Nozama Dance Collective is a contemporary dance company and community of creators focused on collaboration and portraying intersectional experiences of identity through technical movement and dance. Co-founded by Gracie Baruzzi and Natalie Schiera in 2013, today, the company is led by visionary Artistic Director Dana Alsamsam. In addition to producing their own evening length concert performances, Nozama has a long history of participating in local community festivals and events, as performers and teaching artists, such as NACHMO, Dance for World Community Festival, and others. With movement described as “raw,” “technical” and “powerful,” Nozama utilizes exploration of sociopolitical themes, as well as gesture, athleticism, and partnering to move audiences.
Nozama Dance Collective is a contemporary dance company and community of creators focused on collaboration and portraying intersectional experiences of identity through technical movement and dance. In the spirit of the collective, Nozama allows each company member the opportunity not just to dance, but also to create, choreograph, administrate, teach, and develop their artistic voice and presence in many ways–to bring every part of their unique selves into the space. This interdisciplinary, intersectional group of creators aims to break boundaries both in the dance studio and in society, exploring sociopolitical themes such as the women’s experience, the queer experience, and other issues of identity, and so providing audiences the opportunity to feel seen and heard, or be pushed to think differently about what they already know about dance, and about the world.