Vitae

photo by Craig Bortmas

Education

2018 Ph.D. Africana Studies, The Ohio State University, Department of African American and African Studies, Columbus, Ohio

2010 M.F.A. Dance, Southern Methodist University, Dance Department, Dallas, Texas

2007 B.A.  Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

2003 International Baccalaureate, Li Po Chun United World College, Hong Kong

Certificates

2010 Elementary Labanotation Certification and Labanotation  Teaching Certificate Elementary, Southern Methodist University, Texas

2002 British Council Certification in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), Hong Kong

2002 Playback Theatre Certificate, Jo Salas & Veronica Needa, Hong Kong

Scholarships and Awards

2008 – 2010 Meadows Fellowship, Dance Department, Southern Methodist University

2012 – 2013 University Fellowship for graduate studies, Department of Dance, The Ohio State University 

2007 Belkin Art Award, College of the Atlantic

2004 – 2007 Shelby Davis Fellowship, College of the Atlantic

2001 – 2003 United World College Merit Scholarship

Publications

2010 Novel: Baobabs in Heaven.

Conferences

2018 National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES) paper presentation – ‘Bodying Against an Anti-Black Modernity: Contemporary African Theatrical Dance and the Black Subject.’ Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia.

2013 Dance Studies Association (CORD/SDHS) paper presentation – ‘Gesturing From The Deathzone: contemporary African dance as political intervention in the inertia of colonial perceptions in discourse on African subjectivity’, University of California Riverside, California.

2014 Dance Studies Association (CORD/SDHS) paper presentation – ‘Bodying the Afrocentric: articulating a classical African meta-physical to deepen corporeal discourse’, Iowa University, Iowa.

Select Additional Training

2018 Embodiology Certificate of Performance, First International Embodiology Immersion University of Texas El Paso, Texas

2011 Decolonial Theatre, Patrice Niambana, Dance Trust of Zimbabwe, Harare

2010 Bartenieff Movement Analysis, Southern Methodist University, Texas

2009 Théâtre d’objet, Michel Laubu, Les Subsistance Festival, Lyon, France

2009 American Dance Festival, Duke University, North Carolina

2007 Butoh-fusion dance technique, Yuko Kaseki, New York Butoh Festival, Japan Society, New York

2006 – current  Capoeira, Capoeira Volta do Mundo, Mestre Beck, Maine; Capoeira Carioca, Instructor Bode, Ohio; Capoeira Folha Seca, Harare

1999 – current Seidokan Okinawan Karate, Shihan Jimmy Mavenge, Jindokai Karate-do, Old Hararians, Shihan Paul Danisa, Harare

Select Art Exhibitions

2016 City of Oracles solo exhibition, William H. Thomas Gallery, Ohio

2010 Inheritance and Dead Skin video installation, joint exhibition, Denton Center for the Arts, Texas

2007 Red solo exhibition, Schoodic Arts, Maine

2007 Gesture installation, Blum Gallery, College of the Atlantic,  Maine                                

2005 Downset solo exhibition, Blum Gallery, College of the  Atlantic, Maine