Artist Bio

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 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.


Curriculum Vitae

Choreography, Performance, Scholarship, Education

August 2020 - Present

Assistant Professor

Azaria will begin here tenure track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Missouri State University Fall 2020.

August 2018 - May 2020

Artist in Residence

As the Artist-In-Residence at Missouri State University, I teach 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 I can usually be found teaching camps.  2019- Missouri Fine Arts Academy, 2018- Greater Denton Arts Council Summer Camp, 2015-2016 Briar Patch Summer Camp Broadway, etc.

June 2019 - Current


My article "Tips for Success in Navigating a Master's Degree in Dance" was published in the Dance Education in Practice Journal.  My latest co-written article "Teaching Communal Dance Forms: Expanding Student Perspective and Assisting Dance Educators in the 21st Century" was published the Journal of Dance Education in Practice in September 2019.

August 2015 - Current


I have presented at the 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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Artist Statement

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.