My name is Tasheena Medina, and I'm not only a performer, choreographer, and educator based in Los Angeles but also the founder of The Gratitude Academy. I made the leap from Arizona to Los Angeles in 2011 to pursue my passion for performing arts and earned my BFA in Dance Theatre from AMDA Performing Arts College. Over the years, I've had the privilege of working on a multitude of thrilling projects on both stage and screen, including memorable experiences like being Assistant Choreographer to Nicole Berger on FOX TV's Brooklyn Nine-Nine and NBC's Parks and Rec, as well as my work with Nickelodeon's AwesomenessTV.
But my journey doesn't stop there. Choreography is a deep-seated passion of mine, and I've had the privilege of contributing to remarkable productions like Mary Zimmerman's Secret In The Wings and The Sparrow, for which I was even nominated for an LA Stage Alliance Ovation award. Most recently, you can witness my choreography in Coeurage Ensemble's 2022 production of RENT.
However, my commitment to personal development extends beyond the realm of dance. I'm deeply enthusiastic about nurturing personal growth through practices such as Yoga, Intuitive Dance Meditation, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Currently, I'm pursuing a Master of Arts in Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University, where I'm delving into these transformative techniques and how they can be harnessed to benefit others.
As an educator, entrepreneur, and writer, I am dedicated to guiding individuals of all backgrounds and experience levels towards authenticity, equipping them with essential techniques, and creating a safe and supportive environment for their personal growth and development.
I am dedicated to creating a welcoming and safe learning environment for all students. As an educator, entrepreneur and writer, I understand the importance of authenticity and mindfulness. I believe in a holistic approach to learning that not only teaches essential techniques, but also encourages students to explore their passions and express themselves in creative ways. My goal is to inspire and motivate students at all levels to reach their full potential while feeling supported and challenged at the same time.
August 2021 - Present
Loyola Marymount University
Masters of Arts: Yoga Therapy
AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Dance Theatre
B4C Wellness Champion Certification (Social Emotional Learning
School of Positive Transformation Meditation Teacher Certification
Mesa Community College
Associates Degree: Dance Education
200 Hour Yoga Teacher - Breath For Change