Jaimé Yawa Dzandu
Jaimé Yawa Dzandu is a movement artist, choreographer, and educator with roots from Hampton, Virginia, and Wusuta Dzigbe, Ghana, West Africa. She has been committed to holding space for youth and facilitating a learning environment of self-discovery, restoration, and liberation through dance for over a decade. She facilitates year-round programs for the Mark Morris Dance Center, Lower Eastside Girls Club, and Family Arts Movement. As a choreographer, she creates participatory, art-based experiences rooted in an African Diasporic, experimental sacred movement practice. She has presented her choreographic works at 92nd Street Y, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), National Black Theatre, and Movement Research. She is a proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Angela’s Pulse Dancing While Black Fellowship. Additionally, she is a member of the Urban Bush Women as a BOLD Facilitator. She collaborates with artists who explore performance at the center and edges of dance, theatre, and ritual. She holds a B.F.A. in dance and choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University.