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ABDEL R. SALAAM

Artistic Director / Choreographer

Abdel R. Salaam is the Executive Artistic Director/Co-Founder of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre (FONDT) founded in 1981. Born in Harlem, New York, Abdel, is a critically acclaimed choreographer and in the past, served as a dancer, teacher and/or performing artist in five continents throughout his 49 year career in the Dance World. He has...

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Alice Sheppard

Dancer / Artist

Alice Sheppard took her first dance class in order to make good on a dare; she loved moving so much that she resigned her academic professorship in order to begin a career in dance. She studied ballet and modern with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship, Alice joined AXIS Dance Company where...

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Amaniyea Payne

Freelance Artists / Former Artistic Director

Amaniyea (Pamela) Payne for over fifty years have built an impressive career and is a viable artistic force in the field of dance and is recognized for her many talents in the global dance communities as dancer, singer, consultant, researcher, director, mentor, producer, choreographer, arts educator, costume designer, healer and...

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Amy Hall Garner

Choreographer

is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and a graduate of The Juilliard School. Her work has been praised internationally and commissioned by Ailey II, ABT Studio Company, Collage Dance Collective, The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, Barnard College, The University of the Arts, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Point Park University, and...

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Angie Pittman

Dance Artist / Dance Maker / Dance Educator

Angie Pittman is a New York based Bessie award-winning dance artist, dance maker, and dance educator. Her choreographic work has been performed at The Kitchen, Gibney Dance, BAAD! (BlaktinX Performance Series), Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, STooPS, The Domestic Performance Agency, The KnockDown Center(Sunday...

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Ann Williams

Founder

Ann M. Williams founded Dallas Black Dance Theatre in 1976. She is a founding member of the Dance Council of North Texas, the Advisory Board of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and The International Association of Blacks in Dance.

She received her early dance training under Barbara Hollis...

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Archie Burnett

Dancer / Ambassador / Teacher

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Bebe Miller

Dancer, CEO

Bebe Miller first performed her choreography at Dance Theater Workshop NYC in 1978. In 1985 she formed Bebe Miller Company to pursue her interest in finding a physical language for the human condition. She has collaborated with artists, composers, writers and designers along with the dancers who share her studio practice and from whom she...

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Bill T Jones

Artistic Director, Co-Founder, Choreographer

BILL T. JONES (Artistic Director/Co-Founder/Choreographer: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company; Artistic Director: New York Live Arts) is the Associate Artist of the 2020 Holland Festival and recipient of the 2014 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award; the 2013 National Medal of Arts; the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors; a 2010 Tony Award for Best...

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Camille A Brown

Director, Choreographer, Educator

Camille A. Brown is the 2020 Obie Award winner for Sustained Excellence in Choreography. She is a prolific Black female choreographer, who is reclaiming the cultural narratives of African American identity. Her bold work taps into both ancestral stories and contemporary culture to capture a range of deeply personal experiences. She is a...

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Chanon Judson Johnson

Artistic Director

Chanon Judson’s been growing with the acclaimed Urban Bush Women (UBW) since 2001, as performer and now Co-Artistic Director and Coordinator for BOLD, UBW’s facilitation network. She’s a director’s fellow with New Perspective Theatre and Chicago Director’s Lab. Projects include “The Invention of Tragedy” (choreographer,...

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Christal Brown

Mother | Artist | Educator | Disciple | Coach

CHRISTAL BROWN is the Founder of INSPIRIT, Project: BECOMING, the creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance, an Associate Professor of Dance at Middlebury College, and the CVO of Steps and Stages, LLC. Brown is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, where she remembers accompanying her mother to NAACP meetings and performing...

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Cleo Parker Robinson

Founder | Artistic Director

CLEO PARKER ROBINSON is Founder and Artistic Director of the nearly 51-year-old Denver based CLEO PARKER ROBINSON DANCE. As a master teacher/choreographer and cultural ambassador to both the national and international community, she leads an organization that encompasses the renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, as well as Cleo II...

