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Ronya-Lee Anderson Professorial Lecturer Department of Performing Arts

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CAS - Performing Arts
B.A. Dance, B.A. English Language and Literature
M.Div Theology, MFA Dance

Ronya-Lee LaVaune Anderson is the daughter of Pauline and Roxroy Anderson; the granddaughter of Madge McLellan and of Mavis Lawrence, both healers and entrepreneurs. She is an Afro-Caribbean woman of Jamaican heritage. An artist, scholar and educator, Ronya-Lee works with movement, spoken word, costume design, film and original music. Her multimedia work has most recently been commissioned and supported by Dance Place, Duke University, the Maryland State Arts Council, Aunt Karen’s Farm and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A former member of the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble and Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange, Ronya-Lee has performed and taught both nationally and internationally. She has collaborated with choreographers Erica Rebollar and Tarik O'Meally, mixologist, Rita Burns, visual artist, Alonzo Davis and dance film maker, Carlos Funn. She has published articles in the Journal of Dance Education, Sojourners Magazine and the UCC Journal of Worship, Music and Ministry. Ronya-Lee is the recipient of the 2021 Pola Nirenska Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. She holds a Master’s of Divinity from Duke University, an MFA in Dance, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Theater and Performance Studies. You can learn more about Ronya-Lee by visiting and following her @ronyaleeandthelightfactory.
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Fall 2022

  • DNCE-105 So You Think While You Dance

  • DNCE-215 Jazz Dance II

  • DNCE-470 Dance Capstone

  • HNRS-098 Honors Capstone Supplement

Spring 2023

  • DNCE-213 Contemporary Dance II

  • DNCE-315 Jazz Dance III

  • DNCE-465 Adv Stds in Critical Inquiry: Dance Is Home: Club/Pew/Street