𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐧 𝐌𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭:
𝐑𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐅𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝-𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐃𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐲
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
Nancy Smith Fichter Professor of Dance, School of Dance
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is in the profession of creating. Inspired by jazz from an early age, she embraces a methodology based on collaboration, strength, and finding the shared genius in the room. In Episode Five, Jawole shares how she has navigated the administrative side of running a performance company and persevered in her pursuit of arts funding, all while remaining true to her artistic vision.
Jawole Zollar is currently the Nancy Smith Fichter Professor of Dance at Florida State University. She received her B.A in dance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and later received her M.F.A. in dance from Florida State University. After moving to New York City to study with Dianne McIntyre from Sounds in Motion, Jawole founded the Urban Bush Women in 1984.
The UBW was founded as a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. Along with creating works for UBW, Jawole has also created works for several dance companies such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, University Maryland, and along with many others.
She has received several awards and honoraria such as the New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) in 2006, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Dance in 2011, Arthur L. Johnson Memorial award and Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in 2013, and her most recent being American Conference on Diversity Performing Arts Humanitarian Award in 2018.