Thaliyah Cools-Lartigue, from Dayton, Ohio is a second year in the BFA program at The Ohio State University. She has been dancing since the age of 12 and has gained most of her training through concert and competition dancing.
Thaliyah was an active member of the Miami Valley Dance Center (MVDC) Dance Force in Fairborn, Ohio from 2012-2018, where she received the motivation and encouragement to pursue dance as a career. She gained exposure to styles of jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet and contemporary with the instructors at MVDC under the direction of Kelly Fuller. This institution allowed her to receive instruction from those with the Dayton Ballet and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Within that atmosphere, Thaliyah experienced the challenges of competitive dancing and conventions and developed a love for contemporary and modern dance. Through this process she was able to attend many national competitions with the MVDC Dance Force, ranging in multiple cities within the Midwest and received numerous national recognitions and scholarships.
Thaliyah’s junior year of high school, she had the opportunity to be a part of the University of Dayton Dance Ensemble (UDDE) under the supervision of Amy Jones. She developed a close relationship with her through this program with her teachings of the Horton technique. This exposure produced a large motivation for Thaliyah to continue her studies within the BFA program.