Takiyah Nur Amin | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Takiyah Nur Amin, BA,MFA,PHD

Job title

Dance History Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Profile

I am a scholar, educator, and consultant. I trained in dance, cultural studies and arts administration at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Virginia Tech and Temple University. Since then I have taught at the University of South Carolina (Upstate), Davidson College, University of North Carolina (Charlotte), Colorado College, Temple University and Virginia Tech. I teach courses that center the experiences of African Americans and others in the Diaspora as it relates to the histories of 20th-century concert dance and related performance traditions. The interdisciplinary nature of my interests gives me the space to consider pedagogical issues in dance studies as well as broader questions regarding Black performance, aesthetics, and intellectual history. 

My work has been published in several academic journals including The Black Scholar, Dance Chronicle, Dance Research Journal, the Western Journal of Black Studies and the Journal of Pan-African Studies.  I have contributed book chapters to several edited collections including Jazz Dance: A History of Its Roots and Branches, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, Rethinking Dance History and Are You Entertained?: Black Popular Culture in the 21st Century. Beyond the academy my work has been featured on The Feminist Wire and in the accompanying text for Beyond Mammy, Jezebel & Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women, an art exhibit featuring works from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. 

I have served as a twice-elected board member of the Congress on Research in Dance and I am co-founder of the Dance Studies Association’s Diversity Working Group. I am also co-founder of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) and committee member of PoP Moves International.

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Publications

Peer Reviewed Book and Journal Publications

Dance Studies

Amin, Takiyah Nur. “Beyond Hierarchy: Reimagining African Diaspora Dance in Higher Education Curricula." Black Moves: New Research in Dance Studies. The Black Scholar, vol. 46, no.1 (2016): 15 - 26.

Amin, Takiyah Nur. “Girls Run The…What? Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Black Women’s Dis/Respectability Politics.” Conversation Across the Field of Dance Studies XXXII (2013): 9 – 12.

Amin, Takiyah Nur. “A Terminology of Difference: Making the Case for Black Dance in the 21st Century and Beyond.” Journal of Pan African Studies 4:6 (2011): 7 – 15.

Pedagogy

Adams, Dean, Amin, T.N. and Delane Venada. “Arts and Society Redesign: A Learner Centered Approach.” International Journal of Arts Education, 2017.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

Dance Studies

Amin, Takiyah Nur. “The Booty Don’t Lie…And it Never Will: Pleasure, Agency and Resistance in Black Popular Dance.” Are You Entertained?: New Essays on Black Popular Culture in the 21st Century. Eds. Simon Drake, David Ikard and Dwan Simmons. Durham: Duke University Press, 2018.

Amin, Takiyah Nur. “Girl Power, Real Politics: Dis/Respectability, Post-Raciality and the Politics of Inclusion.” The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen. Ed. Melissa Blanco Borelli. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Amin, Takiyah Nur. “The African Origins of an American Art Form.” Jazz Dance: A History of its Roots and Branches. Eds. Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2014.

Pedagogy

Amin, Takiyah Nur.  “African American Dance Revisited: Undoing Master Narratives in the Studying and Teaching of Dance History.” Rethinking Dance History: Issues and Methodologies, Eds. Larraine Nicholas and Geraldine Morris. New York, NY: Routledge, 2018.

Other Pubublications (since 2011)

Dance Studies

Amin, Takiyah Nur. “Asadata Dafora.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, https://www.rem.routledge.com/articles/dafora-asadata-1890-1965. Accessed 1 March 2017. (Invited online publication.)

Amin, Takiyah Nur.  “The Clark Center.” The Dance Heritage Coalition, http://treasures.danceheritage.org/clark_center2. Accessed 1 March 2017. (Invited online publication.)

Amin, Takiyah Nur. Book Review: “The Dance of Politics: Gender, Performance and Democratization in Malawi.” Dance Research Journal 45.1 (2013): 119 – 122. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8879261

Pedagogy

Amin, Takiyah Nur. “Foreword.”  Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Theory, Research and Practice. Ed. Nyama McCarthy-Brown. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2017. Print.

Amin, Takiyah Nur, Byer, C., Otis, S., Robinson, C., and Christina Sanchez. “Growing, Connecting and Expanding: The Future of Prospect for Success.” A Guide to Prospect for Success. Charlotte: J. Murray Atkins Library, 2017. Online

Amin, Takiyah Nur, Byer, C., Otis, S., Robinson, C., and Christina Sanchez. “Depth and Breadth in First Year Programs.” A Guide to Prospect for Success. Charlotte: J. Murray Atkins Library, 2017. Online

Amin, Takiyah Nur, Hartman J., Padilla, J. Ravindran, A. and Celia Sinclair. “Time on Task.”  Student Pathways to Success: A Faculty Guide. Charlotte: J. Murray Atkins Library, 2015. 61 – 64. Online.

Amin, Takiyah Nur, Hartman, J., Padilla, J., Ravindran, A. and Celia Sinclair. “Campus Resources.” Student Pathways to Success: A Faculty Guide. Charlotte: J. Murray Atkins Library, 2015. 92 – 104. Online.