Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Christal Brown/INSPIRIT

Christal Brown is the founder of INSPIRIT, Project: BECOMING, the creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance and the Chair of Dance at Middlebury College.   Brown is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, where she remembers cleaning up on Saturday mornings as a child to the music of the Chi-Lites, Marvin Gaye, and Shirley Caesar.  These rituals innately produced a strong desire in her to make all work melodic, sensual, meaningful and set to music.  Brown has danced since she was released from the confines of piano lessons at age 9.  By navigating her way through narrow corridors of segregated understandings onto the stages of beautiful theaters, community centers, churches, classrooms, and cultural epiphanies, Brown has found the true meaning of grace.  Her path of self- discovery has been influenced by trailblazers such as Chuck Davis, Bill T. Jones, Andrea E. Woods, Liz Lerman, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.  Through these conduits of movement matter she was given the opportunity, permission, and responsibility to move and move others.  She is a mover, a warrior of change and transformation, living out experiences her double amputee father recounted from his war-ridden dreams.  The melodies in her body are melancholic and brought to life through the music; seen rather than heard through her choreography. Brown combines her athleticism, creativity, love for people, and passion for teaching to create works that redefine the art of dance and the structure of the field. 



Additional Links: 
Performed at Joes Pub, excerpt from The Life Cycle Series
all male cast embodying the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali
Work created for The Earl Mosely Institute for the Arts

I Have Worked With

  • July 2017

    DanceNOW: Christal Brown & INSPIRIT 

    A talk back with the artists follow the concerts.

  • April 2017

    Inspired by the life and legend of Muhammad Ali, the performance incorporates elements of boxing, hip hop, martial arts, and modern dance to an original sound score by Farai Malianga, and include artistic exploration with the Boston dance community. Students from Boston Arts Academy, Brookline High School and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School will showcase their work prior to each The Opulence of Integrity performance, presented on Friday, March 31, 8 PM; Saturday, April 1, 8 PM; and Sunday, April 2, 7 PM. A post-show dialogue on Friday, March 31 will be facilitated by dancer/choreographer, Aysha Upchurch, and a pre-show dialogue beginning at 7:15 on Saturday, April 1 will be facilitated by Mila Thigpen, dancer/choreographer and faculty at Cambridge Rindge and Latin.

  • April 2017

    Student matinee series, Universit of Vermont masterclass and performances at The Flynn Space


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Choreographer/ Professor
Mailing Address: 
211 Cottage Lane
Middlebury, VT 05753
Physical Address: 
211 Cottage Lane
Middlebury, VT 05753
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
International Association of Blacks in Dance
Fractured Atlas
BFA UNCG and MFA, Long Island University
Distinguished Alumni UNCG
Rebecca Blunk Fund
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Fee Range Minimum: 
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
The Leadership Program
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