La’Toya Princess Jackson is a singer-songwriter, dancer and professional performing artist from Fort Worth, Texas. She received a B.A. in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Radio, TV and Film from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. She also trained in classical ballet, jazz, African and modern at Ballethnic Academy of Dance under the direction of Waverly Lucas and Nena Gilreath. She joined the preprofessional dance ensemble, Ballethnic Youth Ensemble and participated in the Arthur Mitchell Project receiving instruction from Mr. Arthur Mitchell in advanced master classes and workshops. She has danced in several ballet productions including Ballethnic Dance Company’s Urban Nutcracker, Jazzy Sleeping Beauty, Flying’ West and The Leopard Tale.
She is currently a graduate student at Harvard University where she engages in performance research in an interdisciplinary study of music, dance, and performance as a Master of Liberal Arts degree candidate in Dramatic Arts at the Extension School. Her study focus is in two areas: Black dance and Black music. Her research in Black dance provides a historical perspective on the history of classical black ballet companies and their evolution in America. Additionally, her research in Black music explores the intersectional complexity of race, gender, and black female identity in contemporary music.
She is a dancer in the Harvard Dance Project under the direction of Jill Johnson where she engages in performance research and she is also a company member in the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company. She has made appearances in the Theater, Dance, & Media (TDM) department's production of Caryl Churchill's play "Far Away" and in the ensemble cast of the Theater, Dance, & Media's production of "The Owl Answers" by Adrienne Kennedy. As a lyricist, she has worked in collaboration with BlackCAST to write lyrics for the original musical "/underground." She also serves on the executive board of the Harvard Graduate Council as the Vice Chair for Communication and she is the Vice President of Community Engagement for the Black Graduate Student Alliance.
Additionally, La’Toya Princess Jackson works for Boston Ballet as a Teaching Artist for the Boston Ballet School, CityDance and ECI on Location. She has created dance outreach programing and ballet curriculum for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.
In addition to her research at Harvard, she wrotw, produced and performed an original fairytale ballet produced by BlackCAST and premiered at Harvard University March 23-25th, 2018. The original work, Vanity Lane: The Ballet, features original music, choreography and libretto created, written and staged by La'Toya Princess Jackson. As a songwriter she serves as a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. She is an innovative artistic creator with a passion for the arts.