Associate Director

Elana Anderson, Ph.D.

Elana Anderson, Ph.D.

Elana D. Anderson, Ph. D. is a native Washingtonian, instructor, lecturer, parent, and performance and fiber artist. She is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., Chicago State University, and Howard University, also in Washington, D. C.  She is a member of the American Guild for Musical Artists (AGMA) and the National Council for Negro Women. Dr. Anderson serves as an Associate Artistic Team Member of Chicago-based Deeply Rooted Productions in addition to serving on the Board of Directors and as an Associate Director of Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press.

Anderson’s career in dance spanned twenty-five plus years, and includes work in concert stage, commercial stage, opera, television and film. She has received unparalleled recognition the world over for her interpretation and presentation of excellence in the Black Dance aesthetic. Though her love of literacy and gender equality initially took a backseat to her performing arts career, Anderson has come full circle to embrace all aspects of her personhood…artist, scholar, woman.

Dr. Anderson continues to study and lecture nationally on the Black Dance Experience. Her future goals include the founding and publication of an international quarterly magazine, as well as an internationally-based publishing house, boutique, and/or arts facility.