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 many 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 arts nonprofits, 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 and collaborate with dynamic visionaries to enhance their current programs.

My mission motto is to be movement motivating movements –to transmute embodied movements into social activism: self-awareness, emotional expression, personal conflict-resolution, interpersonal communication, and relationship-building. Below is a detailed list of my current interests and explorations.

Movement Lens

  • Diasporic dance traditions and freestyle — Caribbean (e.g. Haitian folklore, Afro-Cuban, and Latin styles) Afrobeats, house, step, belly dance
  • contemporary interpretations of ancient dance rituals
  • 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)
  • aromatherapy (focus on essential oil classifications and applications)
  • breathing techniques
  • anxiety intervention
  • social emotional learning
  • work-life integration & self-care

Community Engagement

  • multicultural education
  • youth empowerment and mentorship
  • socially-conscious programming and organizational development

Professional Affiliations

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