Alexia will be presenting an interactive talk, Justice-oriented teaching practices in CI: How community-based teacher education can help at the CI@50 Contact Improvisation conference at Oberlin College in July 2022.
Alexia and Rebekah Chappell will be presenting an interactive workshop, Practicing somatic social justice together: Slowtime and spaciousness at the 2nd Annual ARTS + Change conference June 2-5 2022.
This is Community: Decolonizing Arts Research & Practice Group
Alexia has been invited to facilitate a movement session, Sensing, Feeling, and Moving as Anti-Colonial Praxis for the Decolonizing Arts Research & Practice Group's conference event through the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in July 2022.
Mentoring for Arts Education Scholars Program
Alexia is a mentee in the Australian/international Mentoring for Arts Education Scholars Program initiated by Dr. Peter Cook and Dr. Anne Harris. Her mentor is Dr. Mary Ann Hunter from Univeristy of Tasmania.
Photographer Jim Bush
EMBODIED-COMMUNITY FOR FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Over the 2020-2021 winter, Alexia worked with the Core Scope of The Everything Space Garden Project, a ShiftMeals Grow Team site, to reshape their values, vision, and positionality statement to better reflect their embodied-community approach to food and environmental justice. During the 2021 growing and harvest season, she developed curricular content for this project and served as the "Values-Tender" in the garden.
EMBODIED SOCIAL JUSTICE CERTIFICATE
Alexia recently completed a 50 hour Embodied Social Justice certificate program through The Embody Lab. She was financially supported by an internal grant through the Individual Development Award granted by the United University Professions (UUP) to support her in this endeavor.
LRA Conference (December 2021)
Along with Dr. Katarina Silvestri, Dr. Andrea Tochelli-Ward, and Dr. Charles H. Gonzalez, Alexia presented an alternative session, Coalition-building to support sustainable activism for racial justice in higher education, at the 71st Annual Literacy Research Association Conference Conference: Widening the Angles of Literacy Research: Honoring Untold Stories Using Contrapuntal Approaches in Atlanta, GA.
Fall Community Dance Weekend (October 2021)
Alexia attended the Fall Community Dance Weekend at Earthdance in October 2021. This was a fully vaccinated event.
Alexia presented two sessions at the virtual conference Bodily Learning "at" the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway April 2021. She presented a paper on the topic of Somatic movement literacy: Decolonizing early childhood education through restorative bodily learning. Additionally, she and Anne Burnidge presented an experiential workshop on the topic of Dance integration: Centering the role of the body in science learning and education.
Alexia presented at the online 5th Annual SUNY Cortland Literacy Department Conference: Cultivating Self-Awareness with Critical Literacies through Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies. She presented an experiential workshop on the topic of Somatic movement literacy: An embodied learning mode of generating self-
awareness, critical consciousness, and healing to 35 participants.
SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION
Alexia was a participant in the online embodied social justice summit hosted by The Embody Lab.
Alexia and Dr. Chaz Gonzalez presented at the virtual edition of the 3rd International Symposium of AIRG "at" McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. The title of their presentation was Transformed by our arts-based research: Actioning into bodily justice in teacher education.
Alexia was a performance artist in the Art of Walking at Artpark in Lewiston, NY during summer 2020. She and fellow performer Michael Wells lead socially distanced groups of headphone-wearing audience members through a moving meditation combining walking, stillness, listening and site-specific performance. Art of Walking was created through an international collaboration between New York-based theatre and visual artist Carin Jean White and artists Itsaso Iribarren & Germán de la Riva from Spain.
Alexia attended the Authentic Movement and Action Theatre workshop by Carolyn Shakti Sadeh and Cass Tunick at Earthdance in Janaury 2020.
Alexia was in Israel for one month from December 2019 to January 2020 where she spent three weeks dancing at the international Israeli Ci Festival. She studied with Katja Mustonen, Gregory Chevalier, Noa Dar, Dafna Hemmendinger, and others across Kfar Blum, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Northern Arava Dessert, Vertigo Eco-villago, and more!
Alexia participated in the Jam Jam hosted by The Everything Space (Abbi Jaffe and Amanda Franz) in December 2019. The Jam Jam was a co-created laboratory retreat space where participants practiced contact improvisation, authentic movement, deep connections with nature, and more, all within community.