Grown Women Dance: Dance Across History


Grown Women Dance: Dance Across History examines the inspiration and work behind a unique dance collective. The Grown Women Dance Collective was founded in 2009 to provide a nurturing environment for mature dancers of color to create beautiful work that is accessible to diverse audiences. Each year, a group of retired professional dancers from all over the United States gather to produce a show that bridges cultures and generations by honoring the contributions of influential African-Americans. The Grown Women Dance Collective has created a show that introduces concert dance to new audiences and underserved communities, challenging the stereotypes of aging and celebrating the beauty of diversity.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Lonnie L Frazier (director/co-producer) has worked in film production in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years and has been fortunate to learn from many talented, creative people. Whether working behind the camera on various television programs, participating in the production and post-production phases of documentary films or doing research for documentary filmmakers, she has taken every opportunity to advance her education in the art of filmmaking. Lonnie’s first independent project is in post-production, and she is collaborating once again with House Twelve Media on a documentary about the Grown Women Dance Collective.

Tonya Marie Amos (co-producer) is the 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. She is proud to create cross-cultural/cross-generational bridges through the arts with Grown Women Dance Collective.
Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2017
  • Running time: 70
  • Director(s): Lonnie L Frazier
  • Producer(s): Lonnie L Frazier, Tonya Marie Amos, Regan Brashear
  • Cinematographer(s): Elizabeth Mason
  • Editor(s): Elizabeth Mason, Lonnie L Frazier
  • With: Tonya Marie Amos, Germaul Barnes, Mindy Haywood
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