Who is Tianna?
I am a proud Caribbean-American born to a mother from St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and a father from Trinidad. Growing up in Broward County, Florida and New York City, I was immersed in a rich culture. I am a dancer, composer, actor, singer, lyricist, choreographer, and everything in between. I thrive on individuality, and I believe that being a leader is very important. I want to tell stories that are never told, and I want to tell stories that are rarely given a spotlight. I want to have my own voice, and I will use that voice to impact the world.
I started playing the piano by ear when I was five years old, and by the time I was ten, I was writing music. When I was a kid, my parents played the songs of Usher, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Keyshia Cole, and other R&B/Pop music greats in the car. But the artist that impacted me the most was Alicia Keys. I was inspired by her rawness and her conquest towards individuality. Today, I have composed and written two musicals. And the spirit of that little girl playing the piano still lives in me.
I was introduced to acting through community and school theatre. And I fell in love with it. And I took my first ballet class when I was a little girl. Dance has always been a part of me. I love how I can communicate and tell stories through movement. I attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Summer Intensive from the summers of 2013-2015 and I attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Intensive in 2016. I credit these programs to introducing me to modern dance in its purest form.