Ronne Stone Artistic Director/Choreographer
Ronne is a Florida native with a background in dance spanning over 29 years. Her earliest exposure to African dance was at the Orlando School of Cultural Dance. She was also a company member of Kuumba in Tampa, Florida and Adefua Dance Company in Seattle, Washington. She has traveled extensively to study West African dance under the instruction of countless masters in this field. For the past 20 years she has conducted a community dance class to connect to people who shared her love for dance and culture. Ronne has taught several classes for Indiana University and was a lead instructor for the African American Dance workshops at Indiana University in Bloomington for 2 years. She has worked as an instructor and choreographer 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. Under the direction of visiting International Artist Micheal Williams, she was the lead choreographer for Butler Universities' production of "The Water Carriers" in 2014. She also performed in and was the lead choreographer for the Phoenix Theater production of "Dontrell who kissed the Sea" in 2015. Her passion for children flourished when she choreographed Orchard Middle school's production of the Lion King in 2017. Ronne obtained a Fine Arts degree from Indiana University in 2010. Her exposure teaching children over the past 21 years through the Iibada Dance Company has allowed her to develop her own children's programming for preschool to high school. For the past 8 years she been a teaching artist with Arts For Learning (formally Young Audiences) . Currently, she is a Adjunct Professor at Butler University and teaches a dance elective at Ignite Academy.