shani is a Black woman who has a braided top knot and wears a colorful dress with a shawl kneck.

shani collins*

Land of the Mohegan and Pequot Peoples (Uncasville, CT)


shani nwando ikerioha collins (SNIC) is crowned “Contemporary Revolutionary'' by Thomas Lax in The Studio Museum Harlem Summer Magazine and "Warrior Woman" by Eva Yaa Assentawa in Dance Magazine who says: “It’s a sure bet that when she takes the stage, she will deliver not only the movement but the core, the bedrock, the very meaning and spirit of a dance.” SNIC’s movement lives as a continuation of the Black Arts Movement from which she rides on its coattails. She is a mother/ artist/ scholar/ healer, who develops her choreographic work through SNIC eternalworks DANCE, an experience that perpetuates healing em(power)ment through performance, community ritual, and intercultural exchange. She contributes to dance as a practice of freedom and works as Associate Professor of Dance and Africana Studies at Connecticut College.

*New England Now Dance Platform Curated Artist

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