Tonya Marie Amos, Artistic Director of Grown Women Dance Collective, 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 in Concord for which she was awarded Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce's "100 Women of Influence" in 2010, Women's Initiative's Concord Woman-Owned Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011, Concord's Small Business of the Year 2013, Community Focus' Newspaper's "Best Pilates Studio" in 2015, and Concord's Best Female-Owned Business in 2016. The former author of a monthly Health & Wellness column for the Community Focus newspaper, Tonya is currently putting the finishing touches on her Fall Prevention For Seniors dvd. She is proud to create cross cultural/ cross generational bridges through the arts with Grown Women Dance Collective.