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Toranika Washington

  • twashi34@depaul.edu
  • Movement, Intimacy Director
  • Performance

Toranika (Tah-ruh-nee-kuh) is a teaching artist, business owner, teacher, healer, peacemaker, and Florida native. She gets excited about sharing the value of movement and creating collaborative spaces for understanding how bodies communicate and make an impact.  

At The Theatre School (TTS), she is the Director of Intimacy Professionals for Theatre & Cinema program, a Laban and contact improvisational movement instructor, and a movement coach and intimacy director for numerous TTS productions.

Outside of T​TS, she facilitates Laban and movement workshops across the country, most recently at the University of Miami in Florida, Doris Staples Theatrical Conservatory in California, and Northwestern University in Chicago. 

Toranika is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) from the Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies program where she began training in New York City and graduated from AgapeBelgium in Koolskamp, Belgium. Shortly after receiving her CMA certificate, she began teaching Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals to actors and dancers at New World School of the Arts College in Miami, Florida. 

Toranika is certified in Kemetic Yoga RYT-200 from YogaSkills School of Kemetic, holds a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography, a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning, and a Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television Broadcasting. She is the CEO of Somatic Soul Food – Movement Consulting where she facilitates workshops, coaches individuals, and hosts global retreats focused on stress and anxiety relief.​