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Coco Killingsworth

Educator, Dancer, Organizer

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Colleen Jennings-Roggensack

Arts Leader | Visionary | Vice President

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, arts leader and visionary is Vice President for Cultural Affairs for Arizona State University and Executive Director of ASU Gammage. She has artistic, fiscal and administrative responsibility for the historic Frank Lloyd Wright designed ASU Gammage, ASU Kerr Cultural Center, with responsibility for Sun Devil...

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Cynthia Oliver

Choreographer,and Performance Artist

Cynthia Oliver is a Bronx born, Virgin Island reared, award-winning choreographer,and performance artist. Her ongoing research is in the areas of intersection between contemporary dance, feminism, black popular culture,and the expressive performances of Africans in the diaspora, with an emphasis on the performance in the Anglophone...

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Danelle Morgan

Professional Dancer

Danelle Morgan, a Highland Park, New Jersey native, is the AssistantChoreographer and Dance Caption for the Radio City Rockettes. She hasperformed as a Rockette for over 14 years in the Christmas SpectacularStarring the Radio City Rockettes. Other productions include the New YorkSpring Spectacular, choreographed by Tony Award winner,...

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Darrell Grand Moultire

Choreographer

A recipient of the Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award, Darrell Grand Moultrie has established himself as one of the most diverse and sought-after choreographers and master teachers. This past fall, American Ballet Theatre premiered Moultrie’s piece “Indestructible Light” as part of their ABT: Future Starts Now program....

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Davalois Victoria Fearon

Founder, Artistic Director, Executive Director

Davalois Fearon, is a critically acclaimed choreographer, dancer, and educator. Born in Jamaica and raised in the Bronx, Fearon founded Davalois Fearon Dance (DFD) in 2016 with the mission to push artistic and social boundaries. Her choreography, said to reflect a “tenacious virtuosity,” has been presented nationally and...

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David Rousseve

Artistic Director

DAVID ROUSSÈVE, is a choreographer/writer/director/performer, a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and a Guggenheim Fellow. His dance/theater company REALITY has performed throughout the UK, Europe, S. America, and the U.S including three commissions for the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. Commissions...

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Deidre Dawkins

Dancer

Diedre Dawkins is a 2003 Bessie Award winner and founder of “Dance is Healing” mentoring for middle school girls through dance. Dawkins graduated from the New York City High School of the Performing Arts and received her BFA in dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA in choreography and performance from...

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Dianne Walker

Artist / Performer

Dianne "Lady Di" Walker is one of a handful of internationally acclaimed women in the field of tap dance. Over the course of her career, she has been honored with numerous awards including several for lifetime achievements in dance. She has performed with tap masters Gregory Hines, Steve Condos, Jimmy Slyde and her mentor, Leon Collins to...

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Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild

Freelance Writer / Consultant / Performer / Lecturer / Cultural Worker

Brenda Dixon Gottschild is the author of Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts; Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era (winner of the 2001 Congress on Research in Dance Award for Outstanding Scholarly Dance Publication); The Black Dancing Body–A...

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Dr. Gaynell Sherrod

Professor / Researcher

Began training with Kariamu Welsh Asante and (the late) Pearl Reynolds, studying African-derived dance forms and the Dunham technique. Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Psychology, she joined the dance faculty at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, and subsequently pursued a career in...

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Dwana Smallwood

Dancer

Proclaimed “one of the greatest modern dancers” by Vogue magazine, Brooklyn born dancer Dwana A. Smallwood danced before millions as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show as a part of her “The Best...” series. Smallwood learned to dance at an early age, which led to her tenure as a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance...

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Dyane Harvey-Salaam

Performing Artist, Dance Educator, Movement Director

Dyane Harvey-Salaam is a performing artist, dance educator, movement director, and founding member/assistant to director Abdel R. Salaam of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company. In 2021, this Harlem-based company will celebrate 40 years with a continuing mission of audience empowerment and the preservation of this planet. Harvey and...

