The Scoop

I am a dance artist, writer, and general menace. With a practice rooted in but not limited to contemporary dance, I seek to playfully and subversively apply my technical training and academic education to spaces and purposes they were never meant to serve.

Since graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in Dance and Psychology, I have performed with Gotham Dance Theater, Trainor Dance, Artists by Any Other Name, SHIFT Dance Collective, eSKay Arts Collective, Joe Monteleone, the Cunningham Trust, and the singer Roxiny, and presented work through Dixon Place’s Crossing Boundaries Series, Dancers Unlimited, Sacred Circle Theater, Queens College Arts Festival, Queensborough Dance Festival, YallaPunk, and ModArts Move to Change Festival. When not in motion, I often wrangle words into statements of meaning, and have published work in The Dance Enthusiast, The Huffington Post, Sukoon Magazine, and Reductress. 

My movement background includes classical ballet, modern, improvisation, commercial, and street styles. I trained with Cary Ballet Conservatory, the Conservatory for Contemporary Dance Arts, and the Barnard College Dance Department, as well as summer studies with San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, LINES Ballet, FACT/SF, Joffrey Ballet School, and the University of Southern Florida's Dance in Paris program. As a student I had the opportunity to perform original work by choreographers including Kevin Wynn, David Thomson, Pam Tanowitz, Caitlin Trainor, Diane Coburn­-Bruning, and Sidra Bell, as well repertory by Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, José Limón, and Ohad Naharin.

My improvisation skills and adaptability to non-conventional spaces have allowed me to perform in venues ranging from rooftop concerts to art galleries to nightclubs. I have performed as a soloist in popup showcases organized by Artery, and in collaboration with the musical artists Alethea and NAXO, and in structured installations by Qinza Najam and Reza Farkondeh. 

My creative practice also stretches to include spoken word poetry, drag, physical comedy, satire, podcasting, music mixing, and film, all of which overlap with my dance work as needed. As a member of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee, I have also co-hosted discussions on racial and economic justice in the dance field at the Dance/NYC Symposium and the Arts Administrators of Color Network Convening (upcoming).

 

I am not above entertaining audiences nor opposed to making them uncomfortable.

​©2016 by Nadia Khayrallah all rights reserved.​ 

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