Rookie Teacher of the Year, Tiffany Merritt-Brown!
Ms. Tiffany Merritt-Brown, is the director of the dance program and artistic director of Vibe Dance Company at Robert Morgan High School. The focus of the Robert Morgan Dance program is to produce well-rounded, expressive, critical thinking, performers and technicians, who have a sensitivity and awareness for the world they live in. At the heart of the dance program is the mission to expose dance as a pathway for undergraduate study and professional development to all students. Ms. Merritt-Brown lives out this mission everyday as she believes dance should be accessible and equitable for all students. The Miami native, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Described by Isthmus Magazine as “a coolly elegant performer and choreographer that reveals keen intelligence and maturity” Merritt-Brown has performed in works by Kate Corby, Marlene Skog, Chris Walker and Jin-Wen Yu at the UW. She has also worked with the professional dance company Urban Bush Women, as well as choreographers such as Heidi Latsky, Rob Kistos, Beth Gill, Joanna Kotze, Julie Mayo, T-Lang, Elizabeth Corbett, Nia Love. and Charles O. Anderson. Ms. Merritt-Brown has presented her work at the American College Dance Association Conferences, informally at the American Dance Festival, the Detroit Dance City Festival, internationally at the WDA-A (World Dance Alliance-Americas Conference) in Puebla, Mexico and at Tanara Public School in Chepo, Panama. Merritt-Brown’s choreography has been praised for its “clear vision, smart craftsmanship [and] fierce performance…[it] is both structurally and choreographically satisfying.” Ms. Merritt-Brown is the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Horne Henry Fund for Women’s Physical Education, the Anna Nassif Award, and the Jin-Wen Yu Award. In 2018 she was awarded the American Dance Festival Leadership Scholarship Award which is funded by the Adrienne Arsht Center and granted to a Miami-based dancer. In August 2019, Ms. Merritt-Brown was one of eight choreographers in the world to be selected for the Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts. In addition to being the Director of the Robert Morgan Dance Program, she is a company member with Olujimi Dance Theater, a freelance choreographer, and grant writer.