Zakiya Atkinson is an educator, interdisciplinary artist and choreographer, who is committed to fostering artistic exploration and social change, through education, performance and community engagement. She is the founder/ director of Zaman Dance Theatre Collective and the Essex County MetroWest Dance Festival. Zakiya Atkinson's professional credits include concert dance, television, print and educational programming. She holds an MA in Dance Education (New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development), BA in Communications & Theatre (Temple University), Certificate in Holocaust & Genocide Education (College of Saint Elizabeth) and a New Jersey K-12 Teacher Certification in Dance.
Zakiya Atkinson has facilitated arts outreach in South Africa and Uganda and has been the recipient of an NEA Learning & Leadership grant, Teacher Fellowship at Bates Dance Festival and a fellowship in the Body Politic Laboratory at Gibney (NYC). She is the director of the Memorial High School Performing Arts Academy Dance Program and has served on the faculty at William Paterson University and the JCC MetroWest. Zakiya Atkinson is a member of Dance New Jersey, NDEO and continues to present her In-Practice research at arts, education and human rights conferences.
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