Joselli Deans

Visiting Associate Professor

 Joselli Audain Deans, originally from Brooklyn, NY, joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem after receiving most of her training at the company’s school. During her career with DTH she danced numerous roles, including “the accused as a child” in Agnes de Mille’s Fall River Legend. A scholar and an artist, she holds a Doctorate in Dance Education from Temple University. Her dissertation entitled "Black Ballerinas Dancing on the Edge” documents the lives of Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson and analyses how biased ideas and practices impact African American ballet dancers, then and now. She has taught dance technique at Philadanco and several academic institutions including Bryn Mawr College and Temple University; presented her work at scholarly conferences, including at Corps de Ballet International, ASALH, and CADD; and her research is published on Arthur Mitchell’s archival collection on Columbia University’s library website curated by Lynn Garafola and in (Re:) Claiming Ballet edited by Adesola Akinleye. She has served as a consultant for several institutions and projects including for DTH, ABT, NYCB,  SAB, San Francisco Ballet, the Dance Oral History Project for NYPL, the documentary Black Ballerina, and was a design and facilitation team member for the Equity Project: Increasing the Presence of Blacks in ballet.  Currently, She is on advisory for  ABT's RISE initiative and she is completing a chapter on ballerina Delores Browne for The Oxford Handbook of Black Dance Studies edited by Thomas F. DeFrantz, published by Oxford University Press.