Justine A. Lemos
PO Box 944
Mendocino, CA 95460
707-485-4439 (mobile) or 707-964-9347 (land)
Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, UC Riverside, 2009
M.A. (with distinction) Anthropology, UC Riverside, 2005
M.A. (with honor) Dance Studies, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 2003
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 1999
Ayurvedic Practitioner 2010
Ayurvedic Spiritual Counseling 2011
Jyotish with Komilla Sutton 2016
Certificate in Malayalam Language, Institute for Indian Studies, Trivandrum India, 2005
Certificate in Mohiniyattam Dance, Kerala Kalamandalam, India 2004
200-hour Certificate in Yoga Teaching and Practice, KRI, 2007
300-hour Certificate in Hatha Yoga Teaching and Practice, Western Yoga College, 2011
Experience 500 Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance, 2011
(500 hours training, 2000 hours teaching experience)
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Mira Costa College, Oceanside, CA, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012- present
World Dance and Cultures (live and on-line courses)
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Founder and Director of “At One Yoga,” Fort Bragg, CA, 2011-present
Founded and directed two financially stable yoga and dance studios in Fort Bragg, CA
Associate Faculty at Western Yoga College, 2011-2012
Featured teacher of classical Indian dance and yoga philosophy at yoga teacher training programs
Lecturer, Department of Global Studies, UC Riverside, CA 2009-2010
Introduction to Global Studies
Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA, 2010
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Professional Dancer and Dance Teacher
Nataraj Dance Company, 1996-Present
Danced in numerous international productions as a guest artist. Acted as assistant choreographer, dance instructor and consultant for major productions under the direction of Guru Ranjanaa Devi. Taught creative dance for children and adults.
American Association of University Women, Aliso Viejo, CA, 2008-2009
Wrote dissertation titled: “Transforming Lasya: Women Dancing Kerala.” Spoke at conferences and prepared papers for publication.
American Institute for Indian Studies, Ernakulam, Kerala, India, 2007-2008
Completed ethnographic, archival and oral history fieldwork for the dissertation.
Studied dance daily at Nryitha Shetra dance school in Cochin, India.
Taught dance at Mudra Center for Dance in Cochin, India.
Developed new modern dance choreography with the Mudra dancers.
Adjunct Professor: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Mt. San Jacinto Community College, Menifee, CA, 2006-2007
Prepared syllabi, readings and lectures. Held office hours (in-person and on-line). Provided academic counseling for students.
Gave lectures and fostered discussions in class. Assigned and graded papers. Prepared, administered and graded tests. Held on-line discussions/ chat sessions about course material. Used “ilearn” for added student interactions and discussions regarding assigned readings.
Research Assistant/ Course Developer with Dr. Sutherland
Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside, 2006-2007
Grant Writing, course assistance, historical research, writing, course material preparation.
Teaching Associate: Organizations as Cultural Systems
Departments of Anthropology and Business, University of California, Riverside, Summer 2006
Prepared syllabi, readings and lectures. Held office hours. Provided academic counseling for students. Gave lectures and fostered discussions in class. Designed, assigned and graded papers and exams.
Dance and Yoga Instructor
Inland Yoga, Riverside, CA 2005-2007
Taught Middle Eastern Dance.
Taught beginning classical Indian dance.
Taught anatomy and kinesiology for yoga students and teachers.
Teaching Assistant: Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Anthropology of Immigration
Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, University of California, Riverside, 2005-2007
Held office hours. Provided academic counseling for students. Gave lectures and fostered discussions in class. Graded papers. Prepared, administered and graded tests.
Instructor: Classical Indian Dance Theory and Technique (non-credit course)
Mills College, Oakland, CA, 2001-2003
Taught classical Indian dance technique and theory. Prepared readings, and course lesson plans.
Assistant to the Director
Asian Arts and Cultures Program, Fine Arts Center
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1999-2000
Marketing and publicity, grant writing and development for a world-renowned arts program at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Instructor: Dance and Cultures, Modern Dance
Amherst Regional High School, Amherst, MA 1999-2001
Developed curriculum and taught a program of world dance and modern dance for grades 9-12.
