Ronne Stone Artistic Director/Choreographer
Originally from Florida, Ronne has been dancing for over 29 years. Her first exposure to African dance was at the Orlando School of Cultural Dance. She was also a member of Kuumba Dance Company in Tampa, Florida, and Adefua Dance Company in Seattle, Washington. She has traveled extensively to study West African dance under the instruction of numerous masters. Over the past 20 years, she's taught a community dance class to connect with people who share her love of dance and culture. During her time at Indiana University, Ronné has taught several classes and was the lead instructor for the African American Dance workshops. As an instructor and choreographer, she has worked with the Urban Arts Consortium, Kenyette Dance Company, Assante Children's Theater, Jewel Christian Academy, Ben Davis Dance team, Central Indiana Dance Academy, Indy Dance Academy, Circle City Dance Productions, and Kids Dance Outreach. In 2014, she was the lead choreographer for Butler University's production of "The Water Carriers" under the direction of visiting international artist Micheal Williams. She also performed in and choreographed the Phoenix Theater production of "Dontrell who kissed the Sea" in 2015. It was during the 2017 production of "The Lion King" at Orchard Middle School that her passion for children blossomed. In 2010, Ronne graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Fine Arts. Her experience teaching children over the past 21 years through the Iibada Dance Company has allowed her to design her own children's programs for preschool to high school. She has been a teaching artist with Arts For Learning (formerly Young Audiences) for the past 10 years. During the 2017-2019 school year, she taught dance to students in K-6th grade at Ignite Achievement Academy and fine art at Tindley Genesis Academy from 2019-2021. She is currently an adjunct professor at Butler University, teaches art at Believe high school, and continues to partner with numerous arts organizations.