A. Nia Austin-Edwards (ANAE) began her dance training in Atlanta, GA, at Total Dance / Dancical Productions, Inc. She went on to major in dance at Tri-Cities Visual and Performing Arts Magnet High School and received a B.F.A. in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked with a variety of phenomenal dance artists such as Gus Solomons, Jr., Deborah Jowitt, Susan Marshall, Ronald K. Brown, Sean Curran, Adia Whitaker, Camille A. Brown, and Stefanie Batten Bland. Nia, the dancer, remains an associate member of Total Dance Company and an apprentice of Axam Dance Theater Experience in Atlanta. She also works with JoiLynn Productions and is a member of Brooklyn-based ASE Dance Theatre Collective. Most recently, Nia has become a supporter and advocate for sexual assault survivors as a performer in A Long Walk Home, Inc.’s SOARS: Story of A Rape Survivor.