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Ruby Morales is committed to equity, facilitating life-affirming spaces, and cultivating community relationships rooted in reciprocity, trust, and love through her artmaking. She’s a dance artivist investigating culturally informed teaching methods, circular leadership models, and her relationship with movement as a b-girl and Mexican-style cumbia. After receiving a BFA from Arizona State University, she began touring with CONTRA-TIEMPO Activist Dance Theater and Tucson, AZ-based choreographer Yvonne Montoya. She recently toured with internationally renowned creative Liz Lerman, performing Wicked Bodies. In partnership with the city of Tempe (AZ), she also toured her own evening-length show, Breaking Pachanga. She’s CONTRA-TIEMPO’s Resource Director and co-founder of The Pachanga Collective. In recognition of her leadership, Ruby is the inaugural recipient of The Association of Performing Arts Professionals Spark for Change award and the 2023 Performing Artist Mayor’s Arts award (AZ). She continues to learn and lead as a previous B.A.C. Fellowship Mentor, a 2021 National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) Advocacy Leadership Fellow, a 2021 Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow, a 2023 NALAC Leadership Institute Fellow, and a 2023 Critical Response Process Certification Program participant. Ruby has been awarded a Research and Development and Professional Development Grant from the AZ Commission on the Arts, The Artist Forward Fund from Artlink, a Phoenix Project Support Grant and Stabilization Grant, and others.
Ideas in Motion: 21st Century Dance Practices (2024)