Enya-Kalia Jordan is a choreographer, researcher, scholar, and teaching-artist, from Brooklyn, New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Buffalo State and a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University. In 2020, she began her doctoral studies at Texas Woman’s University, researching the decolonization of dance curriculum in higher education. Her research agenda specifically investigates African American somatic practice and how embodiment through African American Vernacular English can be a tool to reclaim identity through black world-making. In 2022, she presented her research at the Collegium of African Diasporic Dance at Duke University and the Decolonizing Tertiary Dance Education conference hosted by Stockholm University. In addition, in the summer of 2022, she will be presenting and sitting on a panel at the Dance For the Child International conference in Toronto, Canada. She has conducted ethnographic research in Tokyo, Japan; Guimaraes, Portugal; Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands; and Paris, France. Enya-Kalia is a teaching-artist with Dancewave, Amanda Selwyn’s Notes in Motion Outreach Theatre, Abron’s Center for the Arts, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Dance Africa program. She also founded and artistically directs her own movement-based artist collective, Enya Kalia Creations, which has performed nationally and internationally. This includes at the University of West Indies in Barbados, Pennsylvania State at Abington, DaCi conference in Salt Lake City, BAAD! Ass Women in Dance Festival, & Kun-Yung Lin’s Inhale Performance Series. Her artistic quest is to bring “flava” to conceptual art fighting for equity, and justice for young artists of color.