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Chicana dance artist Bonnie Cox explores identity and social phenomena through performance choreography and pedagogy. She currently serves as the Director of Dance at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, and Co-Director of Geografía, a dance festival that centralizes the work of Latinx dance artists in Texas. As an artist in residence in Tijuana, Mexico, Bonnie performed, choreographed, and taught with Lux Boreal Compañía de Danza from 2018-2019. She received her MFA in Dance from The University of Colorado Boulder in Spring 2018 where she directed CU Contemporary Dance Works, taught contemporary dance technique, dance history, and dance theory. Bonnie has been teaching studio courses in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop dance at various studios in Mexico, Colorado, and Texas for the last ten years. Bonnie has worked with acclaimed choreographers from Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Germany, and has performed in New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Rosarito, El Paso, Houston, and Denver. Bonnie received her BFA in dance from Texas State University in 2011 where she was a teaching assistant and member of Merge Dance Company. She danced with Diverse Space Dance Theater, Sharon Marroquin, Shay Ishii Dance Company, and Nicole Roerick Collective in Austin, Texas. She was the artistic director of Dance To Empower, a social justice-based dance company in Austin, Texas from 2011-2013. She was nominated for an Austin Chronicle critic’s choice award in 2013 for her production Silence to Power: Dance as a response to trauma, through which she encouraged dance artists to transform trauma and societal pressures into growth and power through performance and choreography. Bonnie continues to use dance to confront social issues and empowers her students to artistically express their authentic selves and give voice to issues that are important to them.