About Iris Rosa

Iris Rosa was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico and raised in East Chicago, Indiana. She is a Professor Emerita in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS) and the founding and former Director of the African American Dance Company (AADC). Her specializations include teaching dance technique, history, and choreography from the perspective of the African American and African Diaspora and bridging the contemporary modern dance genre with African diaspora dance forms and styles. Prof. Rosa has studied, researched, presented, and taught dance in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Havana, Matanzas, Guantanamo, and Santiago, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica and Beijing, China. Rosa opened the Iris Rosa Dance Studio in May 2022 and is the Artistic Director of Seda Negra/Black Silk Dance Company (SNBSDC) both located in Indianapolis, Indiana. SNBSDC has performed four shows entitled Voyages and Journeys at the Athenaeum theatre as part of the IndyFringe Festival, The Schrott Center of the Performing Arts at Butler University as part of the Indy Dance Festival and the Toby at Newfields in collaboration with the Heartland Film Festival and Indy Dance Council. Her choreographic themes explore immigration, emigration and lived experiences of people in the African diaspora.

Recent Credits

Cultural Immersion

IU Theatre — Choreographer