Kendra J. Ross
Space Grant (2018/2019)
Kendra J. Ross is a proud Detroit native working as a dancer, teaching artist, choreographer, arts administrator, 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, Monstah Black, MBDance, Moving Spirits Dance Company, Oyu Oro and Ase Dance Theater Collective. She also danced in a European tour with DJ Kid Koala in Vinyl Vaudeville 2.0. and as a featured dancer during the MTV Iggy Awards with Gyptian. Kendra is currently a company member of Movement of the People Dance Company.
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, Museu de Arte in Salvador, Brazil, Actors Fund Theater, and Dixon Place. Kendra was a 2017 Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Studios for Dance, a 2018 BAX Space Grantee, and a 2018 Visiting Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts, 2019/2020 Artist in Residence a Bates College. In 2020/2021 she was a Resident Artists of The Neighborhood Project through 651 Arts and a Brooklyn Arts Council “5 Blacks Artists to Know.” She is currently the 2022 BedStuy Create Change Artist in Residence with The Laundromat Project for her project the Sankofa Residency.
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.