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Cynthia Hijar-

Program Director

Ballet After Dark- Mexico

Cynthia Hijar (Mexico City 1988) is a Mexican Artivist and Pedagogue. As a grad student at the Masters in Pedagogy at the School of Philosophy and Literature, in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), she's currently working on a thesis about the contribution of somatic education in women's rehab. As a dancer she has professional studies in Contemporary Dance at the Choreographic Research Center of the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (INBA), and has been a student of dance and somatic education in different workshops and training programs with teachers such as Marina Acevedo, Kathryn Alter and the Danza Contemporanea de Cuba company. She co-created the feminist comedy collective StandUperras, which combines cabaret and stand-up comedy with a feminist perspective, and also the webcomic Nacho Progre. Has been a speaker on TEDx #MéxicoCityWomen and as a writer has published opinion articles in feminist Latin American media.

 

 

 

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Cynthia Hijar (Ciudad de México, 1988) es una artivista y pedagoga mexicana. Actualmente es estudiante de la Maestría en Pedagogía de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), donde investiga los aportes de la educación somática y la danza con grupos de mujeres adultas en rehabilitación. Tiene estudios profesionales en danza contemporánea en el Centro de Investigación Coreográfica del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura y ha sido alumna de diferentes talleres y programas de formación en danza y educación somática con profesores como Marina Acevedo, Kathryn Alter y la Compañía de Danza Contemporánea de Cuba. Co-creó el colectivo de comedia feminista StandUperras, que presenta espectáculos de cabaret y stand-up con perspectiva de género y el cómic Nacho Progre. Ha sido conferencista en #TEDxMéxicoCityWomen y como escritora ha publicado artículos de opinión en medios feministas latinoamericanos como CIMAC Noticias, Antes de Eva y Volcánica.

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Morgan Faithe Harrell

Ballet After Dark Virtual Facilitator

Morgan Faithe Harrell is a graduate from Kennesaw State University with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance along with a concentration in Modern. Harrell started dance at 11 years old winning regional/national dance competitions and convention scholarships. Celebrities such as Jennifer Hudson has recognized her talents in high school. While receiving her Bachelor of Arts, Harrell has been in productions with Tyler Perry, Zaytoven, BET, BET HER, Netflix, T.I. and more. Her gifts continue to grow to choreograph for artists, working in film productions, and teaching virtually across the country. Along with receiving awards and accolades for significance in the community, her most proud accomplishment is her first film S.A.B.L.E. (Stories About Blacks Leading Equality), a powerful short film about black women injustice in America on YouTube.

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Simone Gadlin

Ballet After Dark Virtual Facilitator

Southern California native, Simone Gadlin is a choreographer, dancer, instructor, performance artist, and youth mentor with over 15 years of formal dance experience and 7 years teaching for schools and studios across the United States. Simone teaches ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip-hop. Within each class she focuses on promoting creative expression as a form of healing and using the art of dance to grow as a person. She believes that combining one's intention into their movement while having fun is the secret formula to a more peaceful and harmonious life. Simone is a member of PHILADANCO’s second company and prides herself on maintaining the balance between her professional dancing career and teaching her students.

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Danah Bella

Master Class/Ballet After Dark Virtual Facilitator

Danah Bella, is the artistic director of d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks, a modern dance company focused on reclaiming evocative movement as social practice. Danah is an award-winning choreographer who has performed & presented her work throughout the country including the Red Rock Dance Festival in Utah, Cool New York Festival in New York, the United States Asian American Festival in San Francisco, the Bates Dance Festival in Maine, the American College Dance Association’s National Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center, Santa Barbara, ReVIEWING Black Mountain College, as well as in Mexico and Italy. She has taught workshops and has been artist in residence in festivals and universities throughout the United States and abroad; including, Pro Danza Italia, Bates Dance Festival, Monterey Dance Fest, the American College Dance Association's Regional and National conference, Western Michigan University, University of Virginia, Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, Santa Barbara City College and Goose Route Dance Festival.  Danah is also a founding member of Colectivo Caliban, an artist collective that transgresses disciplinary borders through sound and movement.  She has worked in higher education since 2002 teaching modern dance technique, dance theory, and history. Danah is currently the Director of the BFA Dance program at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

 

She was awarded an MFA in performance from the Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from the University of California in Santa Barbara.

Shanti Flagg

Volunteer Coordinator/Contributor

Shanti (she/her) is an Indian lesbian artist and musician. She grew up in Portland, Maine. She studied Studio Art at NYU and received her BFA in 2014. She currently lives in Baltimore as an artist and organizer. From 2014-2020, she served as a Collective Member and the Studio Director at FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Her main role at FORCE was been teaching hundreds of volunteers to sew to create the Monument Quilt, a collection of stories by survivors of rape and abuse that were installed publicly to demand community healing space. Today, she. manages the archiving of the Monument Quilt, reaching out to museums and organizations around the world to introduce them to the project and allow them to collect quilt pieces. As an artist, she works primarily in drawing, painting, photography, and performance. Her art deals with the physical realities of women and visions of alternative histories and futures for colonized people. At Ballet After Dark in her role as Artist in Residence, Shanti creates unique artwork for survivor programming and works to expand our world's understanding of the role of art in healing from trauma.

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Rebecca Lee

Guest Choreographer/ Contributor

Rebecca Lee’s choreographic and performance practice derives from a place of abstraction, activism, and adaptability. Her craft remains in a state of informed consciousness. Rebecca aims to push the boundaries of bodies and minds. Rebecca’s
goals as an artist is to envelop her personal identity in a way that addresses the needs of the community through movement.
Rebecca’s work honors the rigor and athleticism of dance. Her vigorous training in modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and ballroom has given her an appreciation for the effort that is required of the body in all genres of dance. This mindset not only pushes the level of choreographic capabilities, but of her abilities as a performer and working dancer. Rebecca strives to use her art to assist revolutionary movements through activism. Her creative conversation is one that focuses on the details of humanity and
how the art of dance can be used to better serve the community. She wants to get people thinking, questioning, and moving towards a change in societal standards.
Rebecca’s engagement through community and art is a lifelong pursuit in which she
aspires to create authentic, meaningful conversation with moving bodies in moving
spaces.