Bhumi Patel

black and white image of a south asian woman with short black hair looking at the camera with a soft smile

Bhumi Patel

Graduate Fellow

316 Sullivant Hall
1813 N High St
Columbus OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Improvisation
  • Embodied Research
  • Queer Studies
  • Decolonization


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

Bhumi B Patel (she/they) is a PhD student, a queer, desi artist/activist, and the Artistic Director of pateldanceworks. In its purest form, her performance work is a love letter to her ancestors. Her work involves dancing, choreographing, curating, educating, and writing as a pursuit for liberation, with the time and space to decolonize the body. She earned her MA in American Dance Studies from Florida State University and her MFA in Dance from Mills College. Patel’s work has been presented at SAFEhouse Arts, max10, Summer Performance Festival, RAWdance's Concept Series, The San Francisco International Arts Festival, Berkeley Finnish Hall, PUSHfest, Shawl-Anderson’s Queering Dance Festival, and Deborah Slater’s Studio 210 Residency. She has been funded by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Rainin Foundation, Dancers' Group, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and The Center for Cultural Innovation. Bhumi has presented her research at Dance Studies Association's Annual Conference and Popular Culture Association's Annual Conference. Patel has curated “fem(me),” a performance of radical queers, since 2017. Bhumi was a 2017-2018 Lead Artist with SAFEhouse Arts, a 2017-2018 Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow and a 2019 Women of Color in the Arts Leadership through Mentorship Fellow. She is a member of Dancing Around Race and Cat Call Choir. She has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Life as a Modern Dancer, Contact Quarterly, and InDance.

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