MCDC: AfroMotion!

AfroMotion! Instructor Bio

Magi Ross, originally of Denver, Colorado, graduated with honors from the University of Maryland and Temple University with a degree in Visual and Performing Arts and a Master of Dance Education from Temple University.  Ms. Ross is currently a visiting lecturer in dance at Muhlenberg College where she teaches African Dances and Cultures in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  She teaches in Maryland and Pennsylvania in schools, studios and community-building venues and she has received awards and honors for her excellence as an educator and choreographer. Her dance experiences include ballet, Horton, Limon, Cunningham techniques, and varied African Diasporic dance forms including Dunham, Umfundalai, Capoeira, Jamaican Folk and West African Dance. She studied and performed with the late Dr. Pearl Primus, Dr. Sherrill Johnson of Howard University, Phoenix Repertory Dance Company and Ronald K. Brown/Evidence at Skidmore College. Her most recent studies have taken her to New Zealand, Jamaica and Trinidad where she expanded her knowledge of African Diasporic dance forms. Magi is a two-time Dance Educators Fellow of Bates College where she studied with Vincent Mantsoe of South Africa and other artists. Her movement style is an eclectic blend of modern, funk and African Diasporic dances. She is the founder of My Sister’s Keeper Dance Collaborative, The Moving Spirit Dance Collective and a founding member of The Return to Goree African Dance Company. She performs currently with Troupe DaDa African Dance and Drum and she collaborates with various artists in Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC and abroad. Magi acts as Shelter Relations and Community Programs Coordinator for BuildaBridge International, an arts-intervention organization that engages the arts to bring hope and healing to at-risk children living in transition. Her greatest pride however, is her love for her family and for her twin grandboys, Mikhaily and Jonah!