Binahkaye Joy | Resume

Dancer | Doula | Writer | Movement Facilitator | Visionary Space Activator 

Photo by Colin A. Danville

Photo by Colin A. Danville

Creative Movement & Writing Facilitation

~Community Enrichment Programs~

New Mommy Writers’ Workshop | Washington, DC & Virtual ● July 2014—present ● Creator & Facilitator ● Leading dialogue circles about developing the writing practice, constructing writing exercises, and designing writing prompts for mothers interested in cultivating their own writing processes.

Community Movement Clinic | Washington, DC ● October 2012—present ● Producer & Movement Facilitator ● Facilitate ongoing dance classes and workshops for the community to investigate themes relevant to wellness, stress relief, collaborative projects, and community issues through movement; create and implement movement processes for participants to explore and identify effective strategies for feeling healthy, happy, and whole in their bodies.

Trinidad & Tobago Community Dance Residency | Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago ● November 2010—March 2011 ● Artist-in-Residence & Dance Facilitator ● Produced and facilitated 4 months of community space activation labs, creative movement programs for schools, local artist collaborations, and community dance workshops in Trinidad.

“Dancing Our Power” Summer Dance & Leadership Program for Teen Girls | Washington, DC ● Summer 2009 ● Program Creator & Director ● Designed and facilitated movement-based curriculum for teenage girls to explore themes of leadership and empowerment through dance, writing, and personal development workshops.

Survivors Jubilee Dance Initiative | New Orleans, LA ● Summer 2006 ● Dance Activist & Movement Coordinator ● Facilitated dance for youth and adult residents of Post-Katrina New Orleans; organized creative movement activities for adult volunteer groups.

~Teaching Artist for Youth~ | Designing and facilitating interactive creative movement and play programs for youth (ranging from 2 to 18 years of age) that incorporate dance, other art forms, and the participant’s imagination.

Community/Artist Partnership Program with Alternate Routes, for the Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Program at the Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation ● Baltimore, MD Fall 2011

Higher Achievement Program ● Washington, DC ● Summer 2011

Sasha Bruce Summer Youth Enrichment ● Washington, DC ● Summer 2010

Lowell Summer Camp ● The Lowell School, Washington, DC ● Summer 2009

Project My Time with the City Youth Investment Trust Corporation ● Lincoln Middle School, Washington, DC ● Winter/Spring 2009

Additional Creative Movement for Youth in Washington, DC area schools ● St. Alban’s Early Childhood Center, Spring/Summer 2007 ● African Immigrant & Refugee Foundation for Cardozo Senior High, April—June 2007 ● Hope Community Charter School, Spring 2007 ● Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Performing Arts, July 2005-May 2007, July 2008 ● Higher Achievement Program, Summer 2003 ● Berean Baptist Church Dance Ministry, 1998-2005

~Creative Movement for Adults~

Healing Doctor/Feeling Doctor Program at Children’s National Medical Center

Washington, DC ● 2011 & 2012 ● Devising and presenting dance and creative movement activities for doctors ● Collaborating with art therapists to create a comprehensive workshop curriculum.

“Crossing the River” with The Rebecca Project for Human Rights

Washington, DC & Baltimore, MD ● December 2007-June 2010 ● Implementing movement into written and spoken word workshops for people in recovery from substance abuse; facilitating dance, breath, and relaxation processes at prisons and rehabilitation centers.

Music & Movement Therapy for the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools

Knoxville, TN & Rochester, NY ● Summer 2008 ● Instructed Freedom School teachers on methods for utilizing movement in their classrooms; facilitated dance workshops for youth in the Freedom Schools; organized movement sessions for national training conference. 

Doula Work Experience

~Pre-Certification Services~ | Multiple families ● 2007—present ● Designing movement programs for pregnant clients; attending births and assisting as a birth coach; providing postpartum support for mothers and their families.


~Provisional Doula Certificate~ | International Center for Traditional Childbearing Portland, OR March 2013—present

 Education, Training & Original Research

~Continuing Education~

International Center For Traditional Childbearing Portland, OR March 2013 Full Circle Doula Training, Studied historical context of midwifery, diverse birth processes, the role of the community doula, and birth and postpartum doula care.

Zilphia III Cultural Arts Organizing Institute Highlander Research & Education Center, TN May 2012 Explored intersections and applications of arts and cultural practices within social justice movements

The Kennedy Center’s Artist as Educators Seminar Washington, DC June 2012 & December 2011 Invited to participate in “Anatomy of a Lesson: Designing Instruction”, “Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration” and “Mapping the Journey: Planning Effective Residencies for Students” ● Successfully completed seminar and devised an arts-integrated curriculum.

Advancing Youth Leadership Training Seminar Washington, DC January 2009 Learned strategies for maximizing youth participation and enthusiasm and alternatives to adultist approaches.

International Association for Human Values New Orleans, LA ● June-August, 2006 ● Youth Leadership Training Program ● Studied and shared stress and trauma-relief tools using breathing exercises with survivors of Hurricane Katrina; implemented outreach campaigns.

Urban Bush Women Summer Dance Institute ● Brooklyn, NY July 2004 & 2005 ● Community Arts Practicum ● Explored tools needed to design arts programming with communities.


The College of William & Mary ● Williamsburg, VA, May 2004 ● Bachelor of Arts Degree in African Diaspora Studies, Minor in Dance ● Studied modern dance; produced original research and choreography.

Senior Honors Thesis, High Honors Recipient November 2003-May 2004 ● “Inverting the Primitive: An Analysis of Pearl Primus’ “Re/presentation” of African Dance Forms” ● Designed research project to explore Primus’ innovative methods of studying, teaching, and articulating the diversity and intricacies of African dance forms.

~Multi-National Studies~

Quest for Global Peace & Healing Conference | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia ● May 2006 ● Dance Facilitator ● Designed dance workshops for international conference; collaborated with global youth advocates on peace-building strategies.

National Dance Company of Ghana Accra, Ghana ● April 2003 ● Interned with F. Nii Yartey, Artistic Director ● Researched choreographic methodologies and cross/inter-cultural teaching styles.

Ghana Arts & Culture Semester Abroad Program School for International Training, Spring 2003 ● “Dancing Out the Slave: Exploring the Creative Processes of Artistic and Cultural Memory of Trans-Atlantic Slavery.” ● Studied Ghanaian artists’ ways of remembering Trans-Atlantic slavery through movement and theatre; choreographed original work for dance majors at the University of Ghana, Legon about interactions between African people reconnecting from different parts of the Diaspora.


“Cornrows” in Woman’s Work Short story included in an anthology of women writers’ July 2010, GirlChild Press.

 Honors & Awards

Dance DC Festival Facilitator 2008, 2010 & 2011 Dance Workshops; Larry Neal Writer’s Award for short stories, 2008 “Chloe Mae”, 2010 “Eden This Time” & 2011 “We Lost Pauline”; Best of DC City Paper Awards Dance Facilitator for Awards Ceremony March 2010.



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