Jalisa Roberts

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

relevant experience

Ensemble Member, Vessels Performance (premiere-fall 2018): 

VESSELS is a seven-woman harmonic meditation on the transcendental possibilities of song during the Middle Passage. Experienced within an interactive and acoustically rich sculptural environment that invokes those infamous ships, this interdisciplinary ritual performance explores singing as a survival tool and asks, “What does freedom sound like in a space of confinement?” Vessels will premier in 2018 on a floating barge in New Orleans and then tour to East Coast port cities that were active during the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Swarthmore College, Class of 2013

Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Black Studies and Dance (Composition/Choreography)

Technique Classes (1996-Current):

  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Modern
  • Umfundalai
  • traditional Ghanaian dance/drumming j

Choreographer/Dancer, Rhythm N Motion Student Dance Company, Swarthmore College (2010-2013)

Choreographer/Teacher, Chester Children’s Chorus Festival Girls Program (2011-2012)

Dancer, UNESCO Michael Jackson World Peace concert; University of Ghana (Fall 2011)



Gaia. | 2013


[Porcupines.] | 2012


[safe] space. | 2011