Known for her performances in the New York productions or Broadway tours of Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope; Grind; West Side Story; and Hallelujah, Baby!, she also earned Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations for her choreography work in the 1992 Broadway production of Jelly's Last Jam.
Her early screen credits include roles in episodes of The Jeffersons and Good Times. She also appeared in the 1977 Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby film, A Piece of the Action.
In the mid 1990s, she earned both a Tony Award for directing and the distinction of being the first African American choreographer and director of a professional, touring production of the classic George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess.
She was raised in Washington, D.C. and New York City.
Early in her career, she performed principal roles with the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.