Founder

Artistic Director

Vagonova Instructor

Laying the foundation for Brown Ballerinas.

PAULA BROWN

Brilliant and Determined

BIOGRAPHY

Prince George’s County, MD’s hidden jewel, Ms. Paula Brown is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, singer, and actress. She started her training at Jones-Haywood School of Dance and received some of her  personal training from Mr.  Alvin Ailey and Ms. Debbie Allen that led to her invitation as a dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and a three-year contract as a dancer on the hit television series Fame. Ms. Brown has also worked with director Spike Lee, executive director Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and     

recording artist Calvin Broadus, to name a  few.

Ms. Brown is a long-time member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Association, and Actor’s Equity Union. Her experience and expertise enables her students to receive professional formal dance training and a wealth of knowledge about varied aspects of the performing arts.

She has performed on Broadway, television, and film, and toured with some of America’s legendary top pop artists, such as James Brown, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Patti Labelle, Prince, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dog. Some of her Broadway credits are the 2005 West Side Story (Anita), directed by George Faison, The Wiz, and The Old Settler. Her list of television and film credits include, dance double for HBO’s The Josephine Baker Story, Halle Berry’s production of Lackawanna Blues, School Daze, Coming to America, and The Running Man. Her more recent music credit was a five-year contract with Arista Records as the lead singer, know as Summer, of the internationally and nationally acclaimed group Snap, known for its number one charted hits “I Got The Power,” “Rhythm Is A Dancer,” and “Welcome To Tomorrow.”

A native of Washington D.C., in 2013, Ms. Brown founded the Paula Brown Performing Arts Center located in the Prince George’s County of Temple Hills, Maryland.

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

SAG. AEA. AFTRA.

Vagonova Certification

 

DANCE

Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble 1979-1982 Toured nationally to over 25 states and Trinidad and Barbados. Performed Revelations

1982 Nike Industrial Orlando Florida Disney World 1982 Dancer in Nike fashion athletic wear clothing.

Sledge Choreographer Sundance Film Festival

Coming to America (1988) Featured Paramount Pictures

Running Man Featured Paramount Pictures

School Daze Miriam Columbia Picture

CHOREOGRAPHY AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Confessions Of An Action Star 2005

Oprah Winfrey Paul Potts, El Dibo Artist Director, 2001-2002

Ellen  2002

Good Morning America  2002

Martha Steward Show 2001

FILM

Lakawanna Blues Featured HBO

The Josephine Baker Story (1991)

Josephine (Dance Double) HBO

Sledge Choreographer

Sundance Film Festival

Coming to America Featured Paramount Pictures

Running Man (1987) Featured Paramount Pictures

School Daze (1988) Miriam Columbia Picture

Purple People Eater (1988) Featured Motion Picture Corporation of America

There Goes My Baby (1994) Featured Nelson Entertainment

THEATER

West Side Story Anita Director George Faison

Tell Hell Mahogany/Enticer Director Charles Penland

The Old Settler Lou Bessie Long Beach Theater

I Went To Heaven Choreographer Director Charles Penland

The Wiz Revival (1982 – 1984)  Broadway/Chorus Director Geoffrey Holder

 

TELEVISION

A Different World                                  

Guest

NBC

Prefect Strangers                                    

Guest               

ABC

Fame (1984 – 1987)

Guest

WBC

Bronx Zoo                                                

Guest

NBC

SPECIAL VOCAL CREDITS

Arista Records as Lead Singer of Multi-platinum Recording Group SNAP (1992 – 2002)

Gold Record recipient for Welcome to Tomorrow and Eternity

Snap! Feat. Summer: The World in My Hands

Background Singer Recordings: Baby Face, Dr. Dre & Snoop, Donni Rae, LK,

Background Singer/Tours: Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Patti Labelle, James Ingram, James Brown, Aretha Franklin

2005 Teen Choice Awards Chingy; FOX Television                                               

2004 BET Awards Mr. Biggs; Lifetime Achievement Award BET Television

NAACP Awards, Academy Awards, MTV Awards

 

PROCLAMATION

 

Prince George’s County, 2018

Paula Brown Performing Arts Center

4856 Stamp Road

Temple Hills, Maryland 20748

(301) 899-0047

paulabrownpac@gmail.com

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