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Earl Mosley

Artistic Director

Fredrick Earl Mosley is Founder and Artistic Director of Diversity of Dance, which is the spring board for programs such as Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts (EMIA) held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, Hearts of Men a program which is designed to use dance to empower and cultivate a safe space where men of all ages...

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Edisa Weeks

Choreographer | Educator | Curator | Founder

Edisa Weeks is a choreographer, educator, curator and founder of DELIRIOUS Dances. She creates interdisciplinary interactive work, that explores our deepest desires, darkest fears and sweetest dreams. Her work has been performed in a variety of venues including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum and...

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Ephraim Sykes

Artist | Dancer

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Fana Fraser

Artist / Performer / Doula

Fana Fraser is an artist, performer, and full spectrum doula in training. Her creative work is rooted in a contemporary Caribbean aesthetic and framed by narratives of eroticism, power, and compassion. Fana’s live performance work has been presented at several venues including Brooklyn Museum, Gibney, ISSUE Project Room, BAAD!, and...

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Francesca Harper

Artistic Director

Francesca Harper is an internationally acclaimed multi-faceted artist After being named Presidential Scholar in the Arts and performing at the White House Harper joined and performed soloist roles with The Dance Theater of Harlem and later as a Principal Artist in William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt. Harper has choreographed for The...

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Gabri Christa

Dancer / Producer / Educator

GABRI’S MISSION IS TO TRANSFORM THE UNDERSTANDING OF HUMANITY THROUGH THE ARTS.

Born and raised in the Caribbean island nation of Curaçao, Gabri is a member of a crossroads culture, and her work expresses the politics and poetics of interchanging races, rhythms, and histories.

Multi-disciplinary and wide-ranging...

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Germaul Barnes

Choreographer, Director, Master Educator, Scholar, Designer

Germaul Barnes is a choreographer, director, master educator, scholar, and designer with a multifaceted career spanning over 30 years in contemporary dance. Global in vision and influence, he is known for a bold, urgent, energetic movement style, steeped in spirituality and optimism. His work regularly reflects his deep knowledge of and...

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Gesel Mason

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Halifu Osumare

dancer, choreographer, educator, cultural activist, and scholar

Halifu Osumare is Professor Emerita of African American & African Studies at University of California, Davis. She has been a dancer, choreographer, educator, cultural activist, and scholar for over forty years. She published The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop (2007) and The Hiplife in Ghana: West Africanist Indigenization of...

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Iyun Ashani Harrison

Founder / Creative Director / Dancer

Iyun Ashani Harrison is the founder and creative director of Ballet Ashani (formerly Ashani Dances). Harrison is a graduate of The Juilliard School, received his MFA from Hollins University, and a doctoral candidate in Education at Marymount University.

He has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico of New York,...

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J. Bouey

Dancer, Educator

As a performer, choreographer, educator, and writer they make art using movement as the language and material. They are also the founder and co-host of The Dance Union Podcast with Melanie Greene and is a current member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. J. Bouey has shown their original work at The Chocolate Factory, New York Live...

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Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Performance Artist, Poet, and Curator

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian American performance artist, poet, and curator originally from Detroit, MI. His creative practice draws from Black study and queer theories of the body, weaving together visual performance, lecture, ritual, and spiritual practice. Recent awards include: 2020 PEW Fellowship in the arts, 2020-21 Resident...

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Jamal Story

Dancer, Owner

Jamal Story trained at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. He holds degrees in Dance Performance and TV/Radio Communications from Southern Methodist University. He performed with Complexions, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet, Donald Byrd/theGroup, Madonna’s 2001 Drowned World Tour, Complexions, and Cher’s Living...

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Jamar Roberts

Dancer

Jamar Roberts graduated from the New World School of the Arts. He trained at the Dance Empire of Miami, where he continues to teach, and as a fellowship student at The Ailey School. Roberts was a member of Ailey II and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Dance Magazine featured Jamar as one of “25 to Watch” in 2007and on the cover in...

