Azaria Hogans is a freelance dancer, choreographer, artist scholar, and educator. She holds a M.F.A. in dance from Texas Woman’s University where she expanded her research on black modern dance. Azaria received her B.A. in Spanish with minors in both dance and creative arts therapy (dance) at Georgia College. Azaria serves as the Manager of Resources and Archives and Board Member for kNOwBOX dance. Currently, Azaria is an Assistant Professor at Missouri State University and covers an array of classes including contemporary, jazz, contact improvisation, dance history, composition, and West African dance forms. She has presented and performed works both nationally and internationally including Symposium on Performance of the African Diaspora as Social Change Conference, American College Dance Association (South-Central, South-East, and Central) conferences, World Dance Alliance Puebla, Mexico, Women in Dance Leadership Conference, UNT’s Gospel Meets Jazz, Sant’Agata Central Plaza, Sant’Agata, Italy, to name a few. In her passion for education, she has brought the art of dance to local schools including Putnam High school in Putnam, Georgia and Lee Elementary School in Denton, Texas through community outreach programs and residencies. Azaria has published articles in the Journal of Dance Education in Practice (DEip), the Journal of Dance Education (JODE), Dance Teacher Magazine, Black Dance Magazine, and Dance Magazine.
Choreography, Performance, Scholarship, Education
August 2020 - Present
Azaria is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Missouri State University.
August 2018 - May 2020
Artist in Residence
As the Artist-In-Residence at Missouri State University, Azaria taught jazz, all levels of contemporary, West African dance forms, dance history, dance appreciation, contact improvisation, composition, alternative formats, and mentorship of student projects.
June 2012 - Current
Dance Instructor/Camp Faculty
Durning the summers Azaria can usually be found teaching various performing arts camps and residencies. 2019- Missouri Fine Arts Academy, 2018- Greater Denton Arts Council Summer Camp, 2015-2016 Briar Patch Summer Camp Broadway, etc.
June 2019 - Current
Azaria has published several articles that have appeared on platforms such as Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Black Dance Magazine, Journal of Dance Education, Journal of Dance Education in Practice, among others.
August 2015 - Current
Azaria presented at the National Dance Education Organization conferences, TWU Creative Arts and Research Symposium, TWU Learn by Doing Showcase, World Dance Alliance-Americas Conference, Symposium on Performance of the African Diaspora as Social Change Conference, Georgia College, Women's Symposium, and the Conference on the Americas.
June 2012 - May 2014
"Sensorship"-(Hogans/Nygaard) DanceMakers, Women in Dance Conference
"Piel de la Naturaleza"- (Dance Film) TWU Creative Arts and Research, Mobi Mini Fest- 92Y Harkness Dance Center
"Greenhouse"- Brave Arts Dance Festival, Denton Black Film Festival, Dance Upclose Concert, Sightlines Dance Concert
"More than Time Stolen"- African Diaspora as Social Change Symposium, ADCA 2016, Denton Black Film Festival, DanceMarkers Concerting, Dancedor's Lose Yourself to Dance Video Contest Top Ten Finalist
August 2008 - Current
"Sensorship"- (Hogans/Nygaard)DanceMakers, Women in Dance Conference 2019
"Society"-(Jessica Murphy) Brave Arts Dance Festival, Dance Upclose Concert, ACDA 2017, DanceMakers
"Departure"- (Yeajean Choi) Collin College Dance Fusion
"Infinite X"- (George Staib) Sant'Agata Central Plaza Italy
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As a choreographer focused in social awareness, I work to reach beyond the dance stage and also into communities and systems of learning. Dance is a vital art form that births meaningful discussion and ignites social, political, and economic change. I create works that embody and express pressing issues such as gender and racial equity through modern contemporary, post modern, and African diasporic modern styles.