Amara Tabor-Smith is a lecturer within the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. She teaches contemporary dance from an African diaspora dance perspective.
Amara is the former Associate Artistic Director and company member with The Urban Bush Women Dance Company. Currently she is the Artistic director of Deep Waters Dance Theater; an Oakland based dance company dedicated to making performance pieces that address issues of race, sexuality, discrimination, spirituality and the environment with the intent of inspiring social change. She is also the Co-Artistic Director of Headmistress; an international duet collaboration with movement artist Sherwood Chen. For more information visit: www.deepwatersdance.com
Her fondest food memories are her mother's seafood gumbo made every year on her birthday for many years, and her father making new year's blackeyed peas, neck bones, collard greens and cornbread for good luck!