About Dr. Nance
Kemal Nance, PhD “Kibon” a native of Chester, Pennsylvania is a performer, choreographer, and scholar of African Diasporic Dance. Attendees at the Colloquium of Black Arts in Bahia, Salvador knighted him “Kibon” – the name of a Brazilian ice cream to reflect the “delicious time“ they experienced in his movement class. Nance is a master teacher of the Umfundalai technique of African dance. His work with the National Association of American African Dance Teachers has resulted in teachers’ training programs for budding African dance artists to be certified in the technique.
Nance performed as a principal dancer with Kariamu & Company: Traditions (Philadelphia, PA) and as a recurring guest artist with Chuck Davis’ African American Dance Ensemble (AADE) in Durham, North Carolina. He currently directs the Nance Dance Collective (www.blackmendance.com), an all-male dance initiative that produces dance works about Black manhood. His choreographies have appeared on national and international stages including the Afro Dance Xplosion Showcase in London, United Kingdom and the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble’s seasons of dance in Kingston, Jamaica. His scholarly research has been published in several anthologies including Karen Bond’s Dance and the Quality of Life, Kariamu Welsh’s and Esailama Diouf’s Hot Feet and Social Change African Dance in Diasporic Communities, and the Doug Risner’s forthcoming Masculinity, Intersectionality and Identity: Why Boys (Don’t) Dance.
- BA, Sociology/Anthropology with the concentration of Black Studies, Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
- M. Ed in Dance, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
- PHD in Dance Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
Research and publications
Ongoing and upcoming research
- “Black Bodies Dancing Defiance: Deez Nuts!” in Masculinity, Intersectionality and Identity: Why Boys (Don’t) Dance edited by Doug Risner and Beccy Watson, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2021.
- “Ago! Ame! Baba Chuck Speaks! Charles ‘Chuck’ Davis with C. Kemal Nance” in Hot Feet and Social Change African Dance in Diasporic Communities edited by Kariamu Welsh, Esalaima G. A. Diouf, and Yvonne Daniel, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2019.
- “Men Walk in Parallel! Dancing in Chuck Davis’s ‘Paths’” in Hot Feet and Social Change African Dance in Diasporic Communities edited by Kariamu Welsh, Esalaima G. A. Diouf, and Yvonne Daniel, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2019.
- “Friction: Male Identity and Representation Umfundalai,” in Dance and the Quality of Life edited by Karen Bond and Sally Gardner, Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2019.
- “Umfundalai Men Dance Masculinities” in Repertorio Teatro e Danca. Matrices Esteticas Negro-Africanas/Brasilerias e Educaao; Ano18 N 24 – Junho de 2015
Teaching and advising
- BA Senior Thesis Project
- BA Senior Thesis Research
- BFA Senior Thesis Project
- Black Men and Masculinities
- Dance History: Contexting Dancing ‘I’
- Dance History Seminar
- Dances of West Africa
- Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique
- Introduction to Contemporary Dance