Charis Railey

Dance | Entering Year: 2020

Charis Railey is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Charis’ movement practices have origins born out of the African Diaspora in the Americas. Her research explores the historical and contemporary socio-political complexities of these dances and their potential as vehicles for social change.  Ms. Railey seeks to provide the community with dance experiences that teach dance technique and address relevant social circumstances. In 2018, Charis formed Leading Ladies, a series of collaborative, woman-led workshops.  Leading Ladies aims to inspire social dancers to explore their creative agency in and out of partnered contexts. Currently, Charis Railey directs a Samba performance team motivated by body positivity, awareness, and respect for Afro-Brazilian culture.