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Artist Bio

Performer, Teacher, Choreographer

Photo by IY Cardona

Dwight Dee R. Alaba, (former name Dwigth Dher R. Alaba), graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA degree in Dance. There she trained in various technique and styles of modern dance, ballet, West African, contact improvisation, improvisation, jazz, hiphop, dancemaking, teaching, and dance studies. 

 

Dee was born and raised in Davao, Philippines and grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois. She started dancing at the age of 3 and was influenced by her mom who was a professional dancer but she didn't start her technique training until college. Her only training before coming to Columbia College were cheerleading and from her high school’s dance team where she mostly trained in POM dance.

Dee had worked for various faculty members and other professional choreographers such as Keisha Beckford, Carrie Hanson, Rennie Harris, J'sun Howard, Chris Johnson, Erin Kilmurray, Dardi McGinley, Pam McNeil, Onye Ozuzu, Jessica Miller Tomlinson, and many more. She has also worked with dance companies as a member and collaborator such as, NEW DANCES 2018 and Loud Bodies.

 

Dee has performed on different stages such as The Dance Center, Auditorium Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art, Links Hall, Hamlin Park, Ruth Page Center For The Arts, Athenaeum Theater, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and UMD Marshall Performing Arts Center.

In Spring 2017 Dee's choreographic debut, Paradoxical, was chosen to represent The Dance Center at the ACDA (American College Dance Association) North Central Conference in Duluth, Minnesota. Paradoxical was chosen to perform at the Adjudicated Concert and subsequently at the culminating Gala Concert. Dee plans to continue pushing herself in the art, to travel and study in different places to expand her knowledge in dance and of course to collaborate with other artists.

Photo by Emily Scanlon