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Bonnie Cox is a dance graduate student at The University of Colorado Boulder where she combines the disciplines of dance, performance studies, women and gender studies, and ethnic studies to explore identity in performance, the process of dis-identifying from hegemonic views on marginalized identities, and incorporating decolonial theories into research, pedagogy, performance and choreography. Her present research investigates identity politics and the performance and aesthetics of borders. As a graduate instructor at CU Boulder she currently teaches modern dance and dance in popular culture and media, a lecture course that deconstructs the roles of race, class, gender and sexuality in dance phenomena. Bonnie received her BFA in dance from Texas State University in 2011 where she was a student teacher 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. Bonnie has studied with acclaimed choreographers in the U.S., Mexico, and Colombia. She was nominated for an Austin Chronicle critic’s choice award 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.