Guest Artists

Lifetime Achievement Awardee 2019 – Virginia Johnson

Tyrone Brooks

Tyrone Brooks joined The Tallahassee Ballet as the Artistic Director in the 2013-2014 season. Brooks has a wide-range of professional experience including 18 years as a Principal Dancer at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York City (DTH). Brooks has been featured in a number of acclaimed performances including Alvin Ailey’s The River, Eugen Loring’s Billy the Kid, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, Michael Smuins’ A Song for Dead Warriors, Medea, and John Butler’s Othello. Brooks has also performed internationally in Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela, South Africa, and Russia. Additionally, Brooks has been featured in performances by celebrated choreographers George Balanchine, Agnes DeMille, Geoffrey Holder, Garth Fagan, Jerome Robbins, Alonzo King, John Butler, John McFall, Robert North, John Taras, Billy Wilson, and DTH Founder and Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell.

In 1984, Brooks was nominated for the Dancers Choice Award in London for his performance as Alan Strange in Equus. Brooks’ work has also been in a number of television features including the NBC presentation of Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Creole Giselle, the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics, the PBS series Dance in America, CBS 60 Minutes with Ed Bradley featuring DTH, the PBS presentation of Live at the Kennedy Center The Making of Firebird, and the 1993 Kennedy Center Honors. Brooks also choreographed Black Explosion for the 2004 televised production of the Trumpet Awards.

In addition to his experience as a Principal Dancer and performer, Brooks has accumulated extensive experience as a dance faculty member and administrator. For over 25 years, Brooks served as full-time Ballet Faculty at DTH. During that time he also served as the Associate Director of the DTH community outreach program, Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble. As Associate Director, Brooks represented DTH as a teaching artist in New York City Public Schools and commenced professional development workshops for teachers in curriculum development. He also conducted master classes and outreach programs in South Florida and for the Dance Theatre of Harlem-Kennedy Center Residency in Washington, D.C. and the Northern Virginia region. Mr. Brooks has also taught at the various institutions; Hofstra University , Mary Mount Manhattan College, Florida State University School of Dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New World School of the Arts, Thomas Armour Youth  Ballet, Flint Institute of Music- Flint Youth Ballet, Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Wheaton College.

In 2004, Brooks joined the Virginia School of the Arts as the Director of Community Dance and was subsequently appointed as the Executive Director of the Virginia School of the Arts by the Board of Directors. During his tenure at the Virginia School of the Arts, Brooks became an active member of the Lynchburg community and developed community partnerships with Opera on the James, The Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and the E.C.C. Glass High School Theatre Department. Brooks’ community engagement extended to his service on the advisory panel for the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour and Performing Arts Directory, James River Diversity Council, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities and
The Florida Division for the Individual Artist Fellowship panel.

Mr. Brooks has a Certificate in Advanced Business Administration from Lynchburg College and was a Visiting Artist for the Florida State University School of Dance. Mr. Brooks serves on the Florida State University Friends of Dance Board of Directors and was recently inducted into the ( MOBB)  Museum of Blacks in Ballet

Joyce Fausone

A graduate of the University of Georgia with a major in dance education, Joyce moved to Tallahassee, Florida in 1972 to attend Florida State University where she received her MFA in Dance under the direction of Dr. Nancy Smith Fichter. After graduating she spent 8 years in south Florida before returning to Tallahassee where she served as the Artistic/Administrative Director of the Tallahassee Ballet for over 20 years. Through her leadership the Company grew from a small regional ballet company to a major cultural institution in Tallahassee. During her tenure she enriched the company’s stature, repertory and initiated several community outreach programs including DanceChance, the Ireland Cultural Exchange, and the Special School Performance Series. She choreographed over 35 original works and initiated the Company’s annual concert An Evening of Music and Dance in collaboration with the FSU College of Music. She also produced the Company’s full-length ballets including the Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Coppelia.

In 2004 Joyce received the Nancy Smith Award from the Florida Dance Association for Lifetime Achievement in the field of dance before joining the Florida State University dance faculty as the Coordinator of Special Events for the School of Dance and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. Over the years, her position shifted to special programs and events for the School of Dance including overseeing and mentoring the graduate students teaching in the General Studies Dance Program for non-majors, the annual Suzanne Farrell Young Dancer’s Workshop, the Summer Intensive Dance Workshop and the FSU Study Abroad Program “Dance in Paris”. One of her favorite aspects of her job was serving as the liaison to Friends of Dance.

Joyce retired from the FSU School of Dance in 2016 and continues to teach as needed both locally and at the FSU School of Dance as adjunct faculty. Besides traveling and visiting grandchildren, Joyce also serves on the Board of the Friends of Dance Council and is currently working on a Paris Adventure for retirees utilizing her resources from the Dance in Paris program.

Carla Peterson

Carla Peterson was appointed Director of Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University’s School of Dance in Tallahassee, Florida in May 2014 where she is charged with its overall artistic vision, strategic planning, fundraising, and the formulation of an annual residency season that supports a wide range of aesthetic practices by choreographers at all stages of their careers.

Prior to assuming this post, she was artistic director of New York Live Arts (2011–2014) and Dance Theater Workshop (2006–2011), serving as chief curator of annual seasons that featured diverse, intergenerational and global perspectives, and overseeing programs that supported emerging artists and ideas (Studio Series, Fresh Tracks) and international exchange (The Suitcase Fund). She was executive director of Movement Research in New York City, an internationally recognized laboratory for the investigation of new movement-based forms and the promotion of critical dialogue (2002–2006), managing director of the National Performance Network and director of The Suitcase Fund at Dance Theater Workshop (1993–1996), and assistant performing arts director at Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (1988–1993).

She has worked widely as a freelance arts consultant with artists, and with not-for-profit arts organizations and private foundations, including National Performance Network, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and SURDNA Foundation, among others. She continues to serve on national dance and performing arts panels.


She received a 2005 “Bessie“ (New York Dance and Performance Award) in recognition of her leadership at Movement Research and service to the dance community. In 2012, she was made a Chevalier de L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres by the French government, with a fall 2015 ceremony. She currently serves on the board of Mount Tremper Arts, and on the steering committee for the New York Dance and Performance Awards (aka Bessies), under the auspices of DanceNYC. 

Tom Welsh

Tom Welsh is a member of the Dance faculty at Florida State University where he teaches dance anatomy & kinesiology, dance conditioning, Pilates for dancers, dancer coaching, and the science of dance training. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Welsh and his colleagues have been building a dancer wellness program that includes a purpose-built conditioning studio for dancers. He conducts and publishes empirical research on healthy approaches to training for a career in dance. He wrote Conditioning for Dancers to help young dancers learn how to take greater responsibility for managing their own development as dance professionals. In 2016, Tom was named Dance Educator of the Year by the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS).