From dancing in her living room to dancing on the stage, Darwin Prioleau has become a renowned dance educator, performer, and choreographer. Music was always on in her home growing up, and she dreamed of a career in the performing arts. Dr. Prioleau got her first big break in 1974, when she was accepted as dancer with the Ed Kresley Jazz Co. She then became a soloist and dancer with the National Horne Dance Co., a dance coordinator with the International Center for Integrative Studies, a featured dancer and guest artist with a variety of off-Broadway productions, the artistic director of the Young Peoples Dance Co, and an artistic consultant with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Eventually, however, Dr. Prioleau decided she wanted something more. She wanted to pass her passion and knowledge on to the younger generations and to advocate for the arts in academic institutions. Dr. Prioleau proceeded to get a job as an associate professor of dance at Southern Methodist University, followed by jobs as the head of the dance division and the assistant dean of the College of Fine & Professional Arts at Kent State University. Today, she continues her efforts as a professor of dance at Kent State University and as the chair of the dance division at the State University of New York, Brockport.
Dr. Prioleau prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Bennett College in 1971, a Master of Ars from New York University in 1981, and an EdD from the University of Massachusetts in 1999. She also joined prominent organizations like the National Association of Schools of Dance, the International Black Dance Association, the National Dance Education Association, and the American Association for Higher Education, and trained with greats like Florence Lessing, James Truitte, and Max Mattox.
When Dr. Prioleau has free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and jazz music.