26 DECEMBER 2013 A CELEBRATION OF TRINA PARKS ON HER BIRTHDAY
Birthday for our dear friend, Trina Parks, gorgeous black dance lecturer, choreographer, principal dancer, vocalist and actress. Trina portrayed "Thumper" in the 7th James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
With this dedicated page, we would like to send our personal wishes to Ms. Parks on her birthday.
"Dear Trina, happy birthday and much love from Sweden."
About Trina Parks: Trina Parks was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Tennel and Charles Frazier, the well-known saxophonist of the Cab Calloway Orchestra. Trina's father inspired her to pursue a career in the arts. Trina's early musical training focused on piano and voice. At the age of thirteen, she choreographed and performed her first dance solo. In the same year she sang "Inflammatus Et Accensus" by Rossini.
She majored in Modern Dance at the New York High School of Performing Arts. Trina studied acting with Director Vinette Carroll, performing in his Broadway show, The Prodigal Son. Ms. Parks had the honour of studying with Ms. Katherine Dunham and later joined her last professional Dance Company. Additional principal dancing involvement followed with the "Donnie McKayle," "Anna Sokolow", "Tally Beatty," "Geoffrey Holder" and "Eleo Parmare" New York Dance Companies.
Trina was the first African-American Guest Artist to open the famous New Otoni Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. She also performed her own show since 1984 and continues to do so. In addition, she performed at the La Cage Club in Paris, France. The show toured Europe and the United Kingdom.
Ms. Parks recent performances include; Palm Springs Follies (2002-2008) as the first African-American featured vocalist and dancer, Honoured Guest at Panhellic Society (2009), Award Presenter at Supreme Master TV's 4th Celebration (2010), Host for Supreme Master TV's Music and Poetry Specials (2010) and Guest Panellist at NAACP Dance in Theater (2010). She is presently working on her new theatrical tribute show, Black Diamonds Are Forever, which is intended to be performed around the world.
Meet Trina Parks from Diamonds Are Forever in a newly created video:
Editor's note: If you are interested in booking Trina Parks for a venue, please call +1 (760)-309-0462. She recently launched her new James Bond inspired solo theatrical show, "Black Diamonds Are Forever". More information here.
A selection of films Trina has appeared in:
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
(Trina portrayed Thumper, the first African-American James Bond girl/villain, appearing with Sean Connery.)
Co-star in The Muthers (1976)
Starring in the feature film Darktown Strutters (1975)
The Blues Brothers
The Great White Hope
Night Gallery: "The Phantom Farmhouse" (1971)
Dionne Warwick Special
Telly Savalas Special
Michel Legrand Special
Dick Shawn Special
Broadway and other stage performances:
Catch a Rising Star
Her First Roman
House of Flowers
I Don't Want to Cry No More
Sights and Sounds
The Selling of the President
The Snow Queen
They're Playing Our Song
Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.
Club and solo performances:
Danny's Skylight Room
La Mama Theater
La Place on the Park
Lionel Hampton Show
Mr. Kelly's Club
On Stage Club
The 5 Spot
Ye Little Club
Awards, certificates and nominations:
Nominated for Best Performance by the Branch of the NAACP, Beverly Hills, California
Principal's Award for teaching dance at Middle and Elementary Schools in Lynwood, California
Received a Commendation from the Director of the Adult Dance Department, New York City College
Commendation from the Eartha Kitt Cultural Arts and Dance Program
Letter of Appreciation from Orange County High School of the Arts, California, for teaching the "Katherine Dunham" dance technique
Letter of Appreciation from the Ziegfeld Club, New York City, for her dance contribution
Certificate of Appreciation from Bret Harte Middle School