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 dance 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, Flyin' West, and The Leopard Tale.
Currently, La'Toya Princess Jackson is a Master of Liberal Arts degree candidate in Dramatic Arts at Harvard Extension School. Intersecting studies in the Dance Program, the Department of Music, and the Theater, Dance, Media department at Harvard University, her interdisciplinary focus includes the study of music and dance--exploring musical theater, dance performance, and music composition. She is currently developing research exploring the history of classical black ballet companies in America and their impact on the African American ballerina in the 20th century ballet industry. In addition to dance research, she is pursuing additional research in music examining the role of black female artists in contemporary popular culture.
In the Harvard Dance Program, she engages in performance research and she has danced in the Theater, Dance, Media department's production of "The Owl Answers" by Adrienne Kennedy and in several dance performances with the Harvard Dance Project under the direction of Jill Johnson. She is also a company member in the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company. As a lyricist, she 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 on the executive board of the Black Graduate Student Alliance as Vice President of Community Engagement.
Additionally, La'Toya Princess Jackson works for Boston Ballet as a Teaching Artist for CityDance and ECI on Location and as a teacher at the Boston Ballet School. 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 and she dances at the Roxbury Center for Performing Arts as a company member in the "A" Major Dance Company.
In addition to her research at Harvard, she is writing and producing an original fairytale ballet which will be presented by BlackCAST at Harvard University March 23rd-March 25th. Vanity Lane: The Ballet will feature 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.