Who Is Kei Anisah?

If you are asking the question, here is her response…

Words are things and names hold meaning. Kei has origins in Japan, Africa, and Hawaii. In kanji (Japanese written characters), it transcribes to blessing, wise, jubilation, respect, firefly, among others. Like kanji, I embody multiple qualities in one persona. The translation of Kei I choose to uphold is reverence. Anisah means intimate, friendly in Arabic. While my formal name is Kei Anisah Phillip, I express my artistry as Kei Anisah— a person, an entity, and an intention.

I AM a creatrix, a black indigenous person of many colors, a movement-based artist, education administrator, Reiki II practitioner and member of various communities.  Introspection and dance improvisation have enriched the ways I express myself, approach my work, and discover hidden potential. Moving alone and with others has shown me ways to connect, change, and cultivate ideas and human relationships simultaneously. Holding a B.A. from Barnard College in Dance & Psychology, I began my career in nonprofit management, distinguishing myself as an intern with a knack for designing systems that bridged gaps in operational inefficiencies and supported interdependence between institutional data, people, and programs.  My expertise is in community arts initiatives, student affairs, and enrichment programming for pre-teens (ages 9-12).

I received an M.A. at Teachers College’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute with a goal of transforming my intuitive practices into professional prowess. My research exploration included mind-body integration, social-emotional learning and theoretical approaches to creativity and group dynamics. Using these methodologies, research on cultural art forms, and my personal practices, I design experiential wellness workshops for people of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Through my mantra — movement motivating movements, I affirm my desire to transmute embodied movements into social activism: self-awareness, emotional expression, personal conflict-resolution, interpersonal communication, relationship-building, and strategic partnerships. Please review a detailed list of my current interests and explorations below.

Movement Lens

  • Diasporic dance traditions and freestyle (i.e. Afro-Cuban, West African, Latin, Afrobeat, dancehall, soca, tap, step, belly dance, modern)
  • liturgical dance (contemporary interpretations of ancient dance rituals across cultures)
  • movement of bodies in context (psychosocial observation, performance, and analysis)
  • Laban Movement Analysis and Barteniff Fundamentals

Holistic-Spiritual Approaches

  • Energy work (Usui Reiki, 12-chakra system, kundalini, clairsentience)
  • BodyMind Dancing™ (training in progress)
  • the field of somatics and its commonalities
  • aromatherapy (focus on essential oil classifications and applications)
  • breathing techniques
  • anxiety intervention
  • trauma-informed practices
  • social emotional learning
  • work-life integration & self-care

Community Engagement

  • innovative wellness spaces and socially-conscious programming
  • youth empowerment and mentorship
  • anti-racist education and cross-cultural communication

Professional Affiliations

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