BRIANNA ALEXIS HEATH
Brianna Alexis Heath is a performance artist whose current research employs dance/movement, film, photography, and creative writing to explore gender and performance within the black church tradition. Bri is currently pursuing a BA double majoring in Dance and Cultural Studies with a concentration in Urban Studies at Columbia College Chicago. As a student at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Brianna has studied with Onye Ozuzu, Dr. Raquel Monroe, Dr. Peter Carpenter and Darrell Jones among others, and has performed in several faculty and student works including Dardi McGinley-Gallivan's newest work Until It's Understood (2017). Bri is the recipient of the 2017 Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding BA Thesis in Cultural Studies for her senior capstone thesis: “Bodies as Living, Twirling, Sacrifices: Performing Black Girlhood, Liturgical Dance, and the Black Church Tradition.” Originally from Atlanta, GA, Brianna studied modern and ballet at Moving in the Spirit with Atlanta dance professionals Lori Teague (Emory University), Dana Lupton (University of Georgia), and T. Lang (Spelman College), and is the co-founder of the Chicago-based, black artist community—SAFE SPACE Chicago.