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Bhumi Patel

a brown skinned queer woman with long black hair smiles at the camera

Bhumi Patel

Graduate Teaching Associate


316 Sullivant Hall
1813 N High St
Columbus OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Queer Diaspora
  • Improvisation
  • De/Post/Anti-coloniality
  • Embodied Research
  • Radical, Political Performance
  • Experimental Choreographies


  • MFA Dance, Mills College
  • MA American Dance Studies, Florida State University
  • BA Creative Writing and Dance, Agnes Scott College

Movement artist and writer Bhumi B Patel is a PhD candidate in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University (she/they). She directs pateldanceworks and is a queer, desi, home-seeker, and science fiction choreographer. In its purest form, she creates performance works as a love letter to her ancestors. While Patel has trained in Western forms, she seeks to create movement outside of white models of dance at the intersection of embodied research and generating new futures, using improvisational practice for voice and body as a pursuit for liberation. Patel seeks liberation through dancing, choreographing, curating, teaching, and scholarship and attends to her desires to create nourishing community spaces. 

Patel earned her MA in American Dance Studies from Florida State University and her MFA in Dance from Mills College. She is a member of Dancing Around Race, founded by Gerald Casel, and engages with curatorial practices for both performances and written publications. Patel’s work has been presented at Movement Research (NY), The Asia Pacific Dance Festival (Manoa, Hawai’i), Urban Arts Space (Columbus, OH), Human Resources (LA), CounterPulse (SF), Joe Goode Annex (SF), RoundAntennae (Berkeley), SAFEhouse Arts (SF), max10 (Santa Cruz), RAWdance's Concept Series (SF), The San Francisco International Arts Festival, Berkeley Finnish Hall, PUSHfest (SF), Shawl-Anderson’s Queering Dance Festival (Berkeley), and Deborah Slater’s Studio 210 Residency (SF). Bhumi has been a Lead Artist with SAFEhouse Arts, an Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow, and a Women of Color in the Arts Leadership through Mentorship Fellow. She has presented her research at the Dance Studies Association Annual conference, the Asia Pacific Dance Festival Conference, the National Women's Studies Association, the Popular Culture Association Annual conference, and other symposia. Patel been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Life as a Modern Dancer, Contact Quarterly, and InDance. She serves as Editorial Assistant for Choreographic Practices. Bhumi is a 2022-2023 Dance/USA Fellow and a 2023 YBCA 100 Honoree. Making art is her way of tracing the deeply woven connections in which we live–past, present, future–as a way to build communities of nourishment and care.

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