ALICIA DIAZ—dance artist and educator. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alicia is co-director of Agua Dulce Dance Theater with Matthew Thornton and dance faculty at the University of Richmond. Her dance making is informed by contemporary dance, martial arts, improvisation, and somatic practices to create works that spark the imagination and provoke thought. Her work has been presented in the United States, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Cuba, Argentina, Spain, and Mexico. She has danced professionally with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Donald Byrd/The Group (The Harlem Nutcracker), Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Andanza: Compañía Puertorriqueña de Danza Contemporánea, Alice Farley Dance Theater, Contemporary Motions, and the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company as well as numerous independent choreographers including Marion Ramírez and Steven Iannacone. Her recent collaboration with Puerto Rican percussionist Héctor “Coco” Barez, Deep Listening, was featured in the PBS TV program Puerto Rican Voices: It Takes One (Season 2-Episode 3), co-produced by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.