Early Life & Dance Experience

Rita Jasmine Corey took an interest in dance at the early age of three. Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she attended the Southwest Ballet Company, where she studied ballet until age eleven. Her attention then turned to theater arts, and she was given the opportunity to be in such stage performances as A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her prodigal achievements throughout adolescence and beyond earned her a scholarship to the University of New Mexico. As a young adult, Corey relocated to New York City. There, she was able to perform original works with The Black Dog Theater and Dance Company in eclectic theaters throughout the city. In New York, Rita enhanced her performance range to include improv comedy, performance art, classical ballet, and modern dance. A passion for modern dance developed and remained in her heart, as it does to this day. Corey went on to both choreograph and perform modern dance at Greenfield Community College. There, she began to learn the art of belly­dance, which she choreographed and in which she participated in competitions. While in the Pioneer Valley, Corey received her BA in Mathematics from Smith College in 2010.  After being estranged from dance for ten years, she began dancing again in Denver, 2011.  While in Denver, she has danced and performed original works with Parallax Performing Arts and Avatar Movement, and danced in the collaborative project Blacklisted.

Volunteering and Nonprofit Experience

Rita volunteered at the Grace House during her time at Smith College. Grace House is a residential treatment program for mothers in early recovery located in Northampton.  That experienced gave her hope that community can help change lives.  Since moving to Denver Rita has performed in the Vagina Monologues (by Eve Ensler) to support Safe House and other foundations in Denver. Rita believes that building community around issues of domestic violence, trama, and the youth that are affected is essential. Out of this aspiration, Rita created Troupe Therapy and hopes that this community nonprofit collaboration can be there to meet the needs of these youth.