Angelica DeLashmette Hurst (CLMA, RSME, MFA) is an educator, choreographer, performing artist, director, producer, and community facilitator. She is a hybrid dance artist who is passionate and inspired by Hip-Hop/Street Dance forms and Contemporary dance forms. She is a participant in Hip-Hop Culture and its dance communities and aims to bring awareness, education, respect, and appreciation for Black Culture and Black vernacular dance. Her research includes developing pedagogy that reflects an anti-colonization model for teaching Hip-Hop Culture and its creative expression through dance in academia. Her further research is inspired by connections between Western Post-Modern and Contemporary dance improvisation practices and Afro-Diasporic dance practices that are centered in the sociality of the moving body. She is interested in examining how the "social" moving body develops agency and relational intelligence, as well as offers strategies for interrogating choreographic structures, group processes, and democratic modes of making. DeLashmette-Hurst's passion and expertise additionally lies in Somatic practices and techniques, Dance Medicine and injury prevention. Previous to pursuing her graduate studies in dance she was a Seattle-based professional dance artist and educator making work and directing and producing dance festivals from 2013 - 2018. She was the Artistic Director and Producer of enROOT Dance Festival and Converge Dance Festival and created new works with her project-based dance company, DeLashmette Dance Projects.
DeLashmette-Hurst is an experienced teaching artist and started being mentored by renowned dance educator and author, Anne Green Gilbert and the esteemed faculty at The Creative Dance Center in 2010. From 2013 - 2018 she was on faculty at The Creative Dance Center and taught at many studios, pre-schools, and public schools in the Seattle and Greater-Seattle area teaching children through adults. Her academic teaching career began with teaching non-major dance classes at The University of Washington and then at The University of Iowa. During her time as a graduate student she taught Hip-Hop Dance and Modern dance technique courses as well as taught the BFA in Dance students in technique classes, Kinesiology, and Functional Anatomy. She was an Iowa Arts Fellow and graduated with her MFA in Dance, Choreography emphasis in December 2020 from The University of Iowa and is now based in Tucson, Arizona. DeLashmette-Hurst sees dance as a powerful art form that benefits and builds communities with the capacity to challenge, inspire, and involve individuals intellectually and emotionally. It is in its capacity to connect with others and develop empathy that dance has had its most profound influence in her life. She loves teaching and working with students and sharing her love for dance, and building with and being in community with others. DeLashmette-Hurst is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) since January 2018.
As a movement artist, I am interested in the process of inquiry in my creative work, and how I can speak to, and share that intimate process to the viewer. I see myself as a storyteller, telling stories that are personal, universal, and also unfinished. My story might be an investigation around time dimensions or discovering self-love. Whether it’s a theoretical idea or a personal journey, movement is the medium I access to make meaning of it. My creative process is often sparked by a feeling, question, idea, or curiosity I feel driven to examine. Sometimes the subject of the investigation is already happening in my life and movement then gives me the language to share it. I am interested in dance as a powerful art form that can challenge, relate to, and involve viewers intellectually and emotionally. I value movement that is intentional and speaks to the story I am telling. Any objects, sound, visual design elements, or other materials I use and choose to incorporate in my work are intentional and a part of the connecting thread through the work. I value collaboration in my creative process and cultivating an open dialogue among my collaborators around the source material for my work. I am currently interested in cross-disciplinary collaboration, and exploring the use of different mediums in my work.
My dance pedagogy is grounded in a commitment to teaching the whole person, not just dance steps. I am passionate about teaching with a holistic methodology that develops every student into a whole dancer as skilled technician, critical thinker, collaborator, and creator. I believe that dance offers a full body, spirit, and mind experience, and that dance education is an important factor in facilitating that experience. As a dance educator I strive to offer my students the opportunity to engage in the creative process, share, see, and respond. I believe in creating a supportive community and a safe learning space. I seek to challenge my students to go out of their comfort zone, but to also help my students feel and be successful. My goals as an instructor are for each of my students to increase their physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being through movement. I see my role as a dance educator as a facilitator of creativity, play, innovation, community, self-confidence, respect, and creating a space that builds character and develops a love for learning and exploration.