About Us

Our Mission Statement

RAIIN Dance Theater’s mission is to connect people of all cultural backgrounds by creating art that moves people to think, to find their voice, and to join the conversation surrounding social change, justice and an appreciation of who black people are as a culture. The vitality of the company is driven by unpacking the layers that comprise the black experience, connecting the past, present and future to ignite a new generation of empowered youth, amidst the movement. RDT is exploring the marriage between arts and technology to create new performance experiences.

Founders

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Ari Skin Photography.


Raianna Brown

Raianna Brown began studying dance at the Spelman Summer Dance Institute. As a teenager, she continued her training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Acro, and Hip-Hop at Price Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Raianna is currently enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology as an Industrial Engineering major and also dual-enrolled at Emory University studying dance for 2 years. Raianna has traveled across the country training in New York with dancers from Alvin Ailey and in San Francisco with the renowned Alonzo King Lines Ballet company. In summer of 2015, Raianna traveled to Sorrento, Italy with StaibDance Company as a dancer and guest choreographer. The work she set in Italy, a political piece, I Can’t Breathe, was originally set on dancers at Emory University. Raianna continued to hone in on her choreographic skills at Emory University the following academic year choreographing 3 works for the student choreographer’s showcase. She was selected as the youngest choreographer for the 2017 season of Dance Canvas Emerging Introducing The Next choreographers’ showcase where she premiered Converse of Silence. Along with many other choreographic opportunities around Atlanta, Raianna is creating commissioned work for City Gate Dance Theater and Dare Dream Dance. Summer 2017 she had the pleasure of working with many professional artists and choreographers at the Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts (EMIA) in Connecticut. She has had the opportunity to work with world renowned artists such as Rennie Harris, George Staib, Earl Mosley, Gregory Sinacori, Chloe Arnold, Jason Samuel Smith, T. Lang, and many more.  While studying at EMIA, Raianna was chosen as an Emerging choreographer which allowed her to create 4 Hours, a work dedicated to Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Raianna’s purpose as an artist is to communicate through movement. Dance is her language. She concentrates on bringing genuineness and vulnerability to all of her performances and choreography to highlight the importance of human connection. She believes when creating from a place of vulnerability and authenticity the audiences receives the dancers’ truth in its most unedited raw form. Her mission is to give the audience the space to turn the mirror on themselves and feel comfortable embracing their own truths.

Image provided by Dare Dream Dance Company.

Ari Skin Photography.

Kyla Langdon

As a dance artist, her movement is inspired by her own life experiences loosely woven with the visions of the choreography with whom she has had the pleasure of working. Through her movement, she is exploring the basic concept of humanity, which lies at the center of everything for her. The dual edged sword of the human connection drives her movement and being able to reach people without words, which can sometimes be highly misleading, drives her to never stop her movement exploration. Her love for dance was cultivated at the early age of 4 at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago, IL where she was exposed to tap and African Dance. For the next 8 years, she honed her craft, dancing and touring with the South Shore Drill Team and Performing Arts Ensemble training in musical theater. During this time, she also trained in Ballet and Jazz at Joffery Ballet Chicago in the Children’s Pre-Professional division.  She expanded her training in Ballet, Jazz, Acro and West African dance. Recreationally she was also a member of the Lindblom Math and Science Academy’s dance team and Gallery 37’s Performing Arts Ensemble. Kyla continued her training at Emory University where she majored in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Dance and Movement Studies. Kyla has traveled across the country to the beautiful Sorrento, Italy  to continue training as a dancer and to premier in the social justice piece, “I Can’t Breathe,” as well as other works from the Staib Dance repertoire. She also had the pleasure of training under the direction of world-renowned choreographer and dancer Garth Fagan. She was a member of Joel Hall Dance Center’s 2nd Company and Gotta Dance Contemporary. She has appeared in two independent films, and most recently the Triumph Awards show.  She has also traveled around the country and trained with dancers/choreographers Norwood Pennewell (more affectionately known as PJ), Missi Allerton, Marjani Forte, Gavriel Spritzer, Sade Bully, Jason Samuel Smith, Kathleen Wessel, George Staib, Kristen O’Neal, CiCi Kelley and Rae Ransom-Coleman and many more. She is currently dancing for Dare Dream Dance Pro Company and RAIIN Dance Theater.

Concurrently, Kyla is a first year student in the Mercer Masters of Public Health and joint MD program, alongside dancing professionally, she is pursuing education to become a Pediatric Neurosurgeon.

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