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Alicia Díaz
Associate Professor of Dance

Alicia Díaz, originally from Puerto Rico, is co-founder of Agua Dulce Dance Theater, with movement artist Matthew Thornton. Her choreography has been presented in the United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Argentina, Spain, and Mexico. She toured nationally and internationally with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Donald Byrd/The Group, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Andanza Compañía Puertorriqueña de Danza Contmeporánea, Alice Farley Dance Theater, and Contemporary Motions, as well as numerous independent choreographers. In 1997, Díaz co-founded en la brega dance company with Puerto Rican dancer and choreographer Ñequi González, and she co-directed Rubí Theater Company—an artistic collective dedicated to creating works pertinent to Latino experiences in the U.S.—from 2000-2004.

Film and video dance projects include Sand (independent film by Steven Dean, 1996), Yucuninu (a site-specific film by Alison Dobbins, 2009), Yucuninu: The Development of a Dance (documentary by Alison Dobbins, 2009), Grain of Sand: A Dance for the Camera Project (in-progress with Alison Dobbins), and The Seed and the Gardener (video dance by Kim Su Theiler, 2009). 

Alicia is Assistant Professor of Dance at The University of Richmond. Prior to coming to UR, she was Assistant Professor of Dance at Hope College, Assistant Professor/Artist-in-Residence at Kent State University, and been a guest artist-teacher at The American College Dance Festival, Rutgers University, University of Michigan, New York University, Henry Street Settlement, and Festival Internacional Danz’aquí in Puerto Rico

Selected Publications

Latino Dance Forms in The United States. The Encyclopedia of Latinos in the United States.  Oxford University Press (2005) 

Featured in: Authentic Movement: Find Yourself in the Steps, by Shayna Samuels, Dance Magazine (July 2004).

Bomba, Capoeira, B-boying: Embodies forms of resistance in the African Diaspora,  Washington Square News, (March 2, 2004).

M.A., New York University
Dance and Choreography
B.A., New School for Social Research
Art, Culture and Society
Contact Information
205 Booker Hall
(804) 287-6350
(804) 287-1841 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Contemporary Dance Technique
Co-director, Agua Dulce Dance Theater