nia love stands in front of the sea holding a rusted anchor.

nia love 

Artist Advisor (2016 – Present)
Artist in Residence (2011 – 2014)


nia love (she/her) is a choreographer, dancer, installation artist, activist, mother, grandmother, warrior and educator, continues to expand and destabilize conversations on intersectionality, transnationalism, Blackness and tools of embodied memory.

At the very early part of her career, love was invited to apprentice with the world renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Havana, Cuba (’78). love worked in Japan with Min Tanka, one of the most celebrated Butoh masters on his Poe Project, written and conceived by Susan Sontag. In 2001, Nia was awarded the Fullbright Fellowship (2001-2003) as a lecturer/researcher in Ghana, Mali and Togo. Her own work has been presented at Black Choreographers Moving Towards the 21st Century, Bates Dance Festival, Alvin Ailey under the NDCL as the 2013 choreographer awardee, Harlem Stage, Tanzanian- Time 2 Dance Festival in conjunction with the Suitcase Fund and many others.

love teaches, performs and guest lectures at some of the most distinguished art and educational institutions and festivals throughout the USA and abroad including:

American Dance Festival
Fordham/Ailey BFA
Queens College
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
The New School
UCLA World Arts and Cultures
Texas Woman’s University
Hunter College
NYU Tish School of The Arts
Visa2Dance- Dar Es Salaam- Tanzanian Dance Festival
Williams College
Smith College
Sarah Lawrence College
Florida A&M
Florida State University
Columbia University
Barnard College
University of Ghana at Legon

love continues to perform, create work, teach and research nationally and internationally. Her newly investigated and performed project entitled S(oil) was made possible, in part, by the Africa and Middle East Cultural Partnerships Program of the Suitcase Fund, an initiative of New York Live Arts and most recently a CUNY Dance Initiative Grant (CDI-’14). She was awarded the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence (2016-2017) and is presently Asst. professor at Hunter College, Queens College of New York and The New School.

love continues to explore the power of feminism, the BLM movement, critical construction through racial theory, gesture and semiotics as a way to expand her own personhood and cultural acuity.

BFA: Howard University; MFA: Florida State University, with honors and distinctions for her academic and artistic excellence.