Joselli Audain Deans, originally from Brooklyn, joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1979 after receiving most of her training at the company’s school. During her career with DTH she danced numerous roles, including “the accused as a child” in Agnes de Mille’s Fall River Legend, the Bride in Geoffrey Holder’s Dougla, and demi-soloist roles in Swan Lake and George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. A scholar and an artist, she holds a Doctorate in Dance Education from Temple University. Her dissertation focuses on Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson and analyzes the racial and cultural politics that operated during their careers. She has taught at Philadanco and several academic institutions; presented her work at scholarly conferences, including at the International Association of Blacks in Dance, the Society of Dance History Scholars and Corps de Ballet International; and has had her work published including on Columbia University’s Library website. She has served as a consultant for several institutions and projects including  DTH, ABT, Pennsylvania Ballet, the Dance Oral History Project for NYPL, the documentary Black Ballerina, and is a design and facilitation team member for the Equity Project: Increasing the Presence of Blacks.