As a dance artist and educator, Alicia Díaz inspires her dancers, audiences, and students to investigate the body as a site of knowledge. She encourages them to connect with their kinesthetic intelligence, listen to their intuition, and exercise their creativity, in order to become active and compassionate citizens of the world.
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Díaz is Assistant Professor of Dance at The University of Richmond and co-director of Agua Dulce Dance Theater (ADDT) with movement artist Matthew Thornton. Her choreography has been presented in the United States, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Cuba, Argentina, Spain, and Mexico. She has danced professionally with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Donald Byrd/The Group, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Andanza: Compañía Puertorriqueña de Danza Contemporánea, Alice Farley Dance Theater, and Contemporary Motions, as well as numerous independent choreographers. Recently, she has collaborated with Thayer Jonutz and Catch Me Dance Project (Marion Ramírez and Jungwoong Kim) in multi-media and site-specific projects and with choreographers Steven Iannacone and Maida Withers.
Other directing experiences include en la brega dance company with Puerto Rican dance artist Ñequi González; Rubí Theater Company—a collective dedicated to creating works pertinent to Latino experiences in the U.S.; and Art Farm—a summer artistic residency that brings together movement, video, light, and sound artists to Yellow Barn Farm in Northeast Ohio.
Díaz’s research on Latino dance forms has been published by the Washington Square News, The Bronx Dance Magazine and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. She was featured in Shayna Samuels’ Dance Magazine article “Authentic Movement: Find Yourself in the Steps.”
Díaz holds an M.F.A in Dance from The George Washington University where she was awarded a University Fellowship, an M.A. in Dance and Choreography from The Gallatin School of Individualized Studies at New York University, and a B.A. in Art, Culture, and Society from Eugene Lang College of the New School for Social Research (now The New School University).