Charmian Wells is a cultural historian, working between dance studies, performance studies, black cultural studies, and queer theory. She is currently pursuing her scholarly interests as a doctoral candidate at Temple University in Dance Studies. Charmian’s research is focused on the concept of choreographing belonging in the African diaspora, in particular within concert dance of the Black Arts Movement in New York City (1965-75). This interest stems from her performance background as a dancer with Forces of Nature Dance Theatre since 2005. She has worked as an editorial assistant on Dance Research Journal and taught in the dance departments of Lehman College, Marymount Manhattan College and Temple University. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance and M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.