Assistant Professor of Global Dance
Mya joined the Theater and Dance Department in 2018 as our new Assistant Professor of Global Dance.
For more than twenty years, dance has served as her medium for sharing and healing. Inspired and supported by her instructors in Sankofa Dance Theater, she began assisting and instructing class at age 13. Mya believes knowledge is best when shared and to date she has instructed throughout the United States, for all levels of dancers and in all kinds of programs. As a performer, she has shared the stage with artists such as Roberta Flack, Fertile Ground, M.I.A, and Spank Rock. Her movement research includes time with: Sankofa Dance Theater, NaZu &Co, the National Ballets of Senegal and Cote D’Ivoire, as well as numerous instructors that specialize in movement of the African diaspora. She holds B.A. in Dance with a K-12 teaching certificate from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and an M.F.A in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with ADF and the Forsythe Company.
During her tenure with Sankofa Dance Theater, she served as dance captain for the adult company and director of Sankofa Dance Theater’s Youth Ensemble, but believes teaching is her super power. Working in autism research and development with the Kennedy Krieger Institute taught her a wealth of knowledge in alternative teaching practices promoting her successful careers with Maarifa Shule, ConneXions Leadership Academy, Baltimore County Public Schools, The Bryn Mawr School for Girls and Coppin State University. She loves to blend her dance mind with teaching mind and served as curriculum writer for Baltimore County Public Schools as well the Open Society Fellow Meshelle Sheilds’ Goal Diggers: The Sankofa Project. Mya aims to teach strong foundational movement practices while nurturing and encouraging both creativity and individuality.