The Frankie Manning Foundation is thrilled to announce another new member to our board of advisors, LaTasha Barnes!
LaTasha Barnes is an internationally recognized and awarded dancer, educator, coach, entrepreneur, Tradition-Bearer and ambassador of culture. Based in New York, Barnes is celebrated for her musicality, athleticism, and joyful presence throughout the cultural traditions she bears: House, Hip-Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. Her expansive artistic, competitive and performative skills have made her a frequent collaborator to many artists as well as international festivals like the International Lindy Hop Championships (ILHC), and Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival. Expanding the scope of impact for her communities Barnes was awarded herself designed Master’s in Ethnochoreology, Black Studies and Performance Studies thru New York University Gallatin School (2019). Her continuing work aims to bridge the gap between communities of practice and academic cultural dance research, performance, and preservation. Goals aside, Barnes’ forever purpose is to inspire fellow artists and art enthusiasts to cultivate an authentic sense of self in their creative expressions and daily lives.