C. Kemal Nance
C. Kemal Nance, M. Ed. '92 teaches African dance technique and repertory courses at Swarthmore from where he graduated with a BA in Sociology/Anthropology with a concentration in Black Studies. He holds a M. Ed. from the Dance Department at Temple University where he is currently pursuing a Ph. D. His doctoral research interests center on the intersection of the Umfundalai tradition of African dance and African-American male dancer's construction of maleness. Kemal is the world's first male, master teacher of Umfundalai and the Associate Artistic Director of Kariamu & Company: Traditions (K&C), Umfundalai's professional performance company. He also directs the Berry & Nance Dance Project, an all-male African dance initiative.
As a performer, Kemal has been described as "spectacular" and a "powerhouse mover." While a principle dancer for K&C, he is a recurring performance presence with Chuck Davis's African American Dance Ensemble in Durham, North Carolina and is the featured dancer for Swarthmore's Alumni Gospel Choir. Regionally, he has danced with Dunya, Children of Shango, Ibeji, The Seventh Principle, and Jassu Ballet African Dance Companies. As an educator, he has taught dance at various institutions including the New Freedom Theater, The University of the Arts, East Stroudsburg University, and Franklin & Marshall College. Kemal has shared Umfundalai with international dance communities in the Turks and Caicos Islands, West Indies; Bobrek, Poland; Ghana, West Africa; and Kingston, Jamaica.