M.F.A. in Choreographic Inquiry
Rashaida Hill began her training at 18 years old committing to dance as a major at Old Dominion University. Even though she had no prior formal dance training, she excelled and was awarded departmental scholarships throughout her tenure. While in school she also danced professionally for Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Virginia Opera in their production of Carmen. After receiving her B.A in Theatre and Dance from Old Dominion University, she was awarded an internship (2014) and student scholarship (2015) with the American Dance Festival. She trained under several world-renowned artists, most notably Jennifer Nugent (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), Jack Ferver, and Chuck Davis (DanceAfrica). After her time at the American Dance Festival, she began training and performing with the Todd Rosenlieb Dance ensemble. She went on to not only perform, but teach and choreograph for the ensemble where she presented her original works, Let’s just call this an experiment and I’m not okay. She joins the UCLA World Arts and Cultures dance program as a Graduate Opportunity Fellowship recipient where she will continue to explore the subjects of black feminism, the lives of Black Americans, mental health, and socioeconomic disparity. Dance and performance art for her has always been a saving grace for expression in an otherwise anxiety filled, quiet existence. Her hope is to spread that feeling with as many people as possible.