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During her high schcol years Zollar danced in talent shows.

For Bones and Ash: A Gilda Story (1995), Jewelle Gomez adapted a script from her book, The Gilda Stories.

The following year, Zollar was a Regents Lecturer in the Departments of Dance and World Arts and Culture at the University of California at Lost Angeles (UCLA) and in 1996 she served as Visiting Artist at Ohio State University.

She has also been granted tenure at Florida State University.

Choreographer, dancer Began Dance Training Founded Dance Troupe Won Numerous Awards High Demand as Lecturer Selected Works Sources Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is the choreographer and artistic director of Urban Bush Women, a primarily New York-based ensemble of dancers who blend contemporary idioms and the folklore and spiritual traditions of African Americans to create dance/music/theater works that celebrate the struggle, growth, transformation, and survival of the human spirit.

The troupe has been described as a blend of modern and jazz choreography, Caribbean and African Rhythms, tribal chants, gospel testifying, and ghetto swagger.

For Bones and Ash: A Gilda Story (1995), Jewelle Gomez adapted a script from her book, The Gilda Stories. The following year, Zollar was a Regents Lecturer in the Departments of Dance and World Arts and Culture at the University of California at Lost Angeles (UCLA) and in 1996 she served as Visiting Artist at Ohio State University. She has also been granted tenure at Florida State University. Choreographer, dancer Began Dance Training Founded Dance Troupe Won Numerous Awards High Demand as Lecturer Selected Works Sources Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is the choreographer and artistic director of Urban Bush Women, a primarily New York-based ensemble of dancers who blend contemporary idioms and the folklore and spiritual traditions of African Americans to create dance/music/theater works that celebrate the struggle, growth, transformation, and survival of the human spirit.The troupe has been described as a blend of modern and jazz choreography, Caribbean and African Rhythms, tribal chants, gospel testifying, and ghetto swagger.The third of six children, Zollar grew up in an inner city environment. Career: Urban Bush Women dance troupe, founder and artistic director, 1984-; dance pieces include: Girlfriends, Bitter Tongue, Batty Moves, Transitions, Self-Portrait, Hands Singing Song, I Live In Music, Soul Deep, and Hair Stories; troupe has performed across the United States, in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America; pieces have been set on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Philadelphia Dance Company; Florida State University, faculty member, 1977-80; National Endowment of the Arts Choreography fellow in 1992, 1993, 1994; Mankato State University Worlds of Thought program, resident scholar, 1994; UCLA, Department of Dance and Worlds Culture, Regents lecturer, 1995-96; Florida State University, professor of dance, 1997-.