The very cornerstone of my work as an interdisciplinary dancer-scholar is to listen and understand people. Through a fusion of various aesthetic approaches, embodied research, storytelling, community engagement, and performance, I explore ideas of healing, community, and social change. My teaching is a reflection of my research and performance work. I encourage students to use dance as a tool to explore and expose the hidden and often challenging emotions surrounding race, identity, and class.
Christa Oliver is an educator, activist, dancer, choreographer, and an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State University. She received a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies and a Master of the Arts degree in Dance Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She also completed a course of study, Migrations, at the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University. Her research and performance work examines bearing witness through dance and using dance as a tool for healing in places where trauma has occurred.
Christa has worked with Donald McKayle, Valerie Preston-Dunlop, Rafael Bonachela, Donald Byrd, Rennie Harris, Lula Washington, Victor Quijada, Christopher Huggins, Willi Dorner, Miguel Periera, Robin Lewis, Dominique Kelly, and Gary Lambert. She has danced professionally in Amsterdam, Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, and Mexico. She was the dance captain and soloist with the national tour of The Color Purple and was a dancer in the films Avatar and Crazy on the Outside.