What is dance? Who gets to do the dancing?
As an dance-artist, scholar, and educator, I care about the inclusion of who and what is deemed ‘other’ — marginalized peoples and dance histories, unfamiliar aesthetics and art forms, alternative performance spaces, and diverse ideas of beauty.
Angela Yetzke, MFA, CMA, is a Michigan-based choreographer, educator, and writer whose work blurs the mediums of dance, theater, voice, and visual art for works on the stage and off. Angela is the founder and artistic director of The Elephant Project, an initiative dedicated to trauma recovery through dance, art, and movement. Dedicated to the preservation and transmission of authentic and vernacular Jazz Dance, Angela is a leader in ongoing national conversations surrounding the decolonization of dance pedagogy and practices within higher education. In 2014 she received her certification as a movement analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC, enabling her to coach dancers and non-dancers alike in effective movement communication. Angela is an assistant professor of dance at Hope College in Holland, MI, teaching Laban Movement Analysis, Dance History, Composition, Improvisation, Jazz, and Modern/Contemporary. She holds an MFA in Choreography/Performance from the University of WI – Milwaukee and a BA in Dance from Western MI University.