Cindy García is an Associate Professor who is the founding editor of the open access, bilingual publication Contours: Arts. Activism. Pathways, published through the University of Minnesota Libraries. She is a dance and cultural theorist, community-engaged performance ethnographer, and playwright in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota.

Her research and teaching interests include anti-racist arts and activism, the cultural politics of migration, race and performance in the Americas, and decolonial feminist ethnography. Her current research in Cuba has two primary focuses: anti-racist activist practice 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