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Tamara LaDonna Williams

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I strongly believe that if you can move, you can dance. My movement is influenced by the natural elements of the earth; air, water, earth, and fire all have their existence through our dance. I experience movement as a spiritual journey; it stems from a connection within, whether from our ancestors or a higher source. When I move or see movement a story is always being told. My movement is created from my roots and my connections in life. Much of my work is strongly influenced by the African Diaspora; however, life experiences, exposure to new cultures and the actions of society weigh both on my mind and movement aesthetic as well.

Over the past three years I have danced professionally nationally and internationally. I have performed with David P. France Dance Company, Errol Grimes Dance Group, Angela?s Pulse, Maverick Dance Experience, and UB2 (Urban Bush Women?s apprentice company). I performed at the April Meetings in Belgrade, Serbia, the Voltahalle in Basel, Switzerland, and at Espaco Xisto, Escola da Danca, and Bira Reis in Salvador, Brazil. In the past three years my choreography has been performed at several venues in NYC and the Student Kultural Center in Belgrade, Serbia, the Voltahalle in Basel, Switzerland, Dance Charlotte! as well as with Tocandomble and at Espaco Xisto in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
I will present a self produced dance event at Dance New Amsterdam in June 2012.

I trained intensely in Bahia, Brazil in Afro-Brazilian dance. I am a 2012 recipient of the Artist Residency Fellowship at the Dance & Performance Institute in Port of Spain, Trinidad in which I will be researching movement, music, & religion: African Diaspora communities in Trinidad, Brazil and the USA. I have taught master classes in NYC, Tallahassee and Charlotte. In addition to being the Founder/Artistic Director of Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits, Inc., I am currently a Site Director/Teaching Artist for the Arts and Literacy Program in Bushwick.

My creative process begins with an idea or critical issue that is personal and/or is apparent in society that requires attention. I begin my creative process with journaling and research about the underlying story or project at hand. I create movement phrases based on the words/sentences formed through journaling and research. The process becomes movement based, developing long movement sections based on intent, emotions, literature, and other inspirations. During this phase, music composition is introduced to inspire the creation process. From here, others are asked to join the creative process as dancers, music composers or as mentors for the creation of new work.

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