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Short CV



2010 - Ph.D., Culture and Performance Studies 

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Committee members: Susan L. Foster (chair), Janet O'Shea, Donald Cosentino, and Randal Johnson


2009 - Post-graduate Especialization in Ethnic and Racial Studies & African Culture 

Centro de Estudos Afro-Asiáticos, UFBA, Brazil

Faculty including Angela Davis and Gina Dent


2003 - M.A., Art 

University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Committee members: Laurie Beth Clark (chair), Derrick Buish, and Henry Drewal


2000 - B.F.A., Studio Art 

California State University, Chico (CSU, Chico)

Magna cum laude & honors in the major

Minor in Latin American Studies

Performance at Tanzkongress (Germany, 2013)

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Capoeira Angola training on the beach (2023)

Selected Courses taught in Higher Education

[*Hybrid modules combine practice and theory formats]

  • Modern (levels I and II, dance studio)

  • Afro-Brazilian Dances (levels I and II, dance studio)

  • Creative Processes in Dance (dance studio)

  • Social Dance and Culture (Hybrid theory & practice)

  • Afro-Brazilian Contemporary Dance (dance studio)

  • Queer Dances (Hist. & theory)*

  • Latin American Dance History (Hist. & theory)*

  • Choreographies of Writing (Hist. & theory, graduate seminar)

  • Afro-Brazilian Aesthetic (Hist. & theory, graduate seminar)

  • Introduction to Dance Studies (Hist. & theory)

  • Dance, Gender, and Sexualities (Hist. & theory)

  • Dance, Race, and Property (Hist. & theory)*

  • Ways of Knowing  (Hist. & theory, graduate seminar)*

  • Theories of Corporealities (Hist. & theory, graduate seminar)*

  • Dance and Politics (Hist. & theory)

  • Performances of Heritage (Hist. & theory, graduate seminar)

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