Location: Bowdoin / Nyama McCarthy-Brown

Theater and Dance

Nyama McCarthy-Brown

CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Performance

Contact Information

nmccarth@bowdoin.edu
207-725-3715
Theater And Dance
217 Edwards Center for Art & D



Spring 2014

  • Black-White Boogie: African Derived Dances in America (AFRS 1103)
  • Afro-Modern II: Technique (AFRS 2236)
  • Afro-Modern II: Repertory and Performance (AFRS 2237)
  • Black-White Boogie: African Derived Dances in America (DANC 1103)
  • Afro-Modern II: Technique (DANC 2241)
  • Afro-Modern II: Repertory and Performance (DANC 2242)


Nyama McCarthy-Brown

Education

  • Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Doctorate, 2011
  • University of Michigan , Ann Arbor, Michigan, Masters of Fine Arts in Dance, 2003
  • Spelman College , Atlanta, Georgia, Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, 1999
  • University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa 1998
  • Institute of Public Administration , Dublin, Ireland 1997

American College Dance Festival Association, New England Regional Conference
New London, Connecticut 2012
* Taught master class in Salsa Casino de Rueda to over fifty dancers; and Afro-modern dance to over eighty dancers.

Congress On Dance Research Conference
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2011
* Convened working session, “Leaping into the 21st Century: Re-visioning Cultural Diversity through Music & Dance Curricula.

Society of Dance History Scholars Conference
Stanford University, Stanford, California 2009
* Paper presentation on “Color Casting of African American Women in the World of Classical Ballet.”

Society of Dance History Scholars
Skidmore College, Sarasota Springs, New York 2008
* Awarded SDHS travel grant to present paper, “Marion Cuyjet and Delores Browne: African-American Women Seeking Ballet in the 1950s.”

National Dance Education Organization
Towson University, Towson, Maryland 2008
* Paper Presentation on “Culturally Relevant Teaching in Dance Education.”

Hawaii International Conference on Education
Honolulu, Hawaii 2003
* Presented on the pedagogy of Afro-fusion in Johannesburg, South Africa.

University of Michigan Summer Dance Program,
Ann Arbor, Michigan 2002
* Lecture demonstration on the work and technique of Katherine Dunham.

McCarthy-Brown, Nyama.  “The Need For Inclusive Practices in Dance Education,” Journal of Dance Education, Vol. 9 issue 4, 2009.

McCarthy-Brown, Nyama.  “From African To African American Dance: A Chronological Journey,” Dance Chronicle, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2010.

Nyama McCarthy-Brown.  “Dancing in the Margins:  Experiences of African American Ballerinas,” Journal of African American Studies, Vol. 14, No. 4, 2010.

Source: The Body is Primary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2010
Performed a solo, Turn the Page; and choreographed Caravan, a piece with 15 dancers, 2 percussionists, and 1 storyteller, that pays homage to the dances and dancers of the 1930s.

Endings, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Performed in “Flipping the Script,” choreographed by Magira Ross. 2009
12 dancers; music by Junior Walker and Staple Singers. Contemporary African Repertory piece set in the 1960s, displaying continuities between African and African American vernacular dances.

Temple University Faculty Dance Concert, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Performed in the contemporary work of Artist-in-Residence, Lisa Kraus. 2008

Ballethnic Dance Company, Atlanta, Georgia
Guest artist in annual The Leopard Tale Production 2004
Guest artist in annual Urban Nutcracker Production 2003-2006

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan  
HerStory - MFA Concert (solo work premiered) 2003
19th Annual Spring Season - Ann Arbor Dance Works 2003
Annual Department Dance Concerts – Power Center concerts. 2002-2003

Tu Nokwe Productions, Pretoria, South Africa  
Six collaborative projects to perform solo work with South African singer Tu Nokwe, 2002 at the home of President Mbeki.

Javanese Dance Series, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2001-2002
Workshop and performance series with Javanese Dance masters,
BRM. Bambang Irwan and Noor Farida Rahmalina.

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Ann Arbor, Michigan  
Performed with company in Hallelujah Project. 2001

Savage Jazz Dance Company, Oakland, California
Performed with eight company members. 1993

Choreography 

Caravan
Music: George Gee and Duke Ellington. 15 dancers, 2 percussionists, 1 storyteller, 2010
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Turn The Page
Music: Mongo Santamaria, 1 dancer, Teple University, Philadelphia, PA. 2010

Un Amor 2008
Music: Gypsy Kings. 3 dancers, Carver School of the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia.

Seasons Finale
Music: “Rent” remix. 30 dancers, Carver School of the Arts, Atlanta, GA. 2008

Neo-Classical
Music: Mozart. 4 dancers, Carver School of the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia. 2008

Motherless Child 2006
Music: anonymous composer. 1 dancer, Carver School of the Arts, Atlanta, GA.

Swing, Swing, Swing 2006
Music: Don McGlynn. 16 dancers, Carver School of the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia.

Sawubona 2005
Music: Kronos Quarter, and Olatunji. 16 dancers, Dekalb School of the Arts, Decatur, GA.

Awakening 2005
Music: Aretha Franklin. 13 dancers, Royal Essence Dance Company, Lithonia, Georgia.  

Come By Here 2005
Music: Sweet Honey and The Rock. 24 dancers, Royal Essence Dance Company, Lithonia Georgia.

Strange Fruit 2005
Music: Nina Simone. 17 dancers, Royal Essence Dance Company, Lithonia, Georgia.

Fame 2004
Music: Original soundtrack, Fame. 29 dancers, North Atlanta High School, Atlanta, GA.

Hot Lunch Jam 2004
Music: Original soundtrack, Fame. 29 dancers, North Atlanta High School, Atlanta, GA.

Carol of Bells 2003
Music: David Benoit. 13 dancers, Spelman Children’s Dance Theater, Atlanta, Georgia.

Carol of Bells 2003
Music: Live Afro-fusion interpretation. 11 dancers, North Atlanta High School, Atlanta, Georgia.

Imani 2003
Music: Cassandra Wilson. 15 dancers, North Atlanta High School, Atlanta, Georgia.

Verses 2003
Music: Mozart. 11 dancers, North Atlanta, High School, Atlanta, Georgia.

Harlem Nutcracker 2003
Music: Duke Ellington. 20 dancers, North Atlanta High School, Atlanta Georgia.

Caribbean Christmas 2003
Music: Rhumba Navidene. 18 dancers, North Atlanta High School, Atlanta, Georgia.

Led 2003
Music: Charles Mingus. Solo, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Yemeya’s Pataki 2003
Music: commissioned and composed by Alexis Bacon. 12 dancers, 6 musicians, 1 storyteller, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Revealed
Music: Glen Velez. 8 dancers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 2002

The Middle Passage
Poem: “I am…” Solo, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 2002

Ready or Not 2001
Music: Fugees w/student generated Step. 30 dancers, Fremont High School, Oakland, California.

Jingo 2000
Music: Carlos Santana. 62 dancers, Fremont High School Oakland, California.

The Vines 1999
Music: Zap Mama. 17 dancers, Spelman Children’s Dance Theater, Atlanta, Georgia.