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James “Cricket” Colter

Artist | Dancer

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Jasmine Lynne Hearn

Dancer

Jasmine Hearn is from the land of the Karankawa and Atapake people, now known as Houston, TX. A curator, director, choreographer, organizer, teaching artist, and a 2017 Bessie award winning performer, they are currently a company member with Urban Bush Women and a 2019 Jerome Foundation Jerome Hill Fellow. Jasmine also creatively...

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Jason Samuels Smith

Tap Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Humanitarian

Jason Samuels Smith is an award-winning tap dancer, teacher, choreographer, and humanitarian. He is a multi-talented leader and lifelong champion of tap dancing. Smith’s accolades include an Emmy, a Dance Magazine Award, an American Choreography Award, and the Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award—one of his most cherished honors. He has...

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Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

Performance Artist

Growing up in Kansas City, Missouri, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar earned her B.A. in dance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and her M.F.A. in dance from Florida State University. In 1980 Jawole moved to New York City to study with Dianne McIntyre at Sounds in Motion, and in 1984 she founded Urban Bush Women (UBW) as a performance...

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Jennifer Harge

Dancer

Jennifer Harge is an interdisciplinary choreographer originally from Saginaw, MI. With deep familial roots in Detroit, she moved there permanently in 2014 after living in various US cities. Her performance works have always prioritized the sacredness of Black fellowship, queer relationality, rituals from her experiences in both Black...

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Kayla Hamilton

Artist, Educator

Kayla Hamilton (she/her/hers) is an award-winning artist and educator who uses disability aesthetics to create experiences on the intersection of Blackness and disability. When Kayla is not dancing, she's a special education teacher who loves to watch Law and Order on Hulu while sipping on peppermint tea.

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Kevin Iega Jeff

Co-Founder, Creative Director

Kevin Iega Jeff is an accomplished dancer, award-winning choreographer, acclaimed artistic director. After 24 years as Co-Founder/Artistic/Executive Director of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT), Iega assumed his new role as Creative Director in September 2019. In his new role, he is leading the company’s newly formed Special Projects...

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Kyle Abraham

Artistic Director

Recently featured in both Kinfolk and O, The Oprah Magazine, 2018 Princess Grace Statue Award recipient and Lincoln Center Education Artist in Residence, Kyle Abraham is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and a 2016 Doris Duke Awardee who began his dance training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before receiving his BFA from Purchase College and his MFA...

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Kyle Marshall

Choreographer, Dancer

Choreographer and dancer Kyle Marshall is a 2018 Juried Bessie Award winner and a NJ State Council on the Arts Fellow. His company, Kyle Marshall Choreography (KMC) sees the dancing body as a container of history, an igniter of social reform and a site of celebration. KMC has performed at venues including: BAM Next Wave Festival,...

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Laura Greer

Artist | Producer

Laura Greer joined the world-famous Apollo Theater in 2005 after over twenty years of working in the performing arts. She is dedicated to presenting and commissioning artists of African descent and introducing new voices and talents to the attention of diverse audiences.

Greer is currently a Senior Producer at the Apollo...

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Leslie Parker

Dance Artist, Maker, Director, Collaborator, Improviser and Educator

Leslie Parker is a dance artist, maker, director, collaborator, improviser and educator holding a BFA from Temple University in Choreography and Modern dance technique and a MFA in dance from Hollins University in partnership with the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, The Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and The Dresden Frankfurt...

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Linda Walton

Consultant | Artist

Ms. Walton has over 35 years of experience as an arts administrator, supporting the professional, creative, and organizational development of artist and arts organizations locally, nationally, and internationally through performance, visual, humanities, and education programs.

She served as the first Executive Director of the...

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Lorenzo “Rennie” Harris

Founder, Dancer

Lorenzo “Rennie” Harris founded Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theater in 1992. He has received three Bessie Awards, four Black Theater Alvin Ailey Awards, a Herb Alpert Award in choreography, a Guggenheim, Dance Magazine’s Legend Award, and a lifetime achievement award from Palm Dessert Festival. At the turn of...

