Jalisa Roberts

artivist | choreographer | educator using dance as a language and a means to process the world, spark conversation, and build community.



Jalisa Roberts is a writer, educator, Black Studies scholar, singer, and choreographer. With more than 20 years of dance experience locally and internationally, she has most recently trained in modern and African forms of dance at Swarthmore College, and explores how all of these different artistic interests live in one body and influence each other.

Her choreography sparks conversations on identity and memory. Much of Jalisa's work explores how individuals relate to and influence groups, and how our narratives on similar events can differ greatly based on our individual experiences.

As dance has been an essential part of her identity and wellbeing, Jalisa's mission is to use dance to create space for dialogue and change. Currently, she is a freelance artist, consultant, and educator in New Orleans and is the founder of The Cocoon: Youth Empowerment Program.