IRIS ROSA SANTIAGO

Iris Rosa is a full Professor in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and director of the African American Dance Company at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Her specialty is choreography and teaching jazz, modern and contemporary dance from the perspective of the African American and African Diaspora. Ms. Rosa has choreographed shows at the Madame Walker Theatre Center, Phoenix Theatre, Civic Theatre and Theatre On The Square. She has traveled and researched dance movement in Ghana and Ivory Coast, West Africa, Puerto Rico and Havana, Matanzas and Guantanamo, Cuba. She is also artistic director of Sancocho and Seda Negra (Black Silk), a dance company that combines traditional Latin American and contemporary modern and jazz dance traditions. Iris is active in the community as a dance instructor and mentor and continues to work professionally with dance ensembles and schools throughout the Midwest.