Cuauhtémoc Peranda, MFA (Mexica/Aztec & Mescalero Apache) is a First-Year PhD student in the Critical Dance Studies Program at the University of California, Riverside. He is a Benjamin E. Mays Mellon Fellow, and a recipient of the prestigious Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship. He has had to honor of presenting his award winning research on Vogue/Voguing at the Queer People of Color Regional Conference at the University of California, Davis, and the Queer Yo’ Mind Conference at San Francisco State University. In 2009, he studied under Dr. Ramón Rivera-Servera, PhD at Northwestern University through the competitive Research Opportunities Program Fellowship, and graduated in 2010, with Honors, from Stanford University with a BA Degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. While training at Mills College for his MFA in Choreography and Performance, he established his art & dance company: Mitote Choreographics.
Cuauhtémoc’s artistic and academic interests examine Contemporary Dance’s decolonial possibilities by ways of the imbedded Native American dance protocols; additionally, he explores Queer & Quare Fierceness in Voguing as a tool for gender and identity resistance, and a vehicle for healing and preventing suicide. His dance work has been presented throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Seattle, Cambridge, London, Germany, and he has traveled through the United States, Canada and Mexico as a performer. His writings on decolonial dance practices will be published in the forthcoming Queer Chicana/o Xicana/o Spiritualities Anthology.