Sam Aros Mitchell

Performer (St. Paul, Birmingham, Poarch Creek, Philadelphia, Maui, Washington D.C)
Sam's research focuses on the transformative work of First Nations and Native American dance and theatre artists, who continue to break boundaries, connecting body to land and bring Native communities to a continued place of empowerment. Sam is an enrolled member of the Texas Band of Yaqui Indians. He is currently in his fourth-year of a PhD program at UC San Diego. He has an MFA in Dance Theatre from UC San Diego, and a BFA in dance from UC Santa Barbara. Sam has danced in contemporary dance companies for 25 years and has toured, both nationally and internationally. In April of 2016, Sam and co-author, Julie Burelle, published an article entitled "Dee(a)r Spine: Dance, Dramaturgy, and the Repatriation of Indigenous Memory" which was part of Dance Research Journal's special edition on Indigenous dance. Sam continues to work, teach and learn, within his Yaqui community, within the Native American and First Nations communities and within the contemporary dance community.