Dr Adesola Akinleye is a choreographer. She began her career dancing with Dance Theatre of Harlem, later working with Green Candle, Carol Straker and Union. Currently she creates dance works ranging from live performance that is often site-specific and involves a cross-section of the community to dance films, installations and texts. Her work is characterized by an interest voicing peoples’ lived experiences through creative moving portraiture. A key aspect of her process is the artistry of opening creative practices to everyone, from ballerinas to women in low-wage employment to performance for young audiences. Akinleye was awarded Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award, the ADAD Trailblazer Award and One Dance UK Champion Trailblazer and Woman of the Year in Community Dance by the Town of Islip, New York. In 2018 she was shortlisted for One Dance UK’s Impact in Dance Writing Award. She is a fellow of RSA. Akinleye is a Senior Lecture at Middlesex University.