Bravo! Drew Dance Professor Earns Teaching Honor
Dance Education Association recognizes Kimani Fowlin.
December 2017 – Drew University’s Kimani Fowlin is being recognized as an outstanding dance educator and teaching artist by the New York State Dance Education Association.
The award honors an educator who works as a teaching artist through an arts organization. Fowlin has worked with the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the DreamYard Project in the Bronx, Cathedral Arts Live in Jersey City and Community Works in Manhattan. She also has performed, taught and choreographed in Russia, Peru, Ghana and Greece. What’s more, she’s a certified group fitness instructor and co-founder of Boom!Beep!Bop!, a children’s dance class rooted in the African Diaspora.
At Drew, Fowlin teaches choreography and performance studies, Afro-Fusion dance and movement studies. One of her courses is Dance in the Community, which brings students into a senior center and a school to help elders and children tell their stories through dance.
“Dance is transformative, and it’s a universal language of the body,” said Fowlin, an assistant professor. “I call it the equalizer and the uniter.”
On campus, the professor works with students who hope to work as dancers or choreographers, as well as those who just want to add more movement to their lives. “It’s exciting to have these little adventures in both worlds,” Fowlin said. “One of my missions is that I want everybody at Drew to dance.”
Fowlin, who recently had students develop dances inspired by the Gettysburg, added that “when you embody material, you learn it that much more profoundly.”
Beyond Drew, Fowlin teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers. She has a bachelor’s from Sarah Lawrence College and a master of fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.