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Krisilyn "Tony" Frazier

Lecturer, Dance
Krisilyn "Tony" Frazier

Krisilyn “Tony” Frazier received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University. Tony continues to perform and choreograph in a variety of dance styles. Among her favorites are Contemporary, Jazz, Dunham, Hip-Hop and Afro Haitian. Tony was a featured talent in a special performance at the Target Fireworks Celebration, in Detroit Michigan, where she opened for pop/soul artists Brandy, Kanye West, JC Chazes (N Synce artist) and Cassidy. Tony was also featured on the tour of R and B artist Houstin at the “Hip Hop” Auto Show, also in Detroit Michigan. As a performer, Gospel Vocalist Legendary Aretha Franklin praised her performance as “soulful.” 

She is inspired by Rennie Harris, with whom she worked as Rehearsal Director for “Heaven” at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She enjoys spreading her love of Hip-Hop and its history as a lecturer at the University of Michigan and as a guest lecture at Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College. She has taught at many national events, including the New Orleans African Dance Festival at Tulane University, the International Contortion Convention in Las Vegas, and has conducted outreach programs in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Public School Systems as a Teaching Artist. Tony is the Founder and Artistic Director of Haus of Dance, a company for pre-professional and professional dancers based in Leslie, Michigan. Her pre-professional program has merged with her non-profit studio, Dance Illumination, for at risk youth. Through the company and studio, she inspires and trains aspiring dance artists. In 2018 Tony released her first dance documentary called A Call To Action: The Holocaust. This film has been viewed at multiple film festivals, including CARE Awards for emerging artists, Short Film Block Party, Idlewild International Film Festival where it won Most Unique Film and Emerging Artist, and Detroit Shetown Film Festival where it won Best Michigan Film, and was nominated for Best Director and Best Cinematography. In the summer of 2020 Tony has partnered with the organization Survivors Speak to fight inequality and racism through protesting, organizing and acting as a Master of Ceremony. As a documentarian and an activist, she will continue to merge the art of dance and film to focus on bringing awareness to social justice and inequality.

Film- A Call To Action: The Holocaust

Trailer – A Call to Action: The Holocaust from Krisilyn Tony Frazier -KAF Films on Vimeo.

Description-Holocaust survivor, Irene Butter and University of Michigan Professor, Dr. Annemarie Toebosch give a compelling voice to a dance documentary addressing the past, present, and future of genocide. A choreographer & videographer’s Call to Action.

Short film-Justice In Motion

“Justice In Motion” from Krisilyn Tony Frazier -KAF Films on Vimeo.

Description-In the fight for justice, dancers artists and MC’s join together to create a visual arts film focused on the Black Lives Matter movement. Through creative expression this film is an artistic response to systematic oppression and police brutality.

Social Justice Playlist inspired by my fight on the frontlines this summer of the Black Lives Matter Movement

University of Michigan playlist for the Hip Hop course I am teaching

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