Dancer and Choreographer Aneka McMullen is an independent performing and teaching artist who lives to dance through life, inspire & connect with all people through her passion for movement of all types. She holds a BFA in dance from The Ohio State University and her extensive dance experience spans many genres such as Hip Hop, West African, Modern, Afro Modern, Jazz, and Ballet. Aneka’s dynamic skill set includes performance, choreography, freestyle, and instruction.
Aneka is a co- founder and artistic director of Epitome-No Question, an open Old Skool Hip Hop dance ensemble dedicated to celebrating the community conscious roots of Hip Hop culture through dance theater.
She has recently completed five seasons with BLAQ, an Afro Modern Observance based dance company in the twin cities as well as a teaching residence with the Ordway’s Dance to Learn program. Additional company work includes Minneapolis based Black Pearl, Threads Dance Project, Brkfst Dance Company (In New Company), Ananya Dance Theater (Women in Motion) and C Dance Company in Columbus, OH.
Her work has been featured in Lori Carlos’s Late Nite Series, Minnesota Mosaic (Pantages Theater), Black Choreographer’s Evening (Intermedia Arts), the ground-breaking B Girl Be-Women In Hip Hop festival, the 2019 Special Edition of the award-winning Rooted Hip Hop Choreographer’s Evening & Sistah Solo, the 2018 16 Feet: Splashes of Dance Choreographer’s evening, and most recently, Body Prayers 2021 Choreographer’s Evening for Walker Art Center.
Aneka has been awarded the Cultural Community Partnership grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board & the Momentum New Dance Works grant from the Jerome Foundation.
Photo by Awa Mally