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Tosha Pendergrast

 
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Tosha was born and raised in Nashville, and danced at the Bellevue Dance Center from when it opened, until she graduated from Hume- Fogg Academic High School. There, she founded her school’s Dance Club, was an active member in the theater department (Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie), ... (read complete bio)
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Tosha was born and raised in Nashville, and danced at the Bellevue Dance Center from when it opened, until she graduated from Hume- Fogg Academic High School. There, she founded her school’s Dance Club, was an active member in the theater department (Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie), ... (read complete bio)
 

 

Tosha Pendergrast Biography

Tosha was born and raised in Nashville, and danced at the Bellevue Dance Center from when it opened, until she graduated from Hume- Fogg Academic High School. There, she founded her school’s Dance Club, was an active member in the theater department (Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie), and was part of the award winning show choir ‘The Blue Notes’. After high school she went to Oklahoma City University as a Dance Performance major. While in Oklahoma, she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Musical Theater intensively, and was part of The American Spirit Dance Company, the hip hop and step team OCU Rhythms, and the OCU Theatre Department. She has also studied multiple styles of dance in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Nashville.

Tosha has a passion for performance and has been dancing, singing, and acting since the age of 5 on stage and screen. She has been in numerous stage productions, industrials, commercials, TV shows, music videos, and films throughout her career. Some of her favorite musical theater credits are Showstoppers with Music City Theatre Collective, Mary Poppins with AT Pro, Aida with Hope Theatre Company in Oklahoma City, Anything Goes with Boiler Room Theatre, and High School Musical with Circle Players. She has been blessed to be able to perform at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Rocketown, The End, Nashville Shores, LP Field, The Ryman Auditorium, and The Grand Ole Opry. She is excited to be a part of the launch of the all new Dance Network.

Although she enjoys performing, Tosha feels called to be a dance teacher and choreographer. You may have seen her critically acclaimed choreography for Pull-Tight Players (Drowsy Chaperone, 9 to 5), Gaslight Dinner Theatre (The Andrews Brothers, I Do! I Do!, Two Guys and a Christmas Tree, Mr. Jingle's Christmas Clause) , Larry Keeton Theatre (Nunsense), and Circle Players (Addams Family: The Musical, Ragtime, Sister Act), Murfreesboro Center for the Arts (Dreamgirls), and Street Theatre Company (In The Heights). She has taught classes David Lipscomb University, Columbia State, and at Centennial High School as well as multiple dance studios around Middle Tennessee, but is proud to call Bellevue Dance Center her home.




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Friday 5(+1): Getting To Know The New Faces of Nashville Rep's RAGTIME Photo Friday 5(+1): Getting To Know The New Faces of Nashville Rep's RAGTIME
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 12, 2021

Ragtime opened last night, featuring a cast of Nashville stage veterans and a sizable coterie of performers, heretofore unknown to local audiences, who are certain to become fast favorites. Taking a brief respite from their hectic schedules of rehearsals, fittings, photo calls, more rehearsals and getting to know one another, four of those newcomers – Shelby Denise Smith, Wood Van Meter, Kortney Ballenger and Steven McCoy – took the time to answer our questions to tell you why you need to score those tickets for Ragtime now if you haven’t already.

Nashville Rep Comes Home to TPAC's Polk Theatre for Season-Opening RAGTIME Photo Nashville Rep Comes Home to TPAC's Polk Theatre for Season-Opening RAGTIME
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 9, 2021

Opening Thursday night, November 11 and continuing for five performances through Sunday, November 14, Ragtime – the musical by Stephen Flaherty (music), Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) and Terrance McNally (book) which, in turn, is based upon E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel of the same name – promises to be a grand undertaking, which hopefully will blow away the cobwebs and the dust that’s collected in the past year-and-a-half during which the theater was dark and the company strived to remain relevant and productive amidst all the challenges that ensued.

BWW Review: Strong Performances Ensure Success of Circle Players' IF/THEN Photo BWW Review: Strong Performances Ensure Success of Circle Players' IF/THEN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 2, 2019

What if? For many, their lives are filled with the search for answers to the questions that tend to keep people awake in the middle of the night, wondering if they'd made another choice how their lives would have been impacted and, more importantly, where they might find themselves instead of lying awake in a cloistered apartment, cut off from adventure and intrigue, living a life largely unexamined until 3 a.m.

First Night's Top Ten of 2018 Announced in Nashville Tonight Photo First Night's Top Ten of 2018 Announced in Nashville Tonight
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 10, 2018

In anticipation of the gala 30th anniversary celebration of The First Night Awards, Tennessee's best and brightest in live theater were revealed tonight as First Night's Top Ten of 2018 - reviewer and critic Jeffrey Ellis' annual recognition for theater in the Volunteer State - were announced during a Facebook Live presentation from Nashville.

High School Drama: Ravenwood High School's KELLY WHITLOW Photo High School Drama: Ravenwood High School's KELLY WHITLOW
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 22, 2018

Theater people love to talk - especially about other theater people. So it should come as no surprise that it was during a recent conversation with Nashville theater choreographer extraordinaire Tosha Pendergrast that the name of Ravenwood High School's Kelly Whitlow came up.

SAVE THE DATE: Nashville Theater Calendar for October 15, 2018 Photo SAVE THE DATE: Nashville Theater Calendar for October 15, 2018
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 14, 2018

Looking into the future, you'll find a number of new productions on tap for your entertainment pleasure, thanks to the efforts of theater companies all over Middle Tennessee. Here's our calendar for October 15, 2018, to help you plot your course through the end of the year...

SAVE THE DATE: Nashville Theater Calendar for October 8, 2018 Photo SAVE THE DATE: Nashville Theater Calendar for October 8, 2018
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 8, 2018

Looking into the future, you'll find a number of new productions on tap for your entertainment pleasure, thanks to the efforts of theater companies all over Middle Tennessee. Here's our calendar for October 1, 2018, to help you plot your course through the end of the year...

BWW Review: Circle Players' HAIR Captures a Moment in Time With Absolute Confidence Photo BWW Review: Circle Players' HAIR Captures a Moment in Time With Absolute Confidence
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 8, 2018

Hair is a great big hit on the symbolic and mostly imaginary bong that is theater in Music City - or anywhere else artists come together to share the largesse of their own indomitable spirits. The resulting production will leave you inspired, maybe even more readily equipped with the realities of life in the 21st century, which proves that no matter how much times have changed, they remain stultifyingly the same. While our prejudices and biases may have been altered by the social upheaval of the 1960s and the decades that followed, introspection reveals that we only have refocused our baser instincts on issues of equal significance.

Friday 5(+1): The Cast of Circle Players' HAIR Photo Friday 5(+1): The Cast of Circle Players' HAIR
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 5, 2018

Circle Players continues to celebrate of its 2018-19 season with tonight's opening of Hair, the 1969 tribal love-rock musical that made musical theater history with its premiere 50 years ago. Directed by Jason Lewis and choreographed by Tosha Pendergrast, the eagerly anticipated production features a cast of Nashville's favorite actors, with Nicholas Page as Claude.

Thursday 5(+1): Six Gentlemen From the Nashville Premiere of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Photo Thursday 5(+1): Six Gentlemen From the Nashville Premiere of THE BOYS IN THE BAND
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 27, 2018

It's the day of the show, y'all: The Nashville premiere of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band is tonight - at The Barbershop Theatre, 4003 Indiana Avenue in The Nations - and six of the actors portraying Crowley's now-iconic characters took time from tech week to answer questions about their processes and to offer their reasons for why you should come see the show.