yonTande Whitney V. Hunter, PhD is a Chicago-born and bred artist/culture worker and BLACK SEED Native committed to culture as catalyst. His work centers around nurturing and cultivating individual and communal spirit through performance, education and curation. His works have been presented through Kumble Theater, La Mama, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival and in the streets of NYC, Chicago and Detroit. He has worked with Martha Graham Dance Company, Rod Rodgers, Reggie Wilson, Martha Clarke, Fiona Templeton, Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik, John Jesurun, Kankouran West African Dance Company, Yass Hakoshima and others. He has directed performance collectives, was a Movement Research Artist in Residence (2013-15), a founding member/curator of Social Health Performance Club, and presently co-creator of Denizen Arts with life partner, theatre and movement artist, Jude Sandy.
His grants and commissions for the creation and exhibition of his works are numerous including Providence Arts, Culture and Tourism, New York State Council for the Arts, Puffin Foundation Grant, Harlem Stages, Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Lumen Festival, and others. Recent actions and performances include Walk the (pink) Elephant, BIRTH RITE, OPEN PRACTICE, Body Count: Counting the Dead, #101 which initiated the founding of Body Count Collective (BCC:) with Preach R Sun, D.R.O.M.P, Airing Dirty Laundry with Andre M. Zachery), 1st American Shapist House…, and others.
He has taught nationally and internationally at Performance Garage, Peridance Center, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Harlem School of the Arts, The Ailey School, Dance Institute of Washington, and Centro Nacional de Danza Contemporánea (MX), LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and as an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University. His academic degrees include: B.F.A in Theatre Arts/Dance (Howard University), M.F.A in New Media Arts and Performance (Long Island University), and Ph.D. in Art Theory, Aesthetics and Philosophy (Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts). yonTande serves as Assistant Professor of Dance at Temple University (Coordinator, African Diaspora Dance Series).