Cindy García is an Associate Professor, dance theorist, performance ethnographer, and playwright in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota.

Her research and teaching interests include the cultural politics of migration, race and performance in the Americas, feminist ethnography, Chicana/o and Latin/o American performance studies, and the gendered performances of latinidad in urban libidinal economies. Her current research in Cuba has two primary focuses: the Red Barrial Afrodescendiente’s anti-racist activism and the social dance gatherings of Volver a Vivir, a program operated by and for older Cubans.

Cindy is affiliated with the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Chicano and Latino Studies.

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Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Culture and Performance, University of California, 2005 -
  • M.A.: Dance, University of California, 2002 -
  • B.A.: Anthropology, University of Colorado, 1991 -


  • Race and Performance in the Americas
  • Choreographic Ethnography, Ethnography of Performance
  • Chicana/o and Latina/o Politics, Culture, and Performance
  • Dance and the Practices of Everyday Life