danah bella


Chair, Professor and Artistic Director, d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks
B125 Peters Hall
Box 6966
(540) 831-5186


Bella received an M.F.A. in Performance from Ohio State University and a B.A. in Dance from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied under such distinguished artists as Bebe Miller, Tere O¹Connor, Christopher Pilafian and Jerry Pearson. She has performed with Santa Barbara Dance Theatre, Umoja Dance, Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians, Alleluia Panis Dance Theatre and Dancing Earth. In 2004, she founded d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks, a professional contemporary dance company based in Southwest Virginia, with long time collaborator Salvador Barajas. Her work has been presented in festivals throughout the country including the Cool New York Festival in New York, the United States of Asian America Festival in San Francisco and the Bates Dance Festival in Maine, as well as in Mexico and Italy. Her teaching credits include ProDanza Italia, Bates Dance Festival, Monterey Dance Fest and the American College Dance Festival.