is a dance educator, choreographer and scholar. For over 35 years, Currently, Nailah is the chair of the dance program at THE Cambridge School Of Weston. Through the Harvard Dance Center Nailah teaches ongoing open modern contemporary classes and body conditioning classes throughout the year.
Nailah has taught modern and contemporary classes throughout the United States at conventions and universities, including, Cal State Northridge, UCLA, and Goddard College in Vermont. She has performed and lectured in Brazil, Ghana, Haiti, The Czech Republic and Senegal. For over 15 years she was an assistant professor of dance at Dean College in Franklin MA, and the Gold’s School in Brockton MA. In 2012 and 2013 she served as artist-in-residence at SUNY Buffalo and Salve University in Rhode Island where she choreographed original works for their dance companies.
As a performer she has worked with film director and poet S. Pearl, and performed as a member of Karen McDonald’s New Age Dance Workshop and Jamie Nichols Fast Feet, Inc. both based in Los Angeles. In 1998 Nailah presented her masterwork, Dancing Beloved, which was part of the Gendered Resistance conference, in Oxford, Ohio, at Miami University, where her 7-member ensemble retold Toni Morrison’s novel through movement. Nailah is also a contributing author to the affiliated book Gendered Resistance, published in 2013. She was also a member of The Skeleton Architecture: The future of our Worlds 2017 project, performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Last spring Nailah was commissioned to set an original work on Boston Base dance company, Urbanity. Nailah continues to share her vision and hope for a more equitable world through her company, RootsUprising. Her latest work, Zeporah, Woman’s Work, was performed in 2017 at Harvard University- Architecture school’s Black In Design conference-Designing Resistance, Building Coalitions. Nailah is thrilled to join the production of Ragtime.