Tatiana Desardouin | Springfield College

Tatiana Desardouin

Tatiana Desardouin

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Of Haitian origin, born and raised in Switzerland, Tatiana is a professional dancer, dance instructor, dance consultant, choreographer, organizer, curator, culture bearer with a Master degree as adult educator (University of Geneva). Tatiana won several competitions and is regularly invited to give workshops and judge competitions worldwide. 

Very involved in the growth of the swiss hip-hop scene, she has been teaching and mentoring since 2005, had her own dance school "Le Centre Hip-Hop" and stays involved in the swiss community through JAIA & FlowFocus ( a non-profit organization providing sessions, parties, workshops and a battle). In 2012, she was one of the four founders of the first Hip-Hop dance company in Geneva called "Continuum".

She is the director and choreographer of "Passion Fruit Dance Company" a street dance theater and educational company, which she founded in 2016. The company's mission is to explore the human experience, address social issues such as racism, and strive to inspire young artists to share their voices, through her performances, her teaching programs (designed to provide tools to heal, to release, to build confidence or to educate on the racial issue, providing anti-racist tools) called "Passion Fruit Seeds", and a multisensory experience within a cultural party called "Les 5 Sens". She performed with her company in places such as at The Apollo Theater, Summerstage, Jacob's pillow, the New Victory Theater, BAAD!, LOHH, Joe's Pub, 92Y, The Lincoln Center, The Guggenheim and abroad ( Canada ( MTL) and Switzerland). They also did a commercial for Credo Beauty.

Tatiana was selected as one of Dance Magazine's 2020 “25 to Watch”.

She had the chance to perform at the Madison Square garden and the Wells Fargo Center for the rock band Arcade Fire, In "Electrogynous" by Sabela Grimes performed at the University of Columbia, In "Where Love lies follow" a play written by Nichi Douglas performed at the Martin E. Segal Theater for the "Prelude" festival (NYC) and at the Public Theater "Under the Radar" festival (NYC). Tatiana had the opportunity to be Nichi Douglas's dance consultant for the premiere of that play at The Shed.

Tatiana is one of the core dancer of the pioneering street dance theater company Rennie Harris Puremovement  since 2016, performing throughout the United States. She is also part of the Nefer Global Movement collective since 2018, a core member of LayeRhythm Experiment Company since 2019, performing at 92Y, Jacob's Pillow, Purdue University (online), Bridge Street Theater (online). Since 2021 she is part of the Black Dancing Bodies project with whom she recently did the "Works & Process bubble residency" performing at the New York Library.

Amongst other styles, Tatiana specializes in Hip-Hop and Housedance