#BBHMM: Understanding the Artist’s Body as Business

Friday, June 9 | 3:30pm – 5pm

Sydnie L. Mosley (Facilitator)

Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her all-women company SLMDances. Through her choreographic work, the company works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice. Her evening length dances The Window Sex Project and BodyBusiness address sexual harassment in public spaces and the economics of NYC dance, respectively. The creative processes and performance experiences of these works are a model for dance-activism.

In February 2017, Sydnie was recognized by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray for using her talents in dance to fuel social change. Other recognitions include: The Field Leadership Fund (2015-2017), CUNY Dance Initiative (AIR 2016-2017), Dancing While Black Artist Fellowship (2015-2016), and The Performance Project @ University Settlement (AIR 2015-2016), Create Change Fellowship with The Laundromat Project (2013), the Gibney Dance Institute for Community Action Training (2013), and the inaugural Barnard Center for Research on Women Alumnae Fellow (2011). She earned her MFA in Dance Choreography from the University of Iowa, and earned her BA in Dance and Africana Studies from Barnard College at Columbia University.

Sydnie’s recent performance projects include: the skeleton architecture, the future of our worlds curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa, and Gainin’ On Ya, a collaboration with Aisha Cousins. Sydnie danced with Christal Brown's INSPIRIT (2010-2013) and continues to appear as a guest artist for Brooklyn Ballet. She is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Barnard College Dance Department, and in 2012 designed the College's Dance in the City Pre-College Program which she continues to teach.

An advocate for the field, Sydnie sits on the Advisory Committee to Dance/NYC. She has contributed writing to Dance Magazine and The Dance Enthusiast.

A. Nia Austin-Edwards (Facilitator)

A. Nia Austin-Edwards (ANAE) is the Founder of PURPOSE Productions – an institution that supports artists and organizers in the manifestation of PURPOSE-full work that seeks to unify and develop our world community. She has built her life around that vision of support through writing, performing, creating, marketing, listening, caring, and more. As THE KwanzaaKid – a child named after, born during, and annually celebrating Kwanzaa – the Nguzo Saba (seven principles) are the foundation of all that she does.

Nia’s performing career began in her mother’s womb, developed in Atlanta, GA, at Total Dance / Dancical Productions, Inc., and was further formalized through Tri-Cities Visual and Performing Arts Magnet High School and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked with a variety of phenomenal dance artists such as Gus Solomons, Jr., Deborah Jowitt, Ronald K. Brown, Sean Curran, Adia Tamar Whitaker, Camille A. Brown, Stefanie Batten Bland, Jesse Phillips-Fein, Paloma McGregor, and Marjani Forte. She has also presented choreography through Movement Research at South Oxford Space, at Triskelion Arts, and in her own self-produced evening at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange. From 2014-15, Nia worked as a Dance/USA John R. Munger Research Fellow investigating the structural failures of the nonprofit model for dance artists. She has also been an editor and contributor for The Dance Enthusiast.

Since her transition from Marketing & Communications Director at BAX in 2013, PURPOSE Productions has had the honor of supporting dance artists such as Adia Tamar Whitaker and Marjani Forte, theater artists such as Ella Turenne and Latonia Phipps, organizations such as 651 ARTS and STooPS, initiatives such as Dancing While Black and Camille A. Brown’s The Gathering, among others. PURPOSE also facilitates workshops in a variety of subjects.

Kendra Ross (Facilitator)

Kendra Ross is a proud Detroit native working as a dancer, teaching artist, choreographer, facilitator and community organizer in her current home, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. As a dancer in New York City, Kendra has worked with Urban Bush Women, Andrea E. Woods/ Souloworks, Vissi Dance Theater, Motion Sickness with Monstah Black, MBDance, Moving Spirits Dance Company, and as a guest artist with Oyu Oro. In 2013 she also danced in a European tour with DJ Kid Koala in Vinyl Vaudville 2.0. Kendra is currently a company member of Ase Dance Theater Collective. Kendra’s choreographic work has been presented at the Detroit Performing Arts High School, Joffrey Summer Intensive, Halftime Performances at Florida A&M University, the off Broadway show 7 Sins, and Greenwich Museu de Arte in Salvador, Brazil. Her community work began as a member of Urban Bush Women’s B.O.L.D Network co-teaching dance workshops and co-facilitating community engagement workshops. Along with sharing her art world-wide, Kendra serves as the Founder and Director of STooPS, an outdoors-based community building event that uses art as a catalyst to strengthen ties between different entities in Bed-Stuy. For more information visit www.kendrajross.com