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Movement artist and writer Bhumi B Patel directs pateldanceworks and is a queer, desi, home-seeker (she/they). In its purest form, her performance work is a love letter to her ancestors. Patel seeks liberation through dancing, choreographing, curating, educating, and scholarship and attends to her desires to create nourishing community spaces through embodied practices of the body and voice, and movement education. While Patel has trained in Western forms, she seeks to create movement outside of white models of dance through use of improvisational practices and tapping into kinesthetic processing. She earned her MA in American Dance Studies from Florida State University and her MFA in Dance from Mills College. She is a member of Dancing Around Race, founded by Gerald Casel, and engages with curatorial practices for both performances and written publications. Patel’s work has been presented at CounterPulse, Joe Goode Annex, RoundAntennae, SAFEhouse Arts, max10, RAWdance's Concept Series, The San Francisco International Arts Festival, Berkeley Finnish Hall, PUSHfest, Shawl-Anderson’s Queering Dance Festival, and Deborah Slater’s Studio 210 Residency. Bhumi has been a Lead Artist with SAFEhouse Arts, an Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow and a Women of Color in the Arts Leadership through Mentorship Fellow. She has presented her research at the Dance Studies Association Annual conference and the Popular Culture Association Annual conference as well as having been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Life as a Modern Dancer, Contact Quarterly, and InDance.

[Image Description: Black and white headshot of Bhumi looking at the camera. They have short dark hair and are smiling.]

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