Rita Jasmine Corey took an interest in dance at the early age of three. Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she attended the Southwest Ballet Company, where she studied ballet until age eleven. Her attention then turned to theater arts. Her prodigal achievements throughout adolescence and beyond earned her a scholarship to the University of New Mexico. As a young adult, Corey relocated to New York City. There, she was able to perform original works with The Black Dog Theater and Dance Company in eclectic theaters throughout the city. In New York, Rita enhanced her performance range to include improv comedy, performance art, classical ballet, and modern dance. A passion for contemporary dance developed and remained in her heart, as it does to this day. Rita continued investing in her passion and choreographed and performed modern dance at Greenfield Community College. There, she began to learn the art of bellydance and choreographed works for competitions. While in the Pioneer Valley, Rita received her BA in Mathematics from Smith College in 2010.
After being estranged from dance for over ten years, she began dancing again in Denver, 2011. While in Colorado, she has danced and performed original works with Parallax Performing Arts, Avatar Movement, Luneseas, the collaborative project Blacklisted. In 2016 she started and ran Troupe Thearpy a non-profit working with at risk teens through a multi-media arts program.
Corey has studied and performed Hip Hop with experienced teachers in Denver and enjoys teaching Hip Hop and Ballet in several studios in Northern Colorado.
Currently, she is dancing with the Front Range Contemporary Ballet Company and Amanda Vs Material Girl (A Madonna Tribute Band). Her Pilates Certificate was completed last year and offers Pilates classes in her home studio.
Corey is looking forward to expanding her creative vision at Love Performing Arts Center.