MK Abadoo selected as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch in 2018"

January 10, 2018


Congratulations to MFA Dance graduate, MK Abadoo ('16) on being selected by Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to Watch in 2018”. Being recognized as a “Breakout Star of 2018” is certainly an amazing way to start the new year! Dance Magazine recognizes early-career dancers, choreographers and companies, each year, who are on the verge of “breaking out”  in their "25 to Watch" feature.


Abadoo’s work boldly confronts issues about race, gender and social inequalities and their impact on the world. She artfully combines contemporary African dance, classical American and postmodern techniques, traditional Ghanaian movements and social Funk styles. MK is also a 2016-2017 U.S. Fulbright Fellow. She is the second Theatre, Dance and Performnce Studies student to recieve a Fulbright grant. Thanks to the grant, MK conducted eight months of research on Ghanaian dance at the Academy of Music, Dance and Drama at the Noyam African Dance Institute (Noyam) in Dodowa, Ghana. 



   Abadoo performing in Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home - C. Stanley Photography

"I'm overjoyed and honored to be included on the "25 to Watch" List. I remember reading Dance Magazine as a young dancer, paying close attention to who made the list every year, and being very inspired by the artists included. I'm excited for the opportunities and connections that may emerge, especially in establishing creative development partners for my work to be presented in the communities that I and my collaborators call home." - MK Abadoo
Abadoo is among several extremely talented breakout artist selected. See who else made Dance Magazine's list of "25 to Watch in 2018". MK is clearly one of The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies' rising stars and we're excited to see more from her in the future!
The good news is that we won't have to wait long to see what MK is doing next because, "The first stop will be back in the UMD/DC metro area, at Dance Place. On May 5-6, I and co-director, Vaughn Middler (also UMD alum), will remount Wake Up!, a dance theatre adaptation of Spike Lee's 1988 film, School Daze...", says Abadoo.
By Kenia Prophet