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Our Zine Publications

March 18th to 21st, 2021

SMUSH Gallery presents the Essence of Embodiment Festival as part of the Curatorial Fellowship in Dance '20-'21. We have a few zines in production, which will include a collection of process work, interviews, prose, and other insights. We are working diligently on creating these publications with the utmost care. We're looking to have audio and digital versions to be sure that our content is accessible to all! Check back here for a limited print run, in the meantime get to know our writers!

For more information on how to register for our movement workshops, talkback discussions, and film premieres, visit our Festival page.

Writer Bios

Azaria Hogans

Azaria Hogans is a freelance dancer, choreographer, artist scholar, and educator. She holds a M.F.A. in dance from Texas Woman’s University where she expanded her research on black modern dance. Azaria serves as the Manager of Resources and Archives for kNOwBOX dance. Currently, Azaria is an Assistant Professor at Missouri State University and covers an array of classes. She has presented and performed works both nationally and internationally. Azaria has published articles in the Dance Education in Practice (DEip), Journal of Dance Education (JODE), Dance Teacher Magazine, and Dance Magazine.

Screening "Three Stages of Having to Prove Your Humanity" as part of our film programming.

Author of "The Artistic Process of Choreographing Pain," we're launching a bundle of print and digital zines, be sure to check back here or sign-up for our newsletter to read Azaria's work.

Aysia Middlebrooks

Freelance dance performer, collaborator and educator, Aysia Middlebrooks, recently graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Aysia’s choreographic work uses movement as a way to feel, inform, and transform. Finding beauty in raw, organic movement allows her to identify internal rhythms and sequential movement paired with breath and release.

Aysia has travelled to various places, such as, Durham, North Carolina, Cheonan, South Korea, Toronto and Montreal, Canada, and New York city to learn from notable dance artists, including Margie Gellis, Bebe Miller, Momar Ndiaye, and Young Sun Lee. She uses these interactions to influenced her creative style and process. Her work has been shown in various locations, including American College Dance Festival, Ohio University, York University, and Concordia University. Aysia recently completed a special events and development intern with BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance based in New York, NY.

Mrittika Sen

Dr. Mrittika Sen was born and raised in Calcutta, India, and has been a journalist, columnist, and editor. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, two Master's Degrees in Communication (The Ohio State University) and English (Jadavpur University, India), and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature (Jadavpur University, India). Mrittika is a development and grant writing consultant for not-for-profits, and lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. Her infant daughter passed away in 2013. Mrittika was a regular contributor for, a website for and by babyloss parents, from 2014 until 2019, and edited it from 2017 until 2019. Someday, she would like to compile her writing -- on various aspects of life after the loss of a child -- in order to raise awareness and dispel the silence around grief. When she is not researching or writing, Mrittika makes jewelry with stones and metal.

Dr. Rhoda Boise

Rhoda Moise, Ph.D. is an internationally trained health-equity researcher and multi-form artist with Haitian roots. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rho learned the values of resilience, education, and community from an early age. As a child, she witnessed the impact of preventable chronic disease like diabetes and cancer on the physiology and psychology of her family and community group. She also noted the need for better education and access to healthcare as well as healing outlets for artistic expression. Her scientific experience in health promotion includes the U.S. as well as Haiti, Senegal, and Thailand where she also learned traditional dance and meditation practices. Rho’s dance training spans Modern, Jazz, and Hip-Hop, African, Afrobeat, Brazilian, and Haitian styles. She continues to merge passions at the nexus where science meets soul by facilitating lifestyle practice healing workshops including dance, yoga, and spoken word poetry, while applying scientific theory in diverse settings.