Bhumi B. Patel | pateldanceworks

Bhumi B. Patel is a queer, desi artist/activist who creates intersectionally feminist, multidisciplinary art to explore the contradictions of her inner landscape where she is brown, queer, working class, and a woman. As a dancer, choreographer, curator, educator, writer, and historian, she works from a trauma informed, social justice oriented perspective. Her work traverses dancing, choreographing, curating, educating, writing, and scholarship. She earned her MA in American Dance Studies from Florida State University and her MFA in Dance from Mills College.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and English Literature - Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College. Patel is on faculty at West Valley College, Lone Mountain Children’s Center, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. Patel’s work has been presented at SAFEhouse Arts, LEVYsalon, Shawl Salon, max10, Studio 200, Molissa Fenley and Friends, Summer Performance Festival, RAWdance's Concept Series, and the first Queering Dance Festival. Patel has curated “fem(me),” a performance of femme-identified, radical queers, for SAFEhouse Arts and the National Queer Arts Festival since 2017 and has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle and Life as a Modern Dancer. To move through the world as a queer artist of colour, the pursuit of collective safety is both an act of labor and of necessity. Creating is her way of coping with the world at the moment.


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Bhumi's background in the field spans technique, choreography, history, and preservation. She has worked on historical reconstructions as a dancer, restager, and rehearsal director. Bhumi earned her Elementary and Intermediate Certifications in Labanotation with Bridget Roosa and Patty Phillips respectively. She is beginning the process of earning her Advanced Certification.

​She has performed Doris Humphery’s Shakers, Charles Wiedman’s Lynchtown, Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Etude, Helen Tamiris’ Negro Spirituals, Anna Sokolow's Rooms and Kaddish, and Ruth St. Denis’ Incense. She has researched and restaged Marius Petipa’s La Bayadere – Kingdom of the Shades Variation and Aurora – Act I Variation, Clay Taliaferro’s Falling Off the Back Porch, and Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table.​ Bhumi has presented her research on Anna Sokolow's Rooms at the 2016 SDHS/CORD Conference at Pomona College. In 2019, she presented her research on Gaga and Ritual Practices as the Dance Studies Association Conference at Northwestern University. Further, she presented her paper, “In A Flash: The Dance Flash Mob Phenomena,” at the American College Dance Festival Southeast Regional Conference. She presented her paper, “Anna Sokolow’s Rooms: A Case Study of Dystopic Americana Synthesizing Historical Research, Movement Analysis, and Restaging from Labanotation Score" at FSU's School of Dance Research in Progress Forum in 2014, curated by Dr. Jen Atkins.  


To move through the world as a queer artist of colour, the pursuit of collective safety is both an act of labor and of necessity. Creating is her way of coping with the world at the moment.



Bhumi B. Patel is a queer, desi artist/activist who creates intersectionally feminist, multidisciplinary art to explore the contradictions of her inner landscape where she is brown, queer, working class, and a woman. As a dancer, choreographer, curator, educator, writer, and historian, she works from a trauma informed, social justice oriented perspective. Her work traverses dancing, choreographing, curating, educating, writing, and scholarship. She earned her MA in American Dance Studies from Florida State University in 2014 and her MFA in Dance from Mills College in 2017.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and English Literature - Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College. Patel is on faculty at West Valley College, Lone Mountain Children’s Center, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. Patel’s work has been presented at SAFEhouse Arts, LEVYsalon, Shawl Salon, max10, Studio 200, Molissa Fenley and Friends, Summer Performance Festival, RAWdance's Concept Series, and the first Queering Dance Festival.


Patel has curated “fem(me),” a performance of femme-identified, radical queers, for SAFEhouse Arts and the National Queer Arts Festival since 2017 and has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle and Life as a Modern Dancer.


​She has performed in works created by Shinichi Iova-Koga, Sheldon Smith, Kara Davis, Keith Hennessey/Circo Zero, Krista DeNio/Moving Ground, and Sofia Cordova. Bhumi is a performer with Cat Call Choir.






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