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Ojeya Cruz-Banks

ocb_2Senior Lecturer
MA PhD(Arizona)
Tel 64 3 479 7684
Email ojeya.cruzbanks@otago.ac.nz

Background

Ojeya Cruz Banks is a senior lecturer for the Dance Studies Program in the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences. She is also the director of the dance lab, a dance collective and performance research group.

Research includes dance anthropology, pedagogy, choreography, postcolonial studies, and indigenous perspectives of dance; and she specializes in sabar and djembe dance traditions from West Africa, and contemporary dance. Ojeya was selected for the esteemed 2008 Professional Choreographer’s Lab at the Jacob’s Pillow School of Dance, 2011 Pacific Dance Choreographic Laboratory (Aotearoa/New Zealand) and was the keynote speaker and choreographer for the award-winning 2012 BlakDance festival in Australia. She has conducted dance research abroad in Uganda, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Cuba, Guam and several other countries.

Ojeya has studied with renowned dancers such as Katherine Dunham, Moustapha Bangoura, Youssou Koumbassa, Ron Brown and Eno Washington.

Teaching

Research

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Publications

Banks, O. C. (2017). A Black Chamoru dancing self-revelation. Amerasia Journal, 43(1), 147-156.

Cruz-Banks, O. (2016, April). Tåno'/Land. Verbal presentation at the Ritual and Cultural Performance Hui and Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Cruz Banks, O. (2016, May). Tåno'/Land. Verbal presentation at the 22nd Pacific History Association Conference: Mo'na: Our Past Before Us, Guam, Mariana Islands.

Cruz Banks, O. (2015). Atamira Dance Company and indigenous performance: The making of Māori worlds. Te Kaharoa, 8(1), 37-58.

Cruz Banks, O., and Community. (2015, November). Song, dance and music: A triad of community well-being from West Africa to Aotearoa/NZ. Verbal presentation at the International Conference on Community Dance: Moving Communities, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Chapter in Book - Research

Cruz Banks, O. (2009). Katherine Dunham: Decolonizing dance education. In N. S. Anderson & H. Kharem (Eds.), Education as freedom: African American educational thought and activism. (pp. 121-136). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

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Journal - Research Article

Banks, O. C. (2017). A Black Chamoru dancing self-revelation. Amerasia Journal, 43(1), 147-156.

Cruz Banks, O. (2015). Atamira Dance Company and indigenous performance: The making of Māori worlds. Te Kaharoa, 8(1), 37-58.

Cruz Banks, O. (2014). West African dance education as spiritual capital: A perspective from the United States. Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, 1(1), 163-179. doi: 10.1386/dmas.1.1.163_1

Cruz Banks, O. (2013). Espritu tasi/The ocean within: Critical dance revitalization in the Pacific. Dance Research Aotearoa, 1(1), 24-36. doi: 10.15663/dra.v1i1.4

Cruz Banks, O. (2012). Katherine Dunham: Decolonizing anthropology through African American dance pedagogy. Transforming Anthropology, 20(2), 159-168. doi: 10.1111/j.1548-7466.2012.01151.x

Cruz Banks, O. (2011). Dancing te moana: Interdisciplinarity in Oceania. Brolga, 35, 75-83.

Cruz Banks, O. (2010). Of water and spirit: Locating dance epistemologies in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Senegal. Anthropological Notebooks, 16(3), 9-21.

Cruz Banks, O. (2010). Critical postcolonial dance pedagogy: The relevance of West African dance education in the United States. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 41(1), 18-34. doi: 10.1111/j.1548-1492.2010.01065.x

Cruz Banks, O. (2009). Critical postcolonial dance recovery and pedagogy: An international literature review. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 17(3), 355-367. doi: 10.1080/14681360903194368

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Cruz Banks, O. (2010). Of water and spirit: Locating dance epistemologies through ethnography in Aotearoa and Senegal. Proceedings of the Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (CEAD) Hui. (pp. 41). Retrieved from http://cead.org.nz/Site/Ethnography_conference/Programme.aspx

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Cruz-Banks, O. (2016, April). Tåno'/Land. Verbal presentation at the Ritual and Cultural Performance Hui and Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Cruz Banks, O. (2016, May). Tåno'/Land. Verbal presentation at the 22nd Pacific History Association Conference: Mo'na: Our Past Before Us, Guam, Mariana Islands.

Cruz Banks, O., and Community. (2015, November). Song, dance and music: A triad of community well-being from West Africa to Aotearoa/NZ. Verbal presentation at the International Conference on Community Dance: Moving Communities, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Cruz Banks, O. (2010, June). Of water, spirit and sustainability in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Dancing Te Moana/ocean. Verbal presentation at the International Dance Symposium: Dancing Across the Disciplines, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Performance

Cruz Banks, O. (performer, choreographer) (2012). Espritu Tasi/The Ocean Within/I respect water, BlakDance Cultural Artists' Symposium, Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane, Australia. [Performance].

Dance Lab, including Cruz Banks, O. (performer) (2011, 26 March). Chocolate Zucchini Cookies, Dunedin Fringe Festival, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Cruz Banks, O. (choreographer) (2011, 14 October). Espritu Tasi: Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab, Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.

Cruz-Banks, O. (choreographer), & Roberts, M. (lighting designer) (2009, 23-24 October). Underground Renaissance, Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Cruz Banks, O. (choreographer & dancer) (2008, 1-3 October). Underground Renaissance, at the Tempo Festival of Dance, Auckland Performing Arts Center, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Cruz Banks, O. (2007). Decolonizing the body: An international perspective on dance pedagogy from Uganda to the United States (PhD). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. 199p.

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