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Michelle Grant-Murray, choreographer, educator, author, scholar, performer and Artistic Director
of Olujimi Dance Theatre, earned a BS degree in Dance Education (Jacksonville University), MA
degree in African Studies (Florida International University) and MFA degree in Choreography
(Jacksonville University). Michelle has presented work throughout Europe, Asia, South America,
the United States and the Caribbean. She is Associate Professor Sr. and Coordinator of Dance at
Miami Dade College, Artistic Director of Jubilation Dance Ensemble. She is the founder and host
of The Black Artist Talk, Founder and Executive Director of the Artistry In Rhythm (A.I.R.) Dance
Conference, Co-Founder of Florida Black Dance Artists Organization and author of Beyond the
Surface: An Inclusive American Dance History, Her practice is centered around Olujimi Dance
Technique, a blend of contemporary and traditional modern dance styles infused with elements of
African Diaspora Dance Movement forms. Michelle has developed a unique choreographic
process, Ancestral Dance Movement Memory (ADMM), a movement form that seeks to go beyond
the collective memory of the present physical body and utilize the ecology of spirituality to reveal
the essence of human nature. She is a Knights Arts Champion. Currently, Michelle is researching
the performative intersections of Eco-feminism, Ecology, and Sustainability of the Black Female

Jubilation Dance Ensemble (JBE) is a pre-professional college dance company that performs
various genres of dance such as Contemporary Modern, Ballet, Hip-hop, West African, Afro-
Cuban and other African Diasporic dance forms. Participants train in diverse styles of dance,
present and engage in master classes, workshops, lectures, and panel discussions. Company
members collaborate, produce, direct, and explore dance from an experiential, performative,
administrative, and theoretical perspective. The company takes part in dance festivals,
conferences, and various academic events throughout the country.

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