Alicia Díaz, originally from Puerto Rico, is co-founder of Agua Dulce Dance Theater, with movement artist Matthew Thornton, and Assistant Professor of Dance at
Her choreography has been presented in the United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Argentina, Spain, and Mexico. She toured nationally and internationally with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Donald Byrd/The Group, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Andanza Compañía Puertorriqueña de Danza Contmeporánea, Alice Farley Dance Theater, and Contemporary Motions, as well as numerous independent choreographers. In 1997, Díaz co-founded en la brega dance company with Puerto Rican dancer and choreographer Ñequi González, and she co-directed Rubí Theater Company—an artistic collective dedicated to creating works pertinent to Latino experiences in the U.S.—from 2000-2004.
In recent years, she has collaborated with dance artist Marion Ramírez, choreographer Steven Iannacone, percussionist Sebastián Guerrero, composer Bill Sallak, sound designer Oliver Lyons, video artists Alexis Raskin and Kim Su Theiler and film maker Alison Dobbins.
Film and video dance projects include Sand (independent film by Steven Dean, 1996), Yucuninu (a site-specific film by Alison Dobbins, 2009), Yucuninu: The Development of a Dance (documentary by Alison Dobbins, 2009), Grain of Sand: A Dance for the Camera Project (in-progress with Alison Dobbins), and The Seed and the Gardener (video dance by Kim Su Theiler, 2009).
Her teaching experience includes Assistant Professor of Dance at Hope College, Assistant Professor/Artist-in-Residence at Kent State University, and guest teacher at The American College Dance Festival, Rutgers University, University of Michigan, New York University, Henry Street Settlement, and Festival Internacional Danz’aquí in Puerto Rico.
Publications include “Latino Dance Forms in The United States”, The Encyclopedia of Latinos in the United States, Oxford University Press (2005) and “Bomba, Capoeira, B-boying: Embodied forms of resistance in the African Diaspora”, Washington Square News, March 2, 2004. Díaz was featured in the Dance Magazine article “Authentic Movement: Find Yourself in the Steps” by Shayna Samuels (July 2004).