Global Studies II, UC Riverside, CA
World Dance Cultures, Mira Costa College, CA (Live and On-Line Courses)
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Mira Costa College, CA
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Saddleback College, CA
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Mt. San Jacinto College, CA
Organizations at Cultural Systems, (Teaching Associate in Anthropology), UC Riverside, CA
CHASS Interdisciplinary Course on Immigration, UC Riverside, CA (Teaching Assistant)
Introduction to Sociology, UC Riverside, CA (Teaching Assistant)
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, UC Riverside, CA (Teaching Assistant)
Introduction to Classical Indian Dance, Mills College, CA (Non-Credit course)
SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND RESEARCH AWARDS:
Name: Transforming Lasya
Funding Agency: American Association of University Women
Role: Dissertation Fellow
Name: Women's Dance in Kerala: An Exploration of Lasya
Funding Agency: American Institute for Indian Studies Dissertation Research Fellowship
Role Principle Investigator
Name: Yatra: Journey Through Indian Dance and Music
Funding Agency: Gluck Foundation for the Arts
Role: Performer, Lecturer
Dates: 2005-2006, 2006-2007, and 2008-2009
Name: Malayalam Studies
Funding Agency: American Institute for Indian Studies Summer Research
Dates: Summer 2005
Name: Dean’s Fellowship
Funding Agency: University of California, Riverside
Role: Graduate Student
Dates: 2003-2004, 2007-2008
Name: Study of Mohiniyattam Dance
Funding Agency: Fulbright Research Fellowship
Role: Research Fellow
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS:
Lemos, Justine and Mark Wright. "Embodied Signs: Gesture, Posture, and Movement in Maya Dance." Journal of Mesoamerican Studies. To be published 2017.
Lemos, Justine. "Unraveling Mohiniyattam's 'Outlaw'." In Liberal Arts Lore. Lexington Books. Forthcoming 2015.
Lemos, Justine. Radical recreation; Non-Iconic Movements of Tradition in Keralite Classical Dance. Semiotic Inquiry. Special Issue: Semiotics in Anthropology Today. 2015.
Lemos, Justine. "Rituals and Stories in Dance: Embodying a Living Tradition In India." Invited presentation at Asian Arts and Culture Program, Spirit and Soul Dialogues. February 2013
Lemos, Justine. “(Re)creation of an “Abominable” Institution: The Genesis of 20th Century Mohiniyattam Dance” invited lecture at Hampshire College February 2013.
Lemos, Justine. Rituals and Stories in Dance: Embodying a Living Tradition In India. Presented at Asian Arts and Culture Program Spirit and Soul Dialogues February 2013.
Lemos, Justine. “(Re)creation of an “Abominable” Institution: The Genesis of 20th Century Mohiniyattam Dance” presented at the Congress on Research in Dance 2012 Conference.
Lemos, Justine. “Inquiries into the Theory and Method of “Embodied Bracketing.” Paper presented at the Congress on Research in Dance and Society for Ethnomusicology “Moving Music/ Sounding Dance,” Joint Conference, 2011.
Lemos, Justine. Lessons in "God's Own Country": Living, Dancing and Learning in Kerala" IN Beyond Boundaries: Reflections of Indian and U.S. Scholars. Zeeshan-ul-hassan Usmani (Editor), Nibir K Ghosh (Editor). USEFI: 2007.
Lemos, Justine. “Mohiniyattam: The Epitome of Lasya.” MOMM: Monthly Dance Magazine, Vol. 135, February 2006. ChangMu Arts Center, Seoul, Korea.
Lemos, Justine. “Fusion and Confusion” Inside Arts, Washington, DC, 2003.
Lemos, Justine. “A Lesson in Religious Diversity from God’s Own Country”
Asian Voices from Afar an On-Line Publication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2003.
Lemos, Justine. “Teaching World Dance.” Dance and the Child International Newsletter. 2000.
Guest Lecture: “Performing Tourism in ‘God’s Own Country.’”
Department of Global Studies
UC Riverside, CA 2008.
Guest Lecture: "Bayaderes and Devadasis: Indian Dancers on the 19th Century Stage."
Five College Dance Department and Asian Arts and Culture Program
Amherst, MA, 2007.
Guest Lecture. “Classical Indian Music and Dance.” University of California, Riverside, 2006.
Guest Lecture. "Contextualizing the Anthropology of Asian Performance." Hampshire College, Massachusetts, 2006.
Guest Performance and Lecture: Benefit for Children in South Asia. Colorado College, Colorado, 2006.
Guest Lecture. “Bhaki and Kala: Classical Indian Dance.” Hampshire College, 2005.
Guest Performance. “Mohiniyattam: Kalamandalam Style.” Benefit for South Asian Children’s Fund. Colorado College, 2004.
