Alessandra Lebea Williams

Dancer 2007, 2009, 2015-present

Alessandra Lebea Williams, a dancer-scholar and assistant professor of dance at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, researches choreography, Asian and African American culture, and gender and queer theory. She has been awarded fellowships including the Inclusive Excellence Fellowship (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2018-2019), Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (University of California, Los Angeles 2010–2014), and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (Macalester College 2005–2007). As an artist in Ananya Dance Theatre, Alessandra has performed nationally and internationally in eight company productions: Pipaashaa (2007), Ashesh Barsha (2009), Moreechika (2012), Roktim (2015), Horidraa (2016), Shyamali (2017), Shaatranga (2018), and Sutrajāl (2019). She is co-editor, with Ananya Chatterjea and Hui Niu Wilcox, of the anthology Dancing Transnational Feminisms: Ananya Dance Theatre and the Art of Social Justice (University of Washington Press 2021).

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