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.