Dina Wright Joseph, Program Manager of Purelements: An Evolution in Dance, began her dance training at the age of five at Adele’s Creative Dance Center in Queens, NY. With the loving support of her parents, she continued her training in classical ballet until her audition and acceptance to the dance program at the prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music and the Performing Arts. During her freshman year at LaGuardia, Dina turned down a partial scholarship at the School of American Ballet to accept full scholarships to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and the Martha Graham School. Dina’s training and dance vocabulary expanded triple-fold when introduced to West African dance and music while apprenticing with Forces of Nature Dance Theater Company in 1989. For the next 12 year, under the tutelage of directors Abdel Salaam, Dyane Harvey-Salaam and Dele Husbands, she toured both nationally and internationally as a principal dancer and dance captain with the company until 2001. Theater credits include: The Wiz, For Colored Girls…, St. Louis Woman, and Dance Captain for the New York Shakespeare Company’s production of Measure for Measure. Dina is the proud recipient of the FON Artistic Acheivement Award and has graced the cover of Heart and Soul magazine, and Instyle magazine’s featured article entitled, Dina Wright: A Force of Nature. Dina’s television credits include: PBS' "Free to Dance" and VH1’s "Divas Live" with Aretha Franklin. She co-choreographed VH1’s "Hip Hop Honors" tribute to Afrika Bambattaa and is featured in the Smithsonian Museum's multi-media instillation, "Black Dance in the 20th Century". In addition to her performance career, Dina’s passion to inspire youth and future artists was emboldened as her focus intensified in the areas of dance education and teaching artistry. Dina began her teaching career in Mexico City, New Mexico and between years 1999-2006, Dina served as Dance Program Director at Eastside Community High School as well as choreographer for Mindbuilders’ Creative Arts Center’s youth theater company, Positive Youth Troupe. From 2003-2005 she served as guest lecturer for Lehman College's City and Humanities Dept. as well as lead teacher for NYCDOE's Summer Arts Institute in partnership with Roundabout Theatre. Dina currently sits on the faculty of Professional Performing Arts High School, Alvin Ailey’s Fordham BFA Program and on a team of master artists of Arts In Motion: Africa. Her most rewarding position to date is as founding member and Program Manager for Purelements’ Project AIRE arts-in education program leading a team of thirty-four Teaching Artists and Art Educators inspiring upward of 10,000 NYC students per year.