Lindsay Blue Annie Rapport
Lindsay Blue Annie Rapport (she/her) is an educator, scholar, dancer, and choreographer. She joined Bowdoin's faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance in 2022 after completing her PhD in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She teaches studio practice as well as history and theory courses, and her research interests include hip hop culture, popular dance, African American expressive cultures and African diasporic connections, Black liberation movements, and abolitionist and decolonial praxes. Her current research examines vibing (grooving with, attuning frequencies) in freestyle hip hop dance practices and its potential to challenge and refuse white supremacist and capitalist constructions of subjecthood. Asking what it can mean for us to move and groove together, she places what happens on the dance floor in conversation with the ways we can stand with and move for each other as co-conspirators in social justice work.
Lindsay has been teaching in higher education since 2015 and in studio spaces since 2008. As an educator, she views the classroom as an activist space, where both subject matter and pedagogical approaches can work towards dismantling unjust systems and structures. Her pedagogy is student centered, trauma informed, and culturally responsive, and she initiated and co-organized monthly gatherings for educators to be in conversation about pedagogy and/as an ethics of care. At their core, her pedagogy and her research—embodied and scholarly—are about cultivating community.
Lindsay is a 2023-2024 Baldwin Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow. At the University of California, Riverside, she was a 6-time Gluck Fellow of the Arts and a recipient of the Graduate Research Mentorship Program Fellowship and the Chancellor's Distinguished Fellowship. She has presented work at Show & Prove Hip Hop Studies Conference, the Dance Studies Association conference, the American Studies Association conference, and the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance conference. Lindsay performed with hip hop-based ENVY Dance Company for over a decade, and she also served as Assistant to the company's Founder and Artistic Director.
- PhD, University of California, Riverside
- BA, Pitzer College