Aysha Upchurch

Aysha Upchurch

Cypher leader
Aysha Upchurch. Photo Credit: Ill-Digital
Bio
Aysha Upchurch AIE'15 calls herself a "dancing diplomat, seed-planter, soil-agitator, and curious and passionate artist." This translates to her work as a dancer, choreographer, instructor and arts education consultant committed to social inclusion, community engagement, and artistry development. Blending her dance training and professional backgrounds in education, youth advocacy and conflict resolution, she uses Hip Hop dance to entertain, educate, and empower. Aysha believes the empowered dancing body is a powerful griot and liberation tool. Currently she is on faculty at Salem State and Harvard University, where she is also the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education exploring the pedagogical implications of cross-disciplinary artistic collaboration, cyphers, and Hip Hop pedagogy.

Aysha leads cyphers at Harvard Dance Center. 

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