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C. Kemal Nance



C. 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 and has recently been named “Oluko,” the highest honor given to the technique’s dance masters. His work with the National Association of American African Dance Teachers (NAAADT) has resulted in teachers’ training programs for budding African dance artists to be certified in Umfundalai. 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 Doug Risner’s forthcoming Masculinity, Intersectionality and Identity: Why Boys (Don’t) Dance. Nance holds a BA in Sociology/Anthropology with the concentration in Black Studies from Swarthmore College and M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in Dance from Temple University.