<br /><strong>Artistic Director</strong>S. Ama Wray, PhD, was recognized by the Comparative & International Education Society, receiving their African Diaspora Emerging Scholars Award in 2018. An Associate Professor of Dance at UC Irvine, she gave the 2019 closing plenary for Dance/USA’s conference in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her PhD in dance studies at the University of Surrey, developing – Embodiology® her Africana-informed improvisation praxis. Embodiology® has been introduced at the following institutions: Temple University, Martha Graham School, UC Berkeley, Atlantic Center for the Arts, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Ghana, Legon, University of Texas, Austin, World Dance Alliance Conference, NDEO Conference, Dance Studies Association, Middlesex University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Princeton University, Urban Movement Arts, Serendipity-UK, Jazz Antiqua, and the California Dance Educators Association. She is the custodian of Jane Dudley’s emblematic solo, Harmonica Breakdown (1938). Awarded a National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts Fellowship in the UK, she co-produced the award winning Te x t e r r i t o r y, a cellphone-based interactive storytelling performance. As founder of JazzXchange her collaborators have included music: Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Gary Crosby, MBE, Zoe Rahman and Julian Joseph, OBE, Gary Crosby, MBE and Derek Bermel. Her work continues to be performed and commissioned on three continents.