Black Nature Conversations

The Black Nature Conversation series began in 2020 to promote dialogue between black dance artists exploring their relationship with dance and nature. The series is currently on a break for the summer and will resume in September of 2021.

May 2021 Conversation hosted by Okwae A. Miller

Host Okwae A. Miller is an Atlanta-based professional dancer, emerging choreographer, and founder of Okwae A. Miller & Artists.

Guest Corian Ellisor (on IG: queen_ellarex) has worked with a variety of dance communities locally and abroad. Corian is a performance artist, teacher, choreographer and drag artist.

April 2021 Conversation hosted by PhaeMonae

Host PhaeMonae is a movement engineer originating from DC. Currently living in Atlanta GA for the last 6yrs creating and working in all forms of art making.

Guest Okwae A. Miller is an Atlanta-based professional dancer, emerging choreographer, and founder of Okwae A. Miller & Artists.


March 2021 Conversation hosted by Tina Mullone

Host Tina Mullone is Assistant Professor of Dance at Bridgewater State University, Ambassador for National Water Dance and New England board member for the American College Dance Association.

Guest PhaeMonae is a movement engineer originating from DC. Currently living in Atlanta GA for the last 6 yrs creating and working in all forms of art making.

February 2021 Conversation hosted by Hattie Mae Williams

Host Hattie Mae Williams received her B.F.A from The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Fordham University program and her Masters from Goddard University in Interdisciplinary Arts.

Guest Shamar Watt was born in Kingston, Jamaica, raised in Miami, and is based in Miami and New York City. He was nominated as one of the top 25 performers/choreographers to watch for 2019 Dance Magazine.


January 2021 Conversation hosted by Michelle Grant Murray

Host Michelle Grant-Murray, is an independent choreographer, performer, and Artistic Director of Olujimi Dance Collective. She is co-founder of the Florida Black Dance Artists Organization.

Host Hattie Mae Williams received her B.F.A from The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Fordham University program and her Masters from Goddard University in Interdisciplinary Arts.

December 2020 Conversation hosted by Augusto Soledade

Host Augusto Soledade, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, is the Founder, Artistic Director, and Choreographer for Augusto Soledade Brazzdance, and serves as an Associate Professor in Dance at the University of Florida.

Guest Michelle Grant-Murray, is an independent choreographer, performer, and Artistic Director of Olujimi Dance Collective. She is co-founder of the Florida Black Dance Artists Organization.


October 2020 Conversation hosted by Jamē McCray

Host Jamē McCray, PhD. is an interdisciplinary ecologist who uses the performing arts to increase the diversity of communities engaging in discussions about today’s challenges.

Guest Tina Mullone is Assistant Professor of Dance at Bridgewater State University, Ambassador for National Water Dance and New England board member for the American College Dance Association.