Iantha L. Tucker

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BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Iantha L. Tucker

Dr. Iantha L. Tucker, a product of the Baltimore City Public Schools, received the R.N. from Harlem Hospital School of Nursing, the B.S. and M.S. from Morgan State College and the Ed. D. in Dance Education from New YorkUniversity. She is a retired Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at MorganStateUniversity and is the artistic director and principal choreographer for the Modern Dance Ensemble at Morgan. Dr. Tucker is a noted dance historian and a sought after speaker of African American Influence on Dance In the United States and has presented papers on Black Dance History at the Smithsonian Institute, Museum of American History, the Black College Dance Exchange and other Colleges and Universities. She has also presented papers on Dance at Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conferences.

Dr. Tucker has acted as judge for dance competitions sponsored by the Baltimore City Public Schools, the Baltimore County Public Schools, the NAACP, Fraternal organizations, the Howard County Arts Council,  religious and other organizations. She has choreographed for local, regional and national organizations as well as the United States Armed Forces Morale Support Unit.

She has been a member of the board of directors of the Talking Drum: The Black Dance Newsletter. She is co-writer of the State of Maryland Curriculum Framework for Dance in Public Education, has been a member of the Maryland State Department of Education Task Force for the Arts in Education, the International Dance Council (CID-UNESCO), and the Howard County Arts Council.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations from, The City Council of Baltimore, the Mayor of the City of Baltimore, the Governor of the State of Maryland, the United States House of Representatives and other local and regional organizations, for her service to dance, Morgan and the community.

Her Dance,“ AVO DANCING” was featured at the 1990 Artscape in Baltimore Maryland. In 1991 she was one of 14 recipients of the Fulbright Hayes Fellowship for summer study in West Africa. She has been named one of the most influential African Americans in Howard County, Maryland. She was the artistic consultant to the Alvin Ailey summer dance program held at MorganStateUniversity, Vice President and President of the Howard County Chapter of the Morgan State University Alumni Association, as well as Second Vice President of the National organization. Dr. Tucker was named Alumnus of the Year at Morgan StateUniversity in the spring of 1992 and Distinguished Alumnus by NAFEO in 1993. Dr. Tucker’s publication, The Role of Afro-Americans in Dance in the United States from Slavery to the Present is distributed through the VRI Slide Library of Dance History. Iantha L. Tucker is co-founder and Past President of the Black College Dance Exchange, the national coalition of dance companies from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She was the 1999 recipient of the Maryland Council for Dance award for her contributions to dance. That same year she was recognized by the Societas Docta for her contributions to dance performance. She was recently nominated by the Howard County Arts Council for the annual Outstanding Arts Educator award. Dr Tucker was the 2003 recipient of the Living Legend Award presented by the International Association of Blacks in Dance at the annual conference in Washington, D C. In 2003 she also gained national recognition through the awarding of the Disney Corporations’ highest award “the Mouscar” for her contributions to dance. October 2006 she was awarded the Pioneer in Dance Award by the Dynamic Dance Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. In November 2006 she received the Baltimore Dance Treasure Award from Dance Baltimore. She was also recognized for her contributions to dance by the Dean of the School of Education and Urban Studies through the outstanding Achievement Award. In the fall of 2006 she was also accepted into membership of the CID -International Dance Congress, the dance research arm of UNESCO. In 2007 she was awarded the Community service award by the National Health and Fitness Association.

In February, 2012 Dr Tucker was honored by Modern Dance Ensemble Alumni dating back to 1977 through a “Legacy Concert” performance at which time she received several awards in recognition of her then 35 years of dance in the State as well as at Morgan State University from the Mayor of Baltimore City and the Governor of the State of Maryland.

Dr. Tucker continues to serve on Arts Councils and adjudication panels, and continues to choreograph and direct performances throughout the region.

Dr. Tucker has been an events planner for over twenty Five years and continues to plan and orchestrate cotillion events for area organizations.  Dr. Tucker retired from Morgan StateUniversity as an associate professor on August 1, 2013.

Source:  Artist Provided (August 12, 2014)

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