About Alexandra Barbier
Alexandra Barbier is a performance maker and educator originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her performance works and research weave practices from dance, performance art, installation, Blackness, queerness and Southern-ness and have been presented in theatres, festivals, parks, gardens, libraries, and DIY spaces throughout the U.S. Currently an Assistant Professor in the Dance Department at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she has worked as an educator in K-12 schools, universities, pre-professional and professional dance training programs, community institutions, and dance studios in the U.S. and France. In 2022 Alexandra was selected as NCCAkron’s Community Commissioning Residency Artist for her research on how Black and queer vernacular dance forms operate inside of academia, and she went on to present this scholarship at the 32nd International Association of Blacks in Dance conference. She holds a B.A. in French with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Louisiana State University and a M.F.A. in Modern Dance from the University of Utah.