Laying the foundation for Brown Ballerinas.
Brilliant and Determined
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.
SAG. AEA. AFTRA.
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
Good Morning America 2002
Martha Steward Show 2001
Lakawanna Blues Featured HBO
The Josephine Baker Story (1991)
Josephine (Dance Double) HBO
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
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
A Different World
Fame (1984 – 1987)
SPECIAL VOCAL CREDITS
Arista Records as Lead Singer of Multi-platinum Recording Group SNAP (1992 – 2002)
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
Prince George’s County, 2018