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Charmaine Warren

I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I began the online series "Black Dance Stories" in June 2020. I am the founder/producer and artistic director for "Dance on the Lawn:" Montclair's Dance Festival, and the Producer of DanceAfrica at BAM. I have been a co-curator for Harlem Stage's dance series, EMoves for 11 years, and the lead curator for Dance @ Wassaic Project Festival for nine years. I currently write on dance for The New York Amsterdam News, sometimes Dance Magazine and other magazines and journals. My most recent articles can be found on Jazz at Lincoln Center's website Playbill for "Spaces." JW Marriot's luxury hotel's website - jwm - "Visions of Sugarplums", on BAM's website ("A Brief History of American Modern Dance"), and in BAM's 150th anniversary book - BAM: The Complete Works, Edited by Steven Serafin. I am a 2017 Bessie Award Recipient for "Outstanding Performance" as a member of Skeleton Architecture Collective. I am also a faculty member at Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am a former faculty member at Hunter College, The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Kean University, and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I hold a Ph.D. in History from Howard University, a Masters Degree in Dance Research, Reconstruction and Choreography from CUNY - City College, and two Bachelor’s Degrees: one in Speech & Theatre/Dance, and the other in English from Montclair State College. I generally lecture on western dance history, the Black tradition in American dance and Jamaican dance. After performing for many years with major New York dance companies, I joined the internationally known, New York-based, dance/theater company david rousseve/REALITY in 1989 - 2000. I teach a movement class based on a melding of modern dance, contemporary styles and yoga. I am a yoga teacher in Montclair, New Jersey. I began teaching Ashtanga-based yoga classes in 1998, and today Ashtanga yoga remains an integral part of all my movement classes. I have lectured and taught movement and yoga classes nationally and internationally. I was a member of the New York Dance and Performance Awards Committee (BESSIES) for more than ten years.

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