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Lula Washington

Artistic Director | Co-Founder | Artist

Lula Washington earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in dance at UCLA. While a student, Lula danced in the Academy Awards telecast and in the films Funny Lady; Sgt. Pepper, King Kong and in the tv programs. “Cindy” and “Komedy Tonight.” Lula founded what is now the Lula Washington Dance Theatre while working on her Masters...

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Maria Bauman-Morales

Multi-Disciplinary Artist, Community Organizer

Maria Bauman-Morales (she, hers) is a Bessie-Award-winning, Brooklyn, NY-based, multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer from Jacksonville, FL. Bauman-Morales is also a sought-after facilitator and public speaker on the topics of social justice practices within performing arts, embodied and arts-based leadership development, and...

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Marjani Forté-Saundersis

Artist, Educator, and Organizer

Marjani Forté-Saundersis an artist, educator, and organizer. She is a 2020 recipient of the Foundation of Contemporary Arts Grants for Artists Award and an inaugural fellow of the UBW Choreographic Center, the Jerome Hill Artist, and DanceUSA Fellowship. Marjani is a two-timePrincess Grace Foundation awardee and a three-timeBessie Award...

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Marlies Yearby

Choreographer Director

Marlies Yearby is an artist activist, choreographer and director with a global perspective. She creates original works across various platforms including theater, film and diverse multimedia. Ms. Yearby developed her “In Our Bones Creative Process” as an acknowledgement of the legacies, lived experiences, memories, and day to day...

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Maurice Chestnut

Dancer and Youth Dancer Director

Newark, New Jersey native Maurice Chestnut began dancing at the age of five, under the direction of Mr. Alfred Gallman. He became a professional dancer at the age of nine as an original member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble under the direction of Ms. Deborah Mitchell. As one of taps’ brightest young stars, he was featured on The Sally...

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Melanie Greene

Independent movement-based artist

MELANIE GREENE is a choreographer, performer, writer, and organizer. She is no stranger to swirling on the edge of impossible, and swimming in the sea of the minority. Performing and sharing work throughout the U.S. and abroad, this southern belle turned Brooklynite holds a special place in her heart for biscuits, country ham, and collard...

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Meredith Raney

Choreographer, Teacher, Adjunct Professor

Meredith Rainey began dancing at 15 in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale. He became the first African-American to join the Milwaukee Ballet (1985). He was invited to join the newly formed Pennsylvania-Milwaukee Ballet (1987). Among other awards and fellowships, Rainey has been the recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship...

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Natasha Diamond-Walker

Soloist

NATASHA M. DIAMOND-WALKER was born in Los Angeles, CA. Currently, she is a seventh season Soloist with the Martha Dance Graham Company and dances lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Cave of the Heart, Ekstasis (solo), Herodiade, and Lamentation (solo). Natasha holds a memorable place in the company’s history as she was the...

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Nia Love

Teacher, Dancer

Nia Love’s career spans over 40 years, beginning in 1978 when she became one of the youngest international apprentices with Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Love received her BFA in Theater from Howard University (1987) and an M.F.A. in Choreography Florida State University (1992). In 1996, Love studied Butoh and toured with Japanese Butoh...

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NIC Kay

Performer / Conceptual Choreographer

NIC Kay is from the Bronx. They currently reside in New York. NIC is a performer and conceptual choreographer. They are a person who makes performances and creates/organizes performative spaces. NIC Kay began their career as an actor and performer working with playwrights,choreographers, designers, and conceptual artists. NIC’s studio...

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Nora Chipaumire

Creator, Dancer

Born in Zimbabwe and based in New York City, Nora Chipaumire creates work that challenges and embraces the body, Black art, and its aesthetic. She has studied dance and choreography in Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, and the United States and has performed across the globe. Chipaumire is a choreographer and performer who uses her work to challenge...

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