In Conversation with Tonya Amos

By Andréa Spearman

September 27, 2022, PUBLISHED BY IN DANCE

In Conversation, a series of interviews exploring exchanges about dance and different folks’ relationship to dance.

Photo courtesy of Artist. [ID: Tonya, a middle-aged Black woman with curly brown hair is on a studio floor assisting a Black male with a Pilates movement. He is holding a circular device with his eyes closed.]


Tonya Amos received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley & trained four years on full scholarship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. A member of Actors Equity Association, she has appeared with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater & Donald Byrd, was a member of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Footprints & Amy Pivar Dances, performed in the International Tour of “West Side Story”, the National Tour of “Sesame St. Live”, Sacramento Music Circus’ “The King & I”, and has been featured in numerous print ads & TV commercials.

She is the owner of Aspire Pilates Center, which has allowed her to work full time on bridging health and wellness and the arts with communities that traditionally don’t have access. She’s proud to help build cross cultural and intergenerational bridges with Grown Women Dance Collective.

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For more information:

Grown Women Dance Collective

Aspire Pilates Center


All Audio Recorded and Edited by Andréa Spearman

For more In Conversation content, read and listen here.

This conversation appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of In Dance.

Bay Area native, Andréa Spearman is an administrator, choreographer, performer, teacher, and student of a variety of modern-based movement with over 20 years of experience. Director of her own dance company, A. Spearman & Co. and also currently produces and hosts, The Black Landscape podcast, a series of conversations that spotlight Black leaders in the SF Bay Area communities in various industries. Listen on Apple Music, BuzzSprout, Google Podcasts, and more.