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M.F.A. STUDENTS

Antonix. , They/Elle
antonio.hernandez@email.ucr.edu
Double B.A. in Theatre and Dance, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
Decidí con mami nacer en Borikén, since then (I)ve <lived>played>studied>worked>died<relived> in this powerful island held by Atabey. Transdisciplinary artist, in dialogue around political action, feminism, the gender binary and race discrimination within the puertorrican context (I) inhabit. Artist in residence, “Melaza: decolonizing stories” (2018-2022) collaborating with Boston based company, Danza Orgánica directed by Mar Parrilla. Most of my practice navigates around public spaces, every[body] is invited to actively interact. Exploring within endurance, durational and site specific methods of working to create systems of chance that allow a collaborative meta-communication about/with surrounding ecosystems.

Al Ellison, She/Her/Hers
aelli037@ucr.edu
B.A. American Studies and Dance, Tufts University
Al is an artist from Fall River, Massachusetts. Believing there is art and sacredness in the every day, Al creates through observation of people. Through collection of gestures, she is focusing her choreography on the embodied archive. Al believes the best “dance” comes from the “non-dancer.” She graduated with a B.A. from Tufts University in 2019 where she studied American Studies and Dance. There, she worked closely with mentors such as Daniel McCusker, Renata Celichowska, Jaclyn Waguespack, and professors Elana Jefferson-Tatum, Lily Mengesha, and Kris Manjapra. Most recently she collaborated on a video project with the Umbrella Arts in Concord for her piece, “The Trap.” Al is entering Riverside as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship.

Megan Danielle Kendzior, She/Her
mkend008@ucr.edu
B.F.A. in Dance, University of Florida
Megan Danielle Kendzior is a dance maker and arts advocate, originally hailing from Sarasota, Florida. Her practice and research are centered on the convergence of choreographic, improvisational, and community organizing structures. Her work has been presented/commissioned by venues in New York, California, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Virginia, Montana, Washington DC, Mexico, Guatemala, and Israel. Her five year project Witness was celebrated through the National College Dance Festival’s Outstanding Student Choreographer Award at the Kennedy Center, publication in University of Florida’s Journal of Undergraduate Research, and an evening-length presentation at Danspace Project (NY). 

Priscilla Marrero, She/Her/Hers
pmarr003@ucr.edu
B.A. in Performance and Choreography, Florida International University
Priscilla Marrero is a performer, choreographer, teaching artist, and writer. She is a passionate storyteller and loves to discover new ways to collaborate with interdisciplinary artists.  She is currently developing her short film-”Un Día (One Day)” to be filmed in Cuba.  Priscilla is an M.F.A. student in Experimental Choreography at the University of California Riverside where she has received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship and a Gluck Classroom Fellowship.  She lives in NYC and often travels to Miami Beach for some cafecitos, the ocean, and familia time. Visit www.priscillamarrero.com for more information.

Justin Morris , They/Them, He/Him
jmorr056@ucr.edu
B.F.A. in Dance, CSU Long Beach
Justin Morris began his dance training at Riverside City College in multiple genres including modern, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. Justin has performed in numerous choreographic works presented in the Inland Empire, the greater Los Angeles area, and nationally. These works include Collaborations with Jay Carlon, Sue Roginski and Kirsten Johansen. They have performed in works created by Kevin Williamson, Alexx Shilling, Colleen Thomas, visual artist David Lamelas, Rebecca Bryant, Rosa Rodriguez-Fraiser, and Summation Dance Company. Justin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from CSU Long Beach’s Department of Dance and was a faculty member at Renaissance High for the Arts in Long Beach.

Giovanna Sosa Santos, She/Her/Hers
gsosa008@ucr.edu
Bachillerato en Artes Escénicas con especialidad en Danza. Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico
Giovanna Sosa Santos is an experimental dance artist who focuses her dance making in rhythmical, improvisational and traditional dances from Puerto Rico, specifically Bomba Puertorriqueña. Currently developing several interdisciplinary projects, the artist questions are invested in the process of knowledge production by afro-Caribbean ontologies of the body. Her actual research is motivated by the sound perceptions that the body can grasp from the musical instruments, songs, corporeal relationships, and the eventual reminiscences left in the space where the bodies performed. Her aim is to create cultural appreciation and navigate possibilities in the meaning making of culture and its practice.

Keisha Turner, She/Her
keisha.turner@email.ucr.edu
B.F.A. Dance, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Performer, choreographer, educator, and root woman, Keisha Turner, has Chicago roots, was refined in Brooklyn, and is based in Oakland, CA.  Her artistic practice activates ancient Afro-diasporic cultural wisdom and reimagines them in a contemporary context to conjure radical liberation for Black people, womxn, and the planet.  Turner is a former company member with Urban Bush Women, Embodiment Project, Deep Waters Dance Theater and many others.  Her current research centers on ideating a Reparations strategy for the labor of Black cultural production. She is a proud Gluck Fellow and awardee of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship.

Ji-yoon Um, She/Her
jiyoon.um@email.ucr.edu
B.F.A. Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design
Art Praxis ’84′, LungA School
Ji-yoon is a multidisciplinary artist navigating life by observing and dancing through the ordinary magic of every day. Her practice involves engaging in non-verbal conversations with found objects, materials, spaces, and touch in her surroundings. She is curious to further explore spatial and bodily experiences by creating conditions that allow playful encounters to unfold. Ji-yoon is a first year Experimental Choreography M.F.A. student and is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship and Gluck Classroom Fellowship.