Jaimé Dzandu is a movement artist, choreographer, educator and youth engagement facilitator from Hampton, VA. She earned a B.F.A in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. As an educator she embraces movers of all levels and ages, facilitating an environment of creativity, imagination and liberation through movement. She is a resident teacher at Preschool Rock, a creative movement and craft making children’s program in Brooklyn NY. Jaimé also facilitates a pre-teen girls circle, at The Lower Eastside Girls Club. She has been a guest teaching artist at Cumbé: Center for African and Diaspora Dance (Brooklyn, NY), Mark Morris Dance Center (Brooklyn, NY), IS 313 School of Leadership Development (Bronx, NY), Studio G Dance & Gymnastics (New Orleans, LA), Ashe´Cultural Arts Center (New Orleans, LA), Dillard University (New Orleans, LA), School of Dance Arts (Mechanicsville, VA), Great Hartford Arts Academy (Hartford, CT) and Fryeburg Academy (Fryeburg, ME).
Jaimé creates participatory art- based experiences, rooted in an African diasporic aesthetic, that includes movement, text, voice, audio, video content and audience engagement. Her work is personal and historically rooted - by tapping into the “storyness” held within the body to create moving portraits that constantly examine and transform the self, all the while unpacking how it has been shaped by social and political systems. She was recently selected to be a fellow for Dancing While Black: Dancing On Fertile Ground in New Orleans, LA, where she presented co-choreographed work “ourwombtruth” with Brittany Williams. Her choreography has been presented at various venues such as Bushwick Starr (Brooklyn, NY), The National Black Theatre (Harlem, NY), The Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (New Orleans, LA), Cathedral Arts Live (Jersey City, NJ) and Mahalia Jackson Theatre of Performing Arts (New Orleans, NJ). Jaimé is an Urban Bush Women BOLD facilitator and has been working with the company since 2014. She was also one of the female choreographers selected to participate in Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Prototype Week. Along with creating her own work she performs and collaborates with Nathan Trice Rituals Dance Theatre and Roots in Revolution. Jaime´ currently resides in Brooklyn, NY deepening her holistic community practice of intersecting art-making, teaching and bodywork as a form of healing and activism. She bows in gratitude to her ancestors, family, teachers and friends that guide her along her journey.