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Franki Graham, Artistic Coordinator, Contemporary Dance, is a Baltimore-based dancer, choreographer and dance educator. She holds a Master’s Degree in Dance Performance from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England, where she graduated with distinction. Funded as a Leverhulme Scholar, she danced as a member of Transitions Dance Company 2014-15 under the artistic direction of David Waring, performing and internationally touring original works by choreographers Stefanie Batten-Bland, Ikky Maas, and Dog Kennel Hill Project. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, was a Linehan Artist Scholar, and also earned Education and Honors certificates. As a performer, Graham currently dances with D.C. based RebollarDance (since 2016) and Baltimore Dance Project (since 2009). In 2016, Graham co-founded, and continues to co-artistic direct, LucidBeings Dance with artist Jeanna Riscigno. LucidBeings’ work has been selected and presented as part of multiple programs throughout the DMV area since its establishment, most notably including the Maryland Council for Dance Artist Concert (2019), the Baltimore Dance Invitational (2018 and 2019), the Maryland Choreographer’s Showcase (2018), the Richmond Dance Festival (2017 and 2018), and the VelocityDC Dance Festival (2017), among others. The company premiered their first evening length work, The Edge Effect, in the spring of 2019. For the past 10 years, Graham’s work as a choreographer and educator have taken her across the region working with dancers and students of all ages and abilities, in various public, private and professional settings. She has staged numerous original full length student productions, including an adaptation of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” and a site specific dance piece based on the book “Zoom” by Istvan Banyai. Her notable teaching posts include the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, directing the Apprentice Company at Kinetics Dance Theatre, and teaching as adjunct faculty for the University of Maryland Baltimore County Department of Dance, in addition to her work at the Peabody Preparatory.