Zakiya Atkinson is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer and educator, who has accumulated a global perspective of the arts and is utilizing it as a way to foster the cognitive, artistic and social growth of society. She has received recognition for her commitment to the arts throughout the State of New Jersey and is actively involved in youth and social development. The founder and artistic director of Zaman Dance Theatre Collective continues to develop performance works that present narratives about socio-political themes and human injustice. Zakiya Atkinson's works have been commissioned and presented locally and internationally for stage, film, theatre and educational programs. Her training has explored the fields of dance, theatre arts, and music, with professional credits in stage, television, print and 4 years of performance with the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleading Team (NFL). She holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, BA in Communications & Theatre from Temple University and a Certificate in Holocaust & Genocide Education from College of Saint Elizabeth. A recipient of a 2014 Teacher Fellowship at Bates Dance Festival in Maine, Zakiya is committed to being a lifelong student of the arts.
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