Jane Alexandre, PhD
is an independent scholar/artist who has been working in the NY dance world for more than 30 years as a performer, writer, teacher, choreographer, director, producer and administrator. She is the author of Dance Leadership: Theory into Practice (Palgrave Macmillan 2017); a Director at Evolve Dance Inc.; and has been involved in creating numerous dance projects of every description. She holds a BSc from Queen’s University (Canada), an MA from Antioch University (US), an MS from Pace University (US), and a PhD from Antioch University.
Julie B. Johnson, PhD
A dance artist and educator working in the intersections of creative practice, community interaction, African Diaspora movement aesthetics, and social justice. She is driven by the ways that dance can serve as a practice of inquiry, empathy, and empowerment. Julie is on faculty at Spelman College in the Department of Dance Performance & Choreography and the African Diaspora & the World Program. She curates Spelman's lecture series, Inside the Dancers' Studio, and is Founding Artistic Director of Moving Our Stories, LLC, exploring embodied memory and collective storytelling. She is a co-director of The Georgia Incarceration Project, a devised archives-to-performance collaboration between Spelman College, The University of Georgia, and incarcerated populations, bringing the history of incarceration and convict labor in Georgia to life through embodied archival research and performance. Julie is a 2018-19 Hughley Artist Fellow, and was the recipient of an Alternate ROOTS Artistic Assistance grant award in 2018. Julie earned a PhD in Dance at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, researching meanings and experiences of ‘community’ in a West African Dance class in Philadelphia.
A London-based dance artist working as a performer, facilitator, project manager and choreographer. Her current work is in inclusive dance practice and community work with a focus on disability. Erica is co-founder and Artistic Director of Parable Dance and is on the Board of Directors of Evolve Dance Inc. Erica is currently the Creative Learning Coordinator for Magpie Dance, as well as a freelance facilitator and teacher in community dance. She is the recipient of the Jack Petchy Leader Award (2017) and YEAUK Best Teacher (2018). She holds a BA in dance and anthropology from Connecticut College and an MA in dance anthropology from the University of Roehampton (UK).
Annie Tucker, PhD
An interdisciplinary researcher, writer, and educator working at the various intersections of culture, personal experience, and the arts. Her interests include disability representation and response, the therapeutic application of the arts, and contemporary Indonesian cultural production. Her work has been recognized by support from the PEN America Center and the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, among others. She recently received her PhD in Culture and Performance Studies from the Department of World Arts and Cultures| Dance at UCLA, where she also lectures for the Disability Studies Minor.