Melissa Alexis Melissa Alexis is a dance artist and educator, a certified yoga and sustainability teacher, facilitator, choreographer, writer and consultant with no separation among these roles. The threads that hold them all together are the urge to create, the need to serve, and the desire to envision and support a world full of people who do good for the common good. In 2016 she founded Cultural Fabric (formerly LIFEForce 2.0) to use embodied mindfulness practices (yoga/meditation and movement) in service of healing justice and inclusion.
Melissa has served as guest faculty in the Dance and Dance/Movement Therapy programs at Sarah Lawrence College. She also served as faculty in Dance and Social Science at Bard High School Early College in Newark, NJ, and prior to this, taught at Boston University, Smith College, and Amherst College. Melissa has led teams of artists, staff, and volunteers at organizations in Boston and New York, including Boston Ballet and 92nd Street YM-YWHA, and has provided solutions as a consultant or specialist at Sarah Lawrence College, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Third Sector New England, and more. A first generation Trinidadian-American, her movement research is rooted in exploring the intersection between African and Western perspectives, as well as psychology, social justice, sustainability, and mindfulness studies.
Melissa has performed as a dancer in Cambridge-based Afro-Haitian modern dance company, Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE), in Rujeko Dumbutshena’s work, Jenaguru, presented at the Smithsonian and Brooklyn Museums, and in companies in New York, Massachusetts, the Dominican Republic, and Senegal. Her own contemporary dance works have been presented at NU Hotel as part of Brooklyn-based The Creators Collective, Sarah Lawrence College, Tufts University, The Dance Complex, and Green Street Studios. She earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from JP Centre Yoga, has trained in Insight Meditation with Sarah Powers, and continues her yoga/meditation education through The Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, and more. Melissa earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Amherst College but is most proud to be a mother, daughter, sister, friend, and community member.
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