Celia Weiss Bambara

Associate Professor of Dance

Celia Weiss Bambara



Celia Weiss Bambara is a dance artist and scholar as well as a dual citizen of the US and Burkina Faso. She is the artistic director of the CCBdance Project founded in 2006. Her choreography, improvisation, site-dance, or screen dance has been shown in the United States, Caribbean, West Africa, Middle East, Canada, and Europe. Her work has been awarded grants or residencies by the Puffin Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council, The Djerassi Foundation, Ragdale Foundation, Ecole Des Sables (Senegal), Donko Seko (Mali), Tanzart (Germany), UCIRA, Postdoctoral Fellowship at UIC, and Gluck Foundation Fellowship(s) among others. Celia has an article forthcoming in the Journal of Dance and Somatics practices and is published in: Caribbean Dancemaking, The Journal of Haitian Studies, Area Magazine, and Australasian Drama Studies. Her practice-led research addresses overlapping Jewish and African diasporas through questioning improvisation and somatics as practices of interculturalism in dancemaking.


Ph. D Critical Dance Studies
UC Riverside

MA Dance

BA Anthropology, Minor in Biology
Occidental College