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Toni Singleton

Toni Singleton, Nurse/Educator/Dancer

Toni S. Singleton has been a member of Roots Uprising since 1998. A Eutaw, Alabama native, she was inspired by her mother, Inez, a “Creative Dancer” who formed and led the local High School dance group the Carverettes. Her 1st formal dance classes(Horton, Graham, Limon,Cunningham, Ballet, Modern Jazz and Theater Dance) were attended at the University of Alabama, where she declared a Minor in Dance. Prior to completion she was invited to intensify study of Modern, and Modern Jazz with Dianne Maroney’s Orchesis dancers and the Tiger Marching Band as a “transfer student” at Grambling State University. There she obtained her bachelor’s of Science in Nursing after which she moved to Boston to apprentice with the Danny Sloan Company. Toni has performed with Cle Douglas Backyard Dancers, Patrick LaCroix Dance Assemble, Idir Pasir, Fatou N’Diaye, 4 Women and Friends and facilitated liturgical dance locally and abroad. Toni portrayed the role of “Mary” in the National Center for African American Artists production of Langston Hughes “Black Nativity” for 9 years and improvised movements with Blackout Arts Collective, Boston. This expressiveness has sustained her nursing career while serving the Boston-Metro community in hospitals, clinics and schools for 30+ years.