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ABOUT ALEXIA BUONO, PHD

Alexia grew up and studied on the Haudenosaunee land colonized as Buffalo, NY. Her professional training in contemporary and modern dance forms led her to the fields of somatics, contact improvisation, education, and transformative justice.

Alexia earned her doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning with a concentration in early childhood education from the University at Buffalo. She currently is an Early Childhood Special Education Consultant in the School of Education at Nevada State University.

Alexia researches bodily restorative justice, decolonizing and antiracist pedagogies, somatic movement literacy, and arts integration in education while implementing phenomenological arts-based educational research. She conducts solo and collaborative research on these topics with scholars from universities throughout the US.

Alexia's research is informed by her professional and personal practices of contact improvisation, Bartenieff Fundamentals, authentic movement, antiracist activism, and somatic social justice. She has traveled around the US, Canada, Israel, Greece, and Costa Rica at Contact Improv workshops, jams, and festivals. She has been the teacher consultant for the Buffalo Contact Improvisation Collective. Alexia facilitates somatic workshops for local and international community members based in her dance training, somatic practices, educational research, and activism.