Doctoral candidate nominated for national choreographer award
Texas Woman’s University doctoral candidate Lela Aisha Jones was named as one of four nominees for this year’s prestigious Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award. The winner will be announced at the 33rd Annual NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards cocktail party and press conference Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in New York City.
Produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, the NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards recognize outstanding creative achievements in the areas of choreography, performance, music composition and visual design. Nominees are selected from a national pool of independent artists by a special committee comprised of dance artists, presenters, producers and writers.
Jones is a movement performance artist and dance educator specializing in traditional and contemporary diasporic dances of African/Black heritage or descent, cultural exchange, personal history, social commentary and activism. Born in Tallahassee, Florida, Jones received her master of fine arts degree in dance from Florida State University and currently is pursuing her doctoral degree at the TWU Department of Dance. Previously, she has received a Leeway Transformation Award (2015) and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (2016). Jones now resides in Philadelphia, where she serves as the founder and director of Flyground, a creative venue for her independent artistic works as well as her community projects, Dancing for Justice Philadelphia and The Requisite Movers.