Ruby Morales is a dance artivist investigating culturally informed teaching methods, circular leadership models, and her relationship with movement as a bgirl and Mexican-style cumbia. After receiving a BFA from ASU, she completed Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute and The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond’s Undoing Racism Training. She currently tours with renowned creative Liz Lerman performing her work Wicked Bodies, CONTRA-TIEMPO Activist Dance Theater, and Tucson, AZ-based choreographer Yvonne Montoya. She recently toured her evening-length show, Breaking Pachanga, as part of her partnership with the City of Tempe. She’s CONTRA-TIEMPO’s Director of Development and co-founder of The Pachanga Collective in Arizona. Ruby is a 2021 NALAC ALI Fellow, a 2021 ILI Fellow, and a 2023 Critical Response Process Certification Program participant. She’s been awarded a Research and Development Grant and Professional Development Grant from the AZ Commission on the Arts, The Artist Forward Fund from Artlink, a Phoenix Project Support Grant, and Phoenix Stabilization Grant.
“As I am moved to uproot systems, plant seeds of thought, and inspire love through movement, I am eager to learn from and alongside other Latine leaders who are creating powerful waves change and spaces of affirmation for themselves and their close communities.”