Alicia Graf Mack
Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance
Alicia Graf Mack (Columbia, Maryland) is a former lead dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has also been a principal ballerina with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Alicia has danced as a guest performer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Beyoncé, John Legend, Andre 3000 and most recently, Alicia Keys on the 2013 Set the World on Fire World Tour. In addition, she’s appeared at many galas and festivals including the Youth America Grand Prix and the International Stars of the 21st Century. She has made national television appearances as a featured guest on Live with Kelly and Michael and The Tavis Smiley Show.
Alicia graduated magna cum laude with honors in History from Columbia University and holds a MA in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2007, Smithsonian Magazine named Alicia an American Innovator of the Arts and Sciences.
Alicia is a recipient of the Columbia University Medal of Excellence, an award given each year to one alumnus who has demonstrated excellence in their field of work. In 2008, she had the honor of delivering the keynote address to the graduates of Columbia University’s School of General Studies. In 2010, she served as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Dance at Webster University in St. Louis.
Alicia is a gifted writer. She has contributed to some of the most prestigious national magazines in her industry; Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine and Dance Spirit. Recently, she wrote the historic cover story, “Beyond Role Models” for Pointe Magazine’s June/July 2014 diversity issue featuring Ashley Murphy, Ebony Williams and Misty Copeland. She also authored the foreword of "American Dance: The Complete Illustrated History" by Margaret Fuhrer. Alicia reaches tens of thousands of readers every day through social media, where she chronicles her life and love for dance, her challenges and triumphs.
Alicia Graf Mack is the Co-Founder of D(n)A Arts Collective, an initiative that she created with her sister, Daisha, to empower and enrich the human experience through dance and music (www.dnaartscollective.com).