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Rowan Salem, MFA, is a dance artist and educator originally from Massachusetts, currently based in Cincinnati. Rowan earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance as a Teaching Fellow/Gretchen Moran Scholar at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her work incorporates compositional improvisation, exploring perspective shifts through choreography and performance, and the embodied experience as an LGBTQ person. Her teaching is influenced by Humphrey/Limón technique, contact improvisation, and contemporary forms. She has performed in the work of Jennifer Nugent, Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Tara Rynders, Kate Speer, Barbie Diewald and is currently in collaboration with Teresa VanDenend Sorge. Her work was commissioned by Mutual Dance Theater in 2021. Her work has been presented at Green Street Studios in Boston, MA, The Dance Complex in Boston, MA, Third Life Studios in Cambridge, MA, Lesley University, The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, MA, Smith College, Amherst College. Rowan’s work also was presented by Control Group Productions in Denver, CO and she was a Create Award Resident at Art Gym. She is a recipient of ArtsWave’s 2023 Black and Brown artists grant for her work, Histories Embodied: Middle Eastern Stories. Current teaching affiliations include Xavier University, Northern Kentucky University, and Cincinnati Ballet Academy (the official school of the Cincinnati Ballet).
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