[T]here are more black dancers who do experimental work than thirty years ago. Now, because the postmodern is more pluralistic, they are much freer to focus on their black identities, including in relation to gender and sexuality; and they are freer to infuse popular culture forms like hip-hop and voguing. In the age of Obama, then, this means that, yes, they can be either/or.CARL PARIS - Adjunct Professor, John Jay College and Drexel University
Visiting Scholar 2008-2010
Hosted by Women's Studies / School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Carl Paris is a dancer-choreographer, Adjunct Assistant Professor at John Jay College, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Drexel University. His academic work focuses on contributing to an interdisciplinary approach to dance studies, cultural studies, and issues around black dance and performance.
Circle of Dance Repertory Company
Danced by Kelly Collins, Theresa Diaz-DiLallo, Jennifer Gerspach
Carl Paris is a dancer-choreographer, Adjunct Assistant Professor at John Jay College, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Drexel University. His academic work focuses on contributing to an interdisciplinary approach to dance studies, cultural studies, and issues around black dance and performance. He teaches courses in Africana Studies, Race and Ethnicity, and Dance History and Theory.
Paris holds a Master’s in Dance Education from New York University, where he later served on the faculty in the Dance Education Program as an academic advisor and a dance instructor. He holds a PhD in Dance Theory and Cultural Studies from Temple University. He has held visiting appointments at: the California Institute of the Arts, Marymount College Manahattan, the Fiorella La Guardia High School of the Performing Arts, the Alvin Ailey Repertory Company, and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.
Dance performances include major roles with Olatunji African Dance, Eleo Pomare, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey (for which he choreographs works). His service as a dance teacher and choreographer in Spain--maintaining a dance company for several years based in Madrid--and throughout Europe earned him the Dance Association of Madrid Award in 1995, in recognition for his contribution to dance in Spain.
As an MLK Scholar at MIT, Paris participated in dance performances and taught courses in Dance History and Composition. Both the Department of Women's Studies and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences served as his hosts.