Join In Conversation on March 27, 2021 with Professor C. S’thembile West, discussing intersections of dance, gender, race, religion/spirituality, and activism.
Professor Emerita, Western Illinois University: African American Studies, English, Women’s Studies, C. S’thembile West is a former basketball coach and modern dance instructor who taught in New York City public school system. For three decades she danced with companies led by Chuck Davis, Lynn Simonson, and Dianne McIntyre. She co-created works with Crowsfeet Dance Collective and in spring 1983 directed a small company, We Dance. West began writing about dance in newspapers while dancing with McIntyre’s Sounds in Motion Dance Company as a corrective for critics at the time who were writing about the company and the Jazz musicians with whom the company collaborated without acknowledgment of the history, heritage, or traditions that undergirded the genre. Professor C. S’thembile West was born and raised in Harlem, NYC.