Lovar Davis Kidd (he/him/they), a native of Cedar Rapids, is an interdisciplinary performer, a dance researcher focused on the Black dancing body, musician, poet, and dance maker. He is an MFA candidate in choreography at the University of Iowa. L.D. engages in choreographic research that is grounded in the intersection of contemporary movement practices with Black vernacular aesthetics. Through studying African American secular dance, percussion, and orthopraxy of the 21st century, he is seeking a deeper understanding of how the dancing body is a vessel for spiritual communication. Dance is a powerful explorative practice; therefore, intertwining percussion, dance, and spirituality is a tool for revolutionary freedom. His art-making process reflects his Black heritage and is rooted in social justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging (EDIAB), as is his work through his company, 100% OVER RACISM. L.D. has performed extensively in dance and musical theatre productions throughout the United States. Most notably, Kidd performed in the 2011-12 Second National Tour of Lin Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights, Tim Rice & Elton John’s Aida at Sacramento Music Circus, Disney California Adventure Park’s Aladdin “A Musical Spectacular,” and with the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. L.D. has also danced for Helanius J. Wilkins’ EDGEWORKS Dance Theater and Los Angeles-based dance companies Word In Motion and Urban Poets.
As an educator, L.D. has taught in various capacities. He is a teaching artist with Throughline Arts, specializing in arts integration with K-8 students. L.D. also worked as an adjunct instructor at the University of Iowa for 10 years, teaching jazz, tap, hip-hop and dance for musical theatre. In addition, L.D. is the founder of MOvMNT Dance Company, a nonprofit contemporary and hip-hop dance company in Cedar Rapids that has had the privilege of providing hundreds of under-served students with affordable dance classes and performance opportunities for 13 years.
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