Founded in 2005, Movement of the People Dance Company is dedicated to addressing sociocultural injustices through dance. MOPDC connects cultures through dance, composing socially conscious choreography and community engagement. MOPDC has performed in various festivals and venues including: BAM, Lincoln Center, SummerStage, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Movement Research @ Judson Church, Human Rights Art Festival (Maryland & NYC), and York University (Toronto, ON). The company holds an annual Free Day of Dance and acclaimed Winter Intensive.
Joya Powell is a Bessie Award winning choreographer and educator passionate about community, activism, and dances of the African Diaspora. Her company, Movement of the People, has performed in venues such as: BAM, Lincoln Center, SummerStage, and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. She has choreographed various Off Broadway plays including: The Trojan Women by Ellen McLaughlin (2017 Drama Desk Award nomination). Joya has taught and studied internationally in Brazil, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Israel. She was a 2016-2017 Dancing While Black Fellow, and currently is a Women in Motion Commissioned Artist and faculty at Hunter College.