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Christal Brown

Board of Directors
Middlebury, VT

Biography

Christal Brown has the distinction of being many things. She endorses a short list of these attributes that includes the titles mother, artist, educator, and disciple. Brown is most well known as a dancer and choreographer due to her 20+ year career as a performer and artistic director. Brown describes herself as a person with a servant heart and a workaholic mind, who has been used by dance to touch and be touched by others. Brown grew up in a small, Eastern North Carolina town, where she frequently accompanied her mother to NAACP, Black Caucus, and community board meetings. This early exposure to social movements and communal responsibility undoubtedly has influenced Brown’s work both on and off stage. As an undergraduate, Brown studied Dance and Business at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Upon graduation, she went on to tour nationally and internationally with companies such as Urban Bush Women, Bill T. Jones, Chuck Davis, and Liz Lerman before founding her own company, INSPIRIT.  Brown served as the Artistic Director of INSPIRIT for 10 years where she developed curriculum for the New York Department of Education, choreographed over 75 performance works, created the Liquid Strength training module for dance, and Project: BECOMING, a rites of passage program for adolescent girls; before giving birth to the most complex and beautiful idea of her life, her son Gabe. While developing INSPIRIT Brown completed her MFA in New Media Art and Technology at Long Island University; while simultaneously joining the faculty of Middlebury College in 2008. At Middlebury, Brown currently chairs the Dance Program and serves as the Faculty Director of MiddCORE. Her dance career continues to thrive: preforming with Bebe Miller Company, touring her evening length work The Opulence of Integrity, and expanding her skillset as a regional affiliate with Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ.

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