Lela Aisha Jones

Lela Aisha Jones is the artistic conceptualist, founder, and director of FlyGround, an organization that specializes in the conversation between evolving traditional and contemporary narratives of movement and music in the African/Afro/Black Diaspora. While movement is her home base, she cannot be defined by one discipline or practice; her experiences have led to a more nomadic existence including dance research specializing in translineage cultural studies, experimental arts, music composition, film direction, and co-creation. A Tallahassee, Florida native who resides in Philadelphia, PA, Lela has studied at the Jose Limon Dance Institute, Dagara Institute of Music and Dance Ghana, LEcole des Sables Senegal, and with Dance Brazil. She has facilitated lectures, residencies, choreography and collaborative projects at Bennington College VT, Shenandoah University VA, California State University SB, Texas Womans University, Pinelands Creative Workshop Barbados, Orchesis Dance Theatre, Sankofa Center for African Dance and Culture Ghana and LEcole Des Sables Senegal. She also facilitates youth performing arts residencies (K-12) in the Philadelphia area with LiveConnections.org (a partner of World Café Live), Education Works, Young Audiences New Jersey, and many more. Urban Bush Women/NYC, Black Smiths Daughters Dance Theater/Nia Love/NYC and INSPIRIT/Christal Brown/NYC are some of her most valued touring performance company experiences. Lela received a Master of Fine Arts in dance from Florida State University in 2004 and is also pursuing a PhD in Dance Theory and Practice from Texas Womans University. She co-founded The Requisite Movers with Deneane Richburg, an organization that makes visible and presents dialogue-provoking artistic projects by women choreographers of African descent. Lela asks that her transitioned as well as living family continue to walk with her in this life and she would like to thank all those who have nurtured her, especially her grandfather, mom, dad, and sister.