Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Reba began her formal dance training at the age of 10 at Charleston County School of the Arts, where she spent seven years studying ballet and modern dance techniques. After graduating from the Charleston County School of the Arts in 2006, Reba was accepted into Winthrop University where she was double-majored in dance and business administration. She graduated from Winthrop University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Following graduation, Reba used her business degree to get work as an nonprofit accountant. While she worked as an accountant by day, her passion was with dance. After spending 7 years working as a dancer and accountant, in 2017 Reba decided to focus on her artistic endeavors full-time.
Reba has worked with Caroline Calouche & Co., Gaspard & Dancers, Moving Spirits, Patabamba, and other Charlotte artists. Reba was a company member of the performance art group, Triptych Collective for 4 years creating works that were often performed in nontraditional dance spaces to live music and/or live visuals. The group performed work in various venues in Charlotte and Rock Hill.
Along with dance, Reba has been an avid martial art practitioner. She studied Shaolin Kempo Karate for 14 years and attained the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt. For the last 9 years she has has been practicing capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian art that combines martial arts, music, dance, acrobatics and other elements of Brazilian culture. Not only has capoeira allowed opportunities to travel the United States but it has also helped her increase her movement vocabulary to a style that is athletic and grounded.
For Reba, movement is an art form that allows for infinite creativity and exploration with body and mind and she hopes that she can share this message with others.
Photography by Michael Church . Courtesy of Caroline Calouche & Co.