C. Kemal Nance

Assistant Professor

Dr. C. Kemal NanceC. Kemal Nance, PhD (Kibon), a native of Chester, Pennsylvania, is a master teacher of the Umfundalai technique of contemporary African dance. At the 2014 Consortium of Black Arts in Salvador, Bahian attendees nicknamed Nance after a Brazilian brand of ice cream, Kibon, to reflect the "delicious time" they had dancing in his workshop. Dr. Nance leads the National Association of American African Dance Teachers, a consortium of African dance artists and scholars who develop pedagogy development experiences for budding African dance teachers for which he coedited Iwé Illanan: The Umfundalai Teacher's Handbook with Umfundalai progenitor and mentor Kariamu Welsh, DArts. Dr. Nance sits on the executive board of the Collegium of African Diaspora Dance and has authored a chapter in Karen Bond's Dance and Quality of Life. Currently, Dr. Nance directs a Black male dance initiative that produces choreographies that centralize Black manhood called the Nance Dance Collective (NDC). The work Dr. Nance has mounted on the NDC can be seen at the Little Theatre in Kingston, Jamaica; the Afro Dance Explosion Performance Showcase in London; and in the forthcoming film Deez Nuts: Black Bodies Dancing Defiance. His recent work on U of I students, I Wonder . . . , not only was chosen to represent the university at the 2019 American College Dance Association's Central Region's Conference at Missouri State University but also was chosen to close the conference's gala concert. Dr. Nance is a proud member of the University of Illinois Black Chorus under the direction of Dr. Ollie Watts Davis and of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He holds a BA in sociology/anthropology with a concentration in black studies from Swarthmore College, where he served on the dance faculty for 20 years, and holds an MEd and a PhD in dance from Temple University, where he was awarded the Katherine Dunham Award for Creative Dance Research.

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