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 Teena Marie Custer 

 

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Teena Custer on Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh

Teena Marie Custer
Instructor

teena.custer@sru.edu

Teena Marie Custer is a b-girl and hip hop dance theatre artist based in Pittsburgh, PA.  Teena Marie battles and performs internationally with her all female street dance group, Venus Fly Trap, as well as her local Pittsburgh crew, Get Down Gang. Her hip hop dance theater solo, “The Be-Girl Diaries” was selected to be performed at Sadler's Wells Theater in London, England. In addition to theatrical works, she has won underground freestyle dance battles such as Underground Movement 5, Enter the Cypha I, and was also seen on an episode of MTV’s MADE.   Teena competed at the Queen Sweet 16 in Seattle, where she was one of the top 16 b-girls in the country invited to the event. Teena Marie was also a featured dancer and assistant choreographer for the feature film “Leading Ladies” directed by Erika Randall Beahm and starring Melanie LaPatin and Benji Schwimmer from “So You Think You Can Dance.” In addition to being a part of hip hop culture, Teena has an extensive background in contemporary dance. She earned a BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University and an MFA in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University. She has been on faculty at both schools where she taught hip hop styles and contemporary dance, and has also been on faculty at the prestigious American Dance Festival and Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. She has choreographed hip hop dance theatre pieces for over 15 university dance programs and companies, and has performed with Dance Alloy, Attack Theatre, and Ursula Payne. She also represented CM² (Columbus Movement Movement) in Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” in 2007.

 

 

Teena Marie Custer Headshot

SRU Department of Dance faculty member Teena Marie Custer battles and performs internationally with her all female street dance group, Venus Fly Trap. Click here to view a video of Venus Fly Trap.