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Paloma McGregor

Paloma McGregor is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Angela's Pulse, which centers the voices of Black dance artists by creating and producing performance work, as well as cultivating a larger ecosystem of creativity, courage and care. McGregor’s artistic leadership around anti-racist practice and community-building in dance has earned her a 2020 Soros Arts Fellowship from the Open Society Foundation, as well as nominations for the United States Artists and Herb Alpert awards. Paloma is currently Artist in Residence at Barnard College’s Movement Lab and Movement Research in New York City. McGregor has been in the inaugural cohorts of several national leadership programs: Dance/USA’s Fellowship to Artists (2019); Urban Bush Women’s Choreographic Center Institute Fellowship (2018); Surdna Foundation’s Artists Engaging in Social Change (2015, 2017) and the Kennedy Center/DeVos Institute Performers in Transition Fellowship (2012). After leaving a career in journalism, Paloma toured internationally for six years as a dancer with Urban Bush Women, with whom she continues to work. She has also collaborated for nearly a decade with dance leader Liz Lerman. In 2017, McGregor won a coveted “Bessie” Award for performance as a member of skeleton architecture, an acclaimed collective of Black women(+) improvisers. McGregor is currently developing A’we deh ya, a multi-year, multi-site performance project aimed at illuminating “abandoned” spaces, vanishing traditions and local visions in Christiansted, St. Croix, her hometown, where local organizers are battling disaster capitalism after the 2017 hurricane season. This is the latest iteration of her project Building a Better Fisthrap, rooted in her father’s vanishing fishing tradition and three animating questions she’s asked since leaving her ancestral home: What do you take with you? Leave behind? Return to reclaim?

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