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Carl Paris holds a Ph.D. in Dance Theory and Cultural Studies (Temple University) and a Master’s Degree in Dance Education (NYU). He has danced major roles with Olatunji African Dance, Eleo Pomare, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey. He taught and choreographed in Spain and throughout Europe and received the Dance Association of Madrid Award in 1995 in recognition for his contribution to
dance in Spain. Carl Paris has served on the faculty in the Dance Education Program, NYU as academic advisor and dance instructor. More recently, he taught Dance History and Composition as a Visiting Martin Luther King Fellow at MIT and African American Studies and Race and Ethnicity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He has published several articles in leading dance and theater journals
and presented papers at ADG, CORD, and NDEO conferences. His current academic work focuses on contributing to an interdisciplinary approach to dance studies, cultural studies and issues around black dance and performance.