CHOREOGRAPHER. TEACHER. ORGANIZER.

Guided by the wisdom and experiences of Black women, I compose dances that disrupt power dynamics and invite  radical vulnerability. Built on relational partnerships rooted in history and place, I collaborate with performers, Women of Color lead organizations, presenters, and designers to craft dance events that are clear and potent in their creative execution, and accountable to community partners.

I’m in awe of, and overcome by, the multiple dialogs in play: the political, the spiritual, the everyday, the cathartic, the painful, and the beautiful. Dance, or any other art form, rarely affects me this way.

- Andrew Sargus Klein, thINKing Dance

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Guided by the wisdom and experiences of Black women, MKArts composes dances that disrupt unjust power dynamics and invite radical vulnerability. Built on relational partnerships rooted in history and place, we collaborate with performers, Women of Color lead organizations, designers, and presenters to craft dance performance rituals that are resonant with, and accountable to, community partners.

I’m in awe of, and overcome by, the multiple dialogs in play: the political, the spiritual, the everyday, the cathartic, the painful, and the beautiful. Dance, or any other art form, rarely affects me this way.

          - Andrew Sargus Klein, thINKing Dance

"Exquisite Choreography." - DC Metro Theater Arts

"Luxuriant Dancing" - New York Times
      

"Rising star"- Dance Magazine 

MKArts by MK Abadoo (they/she) exists at the crux of dance theater and anti-racist cultural organizing. Combining funk/family kitchen dances, classical American modern and postmodern dance vocabularies, neo-traditional Ghanaian movement, and community-centered creative practice, our work draws from the "tradition of black literature and art that unites past and present in unsparing dialog."

Considered a "breakout star" by Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” and a Clyde Fitch “changing-making artist to track,” MK's work has been commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the University of Richmond, and the Dance Exchange. As a 2016-2017 U.S. Fulbright Fellow, they worked closely with the Noyam African Dance Institute and the National Dance Company of Ghana. In 2017 they received a 40 Under 40 award from Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund for their leadership and achievement in the arts. In 2020, she was awarded by Richmond, VA Dance Awards for her collaborative choreography of a commemorative justice site-specific work performed at one of the United States oldest African burial grounds. 

 

MK's dance and cultural organizing moves within and alongside the legacies of companies and choreographers she performed with for more than a decade including, Gesel Mason, Liz Lerman, Urban Bush Women, and the Dance Exchange. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and chairs the Racial Equity, Arts, and Culture Core of VCU's ICubed, the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry & Innovation. As an educator, they are sought out for their keen ability to facilitate group learning as unique communities of shared wisdom, and embodied knowledge. She’s worked with students as a guest artist at Towson University, Texas A&M, New York University, the University of  Richmond, the University of Maryland, Brown University, James Madison University, East Carolina University, Dickinson College and the University of Virginia. She earned her BFA in dance education with a concentration in modern dance and a minor in strategic advertising from the University of the Arts. They also minored in African studies as an international student at the University of Ghana, and hold an MFA in dance from the University of Maryland. 

Core Partners and Collaborators

Women Dance Artists of Color - DMV

The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond

Angela's Pulse

The International Association of Blacks in Dance

Christine Wyatt, Operations Manager, Dancer & Rehearsal Assistant

Judith Bauer, Dancer & Creative Aging Facilitator

Mena Durant, Dancer & Rehearsal Assistant 

Asia Wyatt, Dancer & Repertory Assistant

Shanice Mason, Dancer & Rehearsal Assistant 

Julinda Lewis, Dancer 

Meoleake "Monte" Jones, Dancer

Ama Law, Dancer

Khalid Yaya Long, Dramaturg

Torian Ugworji, Film Director, Video & Media Manager

Tricia Homer, Marketing Advisor

Sam Crawford, Sound Designer

Johnathan Alexander, Stage Manager & Lighting Designer

Keara Dial, Stage & Project Manager

Keola Jones, Grants Writing & Social Media Assistant

Joi Brown, Engagements & Community Partnership Building Assistant

Community Co-Catalysts

KHamilton Projects

Gesel Mason

Urban Bush Women