeles and wherever the company is working
Tamica helped mentor the dance group Outspoken.