SELECTED PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE:
Flowers at the Altar, Amherst, MA 2017.
Devotion. Mt Holyoke College, MA 2016.
Divali. Mendocino, CA 2015.
Basant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2012
Anjali Mendocino, CA 2012
Mudra: The Gesture Speaks 2007
Festival of Lights, venues in New Hampshire, Massachusetts. 2005-2009
Nataraj Dancers Performance, Colorado College 2006
A Benefit for South Asian Children, Colorado College with Namrita Singh 2005
Yatra. Presented by the Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA. 2004
Performances in Kerala, India. 2003-2004
Featured soloist at United State Education Foundation Day, New Delhi, India 2004
Anjali, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan 2002
Footprints in the Dust, Nataraj Dance Co., Northampton Center for the Arts, MA 2002
Alankara: The Art of Adornment in Classical Dance. Mills College, CA. 2002
Batu Nritrya. Sanskriti Kala Kendra, New Delhi, India 2001
Darshan, Mills College, CA 2001
Hampshire College Alumni Concert, Amherst, MA. 2000
In Praise of Tara. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 1999, 2001
The Spider and the Buddha, Guest Artist with Sha Sha Higby, Amherst, MA 1999
Meeting at the Dream. Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 1999
Poems of Mirabai assisted Ranjanaa Devi with choreography 2012
Dengue Fever, Ernakulam, Kerala, India 2008
Devi, with the Mudra Dancers, Kerala, India 2007
Heart Seeds, with Diamond Mountain Dancers, Arizona 2005
Anjali, Mills College, CA 2003
Rice Ritual, Featured in “Studio One Night,” Mills College, CA 2002
GATHERING THE MOON, HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE ALUMNI CONCERT, 2000
In the Temple of My Heart
Featured in “Call of the Spirit,” Amherst High, MA 1999
Also featured in “Mela", Northampton Center for the Arts, MA 1999
Featured in “Meeting at the Dream,” Hampshire College, MA 1999
Featured in “Winter Dance Concert,” Hampshire College, MA 1998
Classical Indian Dance and Theatre Techniques: 16 years of intensive training with Prof. Ranjanaa Devi, Artistic Director of Nataraj Dance Co.
Mohiniyattam Dance training at Kerala Kalamandalam, 2003-04 and at Nriytha Shetra, 2007-2008
Ballet: 14 years of Classical Ballet training
Modern: 6 years of Modern Training in several styles including Graham and Taylor techniques.
Laban Movement Analysis and Notation training at Mills College and UCR.
Jazz: 6 years of training in eclectic styles
Other dance forms studied:
Chauu Dance Intensive with Bhomi Keshwarsingh in New Delhi. Balinese Legong Dance Intensive at Foundation for Pure Art in Ubud, Bali. Middle Eastern Dance. Yoga. Contact Improvisation. Caribbean Dance with Prof. Yvonne Daniel. Brazilian Dance. Javanese Dance. Butoh. Tai Chi. Afro-Haitian Dunham Technique. Flamenco Technique. Qui Gong Training. Salsa Dance Technique. Swing Dance Technique. Samba Dance Technique.
President of Sustainable UCR 2006-2007
Sustainable UCR is a coalition of students, faculty, and staff working to implement sustainable practices on the UC Riverside campus.
Member of Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability. Chaired Academic Sub-Committee for Sustainability. Jobs search committee member for Sustainability Manager & Campus Architect positions. Worked on Sustainable Citrus Project. Worked on campus Bio-Diesel Project. Improved Campus Recycling. Managed Student Sustainable UCR Group, and chaired meetings. Chaired Campus Farmer's Market Committee.
Vice President of Sustainable UCR 2005-2006
Was an integral force in getting the Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability ratified by the University. Vegetable Oil Fuel Systems Demonstration. Managed Student Group.
Congress on Research in Dance 2010- Present
Yoga Alliance 2011- Present
American Anthropologists Association 2005-2007
daCi- Dance and the Child International 1999-2001
National Organization of Dance Educators 1999-2001
Dr. Sally Ness, Department of Anthropology
University of California, Riverside
Professor Miriam Phillips
School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
University of Maryland
Professor Ranjanaa Devi, Asian Arts and Culture Program
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Christina Schwenkel
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Riverside
Dr. Anne Sutherland,
Director of Interdisciplinary Studies (Emeritus)
Departments of Global Studies and Anthropology
University of California, Riverside