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Alessandra Lebea Williams
Assistant Professor

As dancers and artistic thinkers, may our creativity be intimately linked to our bodily histories, community engagement, and interconnected futures.

Degrees & Accomplishments
PhD in Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles
MA in Culture and Performance, UCLA
Inclusive Excellence Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
BA in American Studies and Dance, UCLA
Eugene V. Cota Robles Fellowship, UCLA

Dancer-scholar-educator Alessandra Williams has academic interests in dance, performance, Asian and African American culture, transnational feminism, queer of color theory, race, and ethnic studies. From 2018-2019, Williams completed an Inclusive Excellence Fellowship at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and as Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow, earned UCLA's Culture and Performance PhD. Through Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Williams earned Macalester's BA in American Studies and Dance. Joining Ananya Dance Theatre in 2006, Williams has performed in Yorchhā technique in seven company productions and worked alongside artistic director Dr. Ananya Chatterjea and founding artist Dr. Hui Wilcox to submit their manuscript Meditation on Dream in 2018. Williams has also written about David Roussève/REALITY choreography in publications such as “Talking Black Dance Inside Out/Outside In” (2016).