Beatrice Ayi

Beatrice Tawiah Ayi is a dancer and teacher of traditional African dance forms. Having graduated in 1999 with a professional diploma in theater arts, majoring in dance, she worked for a couple of years as dance mistress with the resident theater company of the School of Performing Arts (Abibigromma Theatre Company), University of Ghana. In 2002, Ayi was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a master's degree in dance. The focus of her studies at The Ohio State University (OSU) was dance notation and documentation. Upon completion of the master’s program at OSU, she returned to Ghana to lecture at the department of dance studies (University of Ghana).
Ayi's extension services include serving as a resource person for dance workshops such as those organized by Ghana Education Service for its cultural officers, and summer programs for international student. She also serves as choreographer and/or resource person for a number of junior and senior high schools competing in district and regional cultural competitions. Ayi was an assistant choreographer of the dance piece staged at the opening and closing ceremonies of the African Cup of Nations, which took place in Ghana in 2008 (CAN2008). Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Dance at Texas Woman's University. Her research focuses on traditional African dance forms and pedagogy.