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'Welcome!' to our First Artist in Residence

Choreographer and founder of JOYEMOVEMENT dance company, Alexandra Joye Warren, will serve as the downtown parks’ inaugural Artist in Residence.

Between January and September 2021, Alex and her company will spend focused time to creatively explore the natural and cultural resources of LeBauer and Center City Parks as they develop their newest work, “A Wicked Silence”, a dance exploration of the history, narratives, and consequences of the Eugenics Movement in North Carolina. Alex's residency will serve as a pilot for the official launch of a permanent Artist in Residence program at Greensboro Downtown Parks, as our organization collaborates with Alex to develop a valuable residency experience for future artists at the parks.

About the Artist: Alexandra Joye Warren is the Founding Artistic Director of JOYEMOVEMENT. Launched in 2014, JOYEMOVEMENT is a contemporary dance company that has performed regionally and toured nationally at many colleges, universities, festivals and conferences, including Opening Night of American Dance Festival in 2017 and at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in collaboration with activist Bree Newsome.

A native of the Washington, D.C. Metro area, Alexandra received her BA from Spelman College and MFA from UNC Greensboro. She performed, choreographed and taught in New York, finding a company home with Christal Brown's INSPIRIT. Alexandra has been fortunate to study at Germaine Acogny’s Jant-Bi at L'Ecole Des Sables in Senegal, performed with Bill T. Jones in development of FELA! the Musical, Paloma and Patricia McGregor’s Angela’s Pulse, Maxine Montilus, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Van Dyke Dance Group, and Amy Love Beasley.

Alexandra has presented her choreography as scholarly research at the Collegium of African Diaspora Dance Conference at Duke University in 2020 and at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in San Francisco, CA in 2021. She is a recipient of the 2019 Arts Greensboro, Regional Arts Grant. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Elon University.

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