A native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Arneshia Williams is an educator, choreographer, and performer currently based in Minnesota. She has presented at the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, Imagining America, the South Carolina Council for African American Studies Conference, and the National Dance Association. She has presented choreography at the Exchange Choreography Festival, Red Eye Theater, South Carolina’s SCAPHERD Conference, and Benedict College.
She has received scholarships, grants, and fellowships from American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, and the University of Colorado Boulder. She received continued training and performance opportunities with Jacquelyn Stokes/The Dance Collective, Minister Gail-Faust/4Trinity Evangelistic Dance, Gesel Mason, Millicent Johnnie, Larry Southall, Teena Marie, and Helanius Wilkins.
She obtained her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in dance and received a Certificate in Comparative Ethnic Studies with a Religious Studies secondary emphasis. She taught at Benedict College, the University of Colorado Boulder, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at St. Olaf College. She looks forward to contributing to the St. Olaf Dance Department.