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Faculty - Charmian Wells

Faculty Charmian Wells Email:
Phone: 718.960.8016
Office Hours: By appointment
Rank: Adjunct Lecturer 
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.F.A., M.A.

Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, New York, New York

Charmian Wells holds a B.F.A. in Dance and M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Refractions Dance Collective. Charmian has been a principal dancer with Forces of Nature Dance Theater since 2005. A dedicated educator, she currently teaches in the dance programs at Lehman College and Temple University. Charmian is currently pursuing her scholarly interests as a doctoral candidate and Presidential Fellow at Temple University in Dance Studies. She is the recipient of 2015 Edrie Ferdun Scholarly Achievement Award.

Her research is focused on the concept of choreographing belonging in the African diaspora, particularly across lines of race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, etc. This interest stems from her performance background as a dancer with Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. Research interests include: black performance theory, queer theory, critical race theory, feminist theory, feminist ethnography, transnational theory and diaspora studies, sound studies, and affect theory. She works as an editorial assistant on Dance Research Journal, and she is currently the editorial assistant for a forthcoming publication on African diaspora dance edited by Thomas DeFrantz.