Beatrice T. Ayi is a dancer and teacher of traditional African dance forms. Having graduated in 1999 with a professional Diploma in Theater Arts, majoring in Dance, she worked for a couple of years as dance mistress with the resident theater company of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana. In 2002, Beatrice was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a master's degree in Dance Notation and Documentation at The Ohio State University (OSU).
Upon completion of her program at OSU, she returned to Ghana to lecture at the Department of Dance Studies (University of Ghana). Beatrice's extension services include serving as a resource person for dance workshops such as those organized by Ghana Education Service for its cultural officers, and summer programs for international student. She also served as choreographer and/or resource person for a number of Junior and Senior High schools competing in district and regional cultural competitions. Beatrice was an assistant choreographer of the dance piece staged at the opening and closing ceremonies of the African Cup of Nations, which took place in Ghana in 2008 (CAN2008).
While pursuing a doctorate degree in dance, Beatrice created a core curriculum course in dance with specific emphasis on West Africa, which she taught for six years at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). She also choreographed two dance pieces for the International Dance Company of the Department of Dance at TWU, one of which was performed at ARTSWALK 2016 organized by the School of the Arts. Beatrice has a doctorate in dance from the Department of Dance at Texas Woman's University. Her research work focuses on Dance, Migration, and Tradition.
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