Ya-Ya Fairley hails from Newark, New Jersey. They recently completed their Master of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of Utah. A few years prior, Ya-Ya graduated from Bates College (ME) with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology & Dance. Since graduating, Ya-Ya has held commissioned residencies at Yale School of Drama, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA), Bates College and Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School (MA). Their work explores the unearthing of social identity politics (race, gender, sexuality) as it relates to this heightened political moment of anti-blackness, transphobia and hyper surveillance through live performance. Ya-Ya has danced for Steve Koester, Eric Handman, Satu Hummastic, Michael Foley and Nicholas Leichter among others. As a dance-maker, Ya-Ya uses Black Feminist Theory as a launching pad for generating movement. Ya-Ya has also curated and co-created a plethora of performance installations, screendances and site-specific works. As an emerging scholar/practitioner, Ya-Ya strives to highlight those voices and bodies living and dancing on the margins.