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Ann Mazzocca Bellecci

Ann Mazzocca

Associate Professor

Ferguson Ctr A139
(757) 594-0160


  • MFA in Experimental Choreography, University of California, Riverside
  • MA in Dance, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA in European Studies, Amherst College


Haitian and Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance and History
Modern/Contemporary/Postmodern Dance
African Diaspora Sacred Dance History
Western Concert Dance History
Critical Dance Studies


Afro-Caribbean Folkloric Dance and History
Haitian Vodou
Cuban Yoruba
Ritual Performance
Politics of Intimacy and Difference
Postcolonial Theory
Critical Dance Theories
Cultural Landscapes
Politics of Race
Social Justice


Ann Mazzoccca came to CNU in 2011 after completing an MFA in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside and dancing professionally with Haitian and Afro-Cuban folkloric companies for several years based in New York City. Mazzocca performs and presents her choreography based in Afro-Caribbean folkloric themes and contemporary postmodern approaches to composition on the local to international levels, most recently at multiple venues in New York City, the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, and in Port-au-Prince, Haiti . She has a book chapter published in the edited volume, Vodou in the Haitian Experience: A Black Atlantic Perspective, multiple co-authored essays in The Geography Teacher, a forthcoming co-authored chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance, and a co-authored essay forthcoming in Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory. She is a member of Congress on Research in Dance, Society for Dance History Scholars, and KOSANBA. She is co-founder of ArtPile, a local experimental performance collective, and serves on the board of Bailes~do~Monde, a platform for presenting and cultivating international dance opportunities and knowledge in Hampton Roads. (M.A. UCLA, B.A. Amherst College)

  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2019). Embodiment, Reciprocity, and Reception: Shakespeare Adaptations in a Black Atlantic Context. Oxford University Press.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). Dancing Petwo in the Ghetto: A Polyphonic Reflection on a Collaborative Performance. Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory. Volume, 27. Issue, 2. Pages, 194-224.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2016). Roots / Routes / Rasin: Rural Vodou and the Sacred Tree as Metaphor for the Multiplicity of Styles in Folkloric Dance and Mizik Rasin. Lexington Books, a division of Rowman and Littfield Publishers, Inc.. Pages, pp. 13-34 (21 pages).
  • Dance - Perform piece
    "Tè Glise: Exploring Relational Ecologies of Cultural Practice through Haiti-New Orleans Connections". Tè Glise Dance Collective. New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint. New Orleans, LA.
  • Dance - Perform piece
    "Rele listwa demanbre | Plas Dumas, Jérémie (Summoning the historical source | Place Dumas, Jérémie)". Grand'Anse Il Faut Bouger. Place Dumas, Jérémie (site specific). Jérémie, Grand'Anse, Haiti.
  • Julian Stetkevych, Kathleen Jaremski, Laura Godwin, Ann Mazzocca, 2018 Global Status of Women and Girls Conference, "Directing Antigone: Process of Protest," Newport News, VA, USA. (2018)
  • Ann Mazzocca, Dasha Chapman, Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire, Dance Black Joy: Global Affirmations and Defiance/CADD Third Bi-Annual Conference, "The Politics of Intercultural Performance: Recalling Dismembered Histories in Jeremie, Haiti," Duke University, Durham, NC. (2018)
  • Ann Mazzocca, Dasha Chapman, Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire, KOSANBA/Vodou in the Twenty-First Century: Identity and Challenges, "Forging Lakou in the Grand Rue: Performance, Difference, and Vodou," Xavier University, New Orleans, LA. (2017)
  • Ann Mazzocca, Performing Africana Art and Culture: Repression, Resistance, and Renewal, "Activating Petwo’s Kinesthetic Imagination in Port-au- Prince: Performance, Revolution, and Vodou," University of North Carolina, Charlotte. (2017)
  • Ann Mazzocca, Beyond Authenticity and Appropriation: Bodies, Authorship and Choreographies of Transmission, "Activating Petwo’s Kinesthetic Imagination: Collaboration and Conversation," Pomona College, Claremont, CA. (2016)

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