Zakiya Atkinson is an educator, interdisciplinary artist and choreographer, who is committed to
facilitating artistic exploration, cultural awareness and social change through dance education. She is the founder and director of Zaman Dance Theatre Collective, Essex County MetroWest Dance Festival and the director of a high school dance program, where she has developed and implemented a curriculum exploring sociopolitical themes and injustice. Atkinson earned her MA in Dance Education from New York University Steinhardt, BA in Communications & Theatre from Temple University and a Certificate in Holocaust & Genocide Education from College of Saint Elizabeth. She completed NYU Steinhardt’s study abroad program in Uganda and has collaborated with NGO’s in the Western Cape of South Africa, facilitating arts outreach.
Atkinson has served on the faculties at William Paterson University, Bronx Community College, New York University Steinhardt and has been the recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Education Association, Bates Dance Festival, the Body Politic Laboratory at Gibney (NYC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has presented her in-practice research at the Teaching the World Forum (Rutgers GSE), Dance/ NYC Symposium, National Dance Education Organization Conferences and the College of Saint Elizabeth Holocaust & Genocide Center. Atkinson is a doctoral student and an Arnhold Fellowship recipient in the Dance Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include dance as a conduit to social justice education, interdisciplinary pedagogy and sociocultural theories in education.
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