Dr. RAS Mikey (Michael) Courtney

Dr. RAS Mikey (Michael)

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313-577-3508

Biography

Dr. RAS Mikey Courtney is an acclaimed performing arts professional who explores the concept of ‘movement as cultural knowledge’, by using the arts as a conduit for cultural understanding in communities globally. Dr. RAS is currently an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University and holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the UARTs in Philadelphia and an Advanced MA degree in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick in Ireland, where he also completed his PhD in Arts Practice Research. His doctoral thesis “Bridging Horizons: Embodied Cultural Understanding Through the Development and Presentation of Ethio-Modern Dance,” explores his artistic practice as a main methodology and embodiment as a central theoretical underpinning. Dr. RAS’ works reflect his diverse cultural experiences and investigate the relevance of embodied cultural knowledge within performance and education. In conjunction with teaching and producing various works with his company Fore Im a Versatile Entertainer (F.I.V.E.) LLC, since 1999, Dr. RAS has also collaborated with artists and companies from around the world, including Pilobolus, Raven-Symoné, Major Lazer, the Marley family, Chronixx, Irish Aid, AfroFlow, Skales, and the International Organization of Migration in Addis Ababa, to name a few. “Movement is life and I’m a Lifist” www.rasmikeyc.com