Justice Miles received her MFA in Choreography from the University of New Mexico and her BA in Dance from Colorado College. During her MFA program, Miles had the opportunity to study with various flamenco guest artists from Spain and focused on developing choreographic and scholarly work that explores the in-between spaces of flamenco, contemporary dance and blackness.
Miles’ choreography includes: Floral Tea, a dance film created for the Create Award Art Gym Denver Residency, which was also selected to be screened for MODArts Dance Collective’s Move to Change Festival (2021) and an excerpt was performed live at the Collegium of Diasporan Dance Conference (CADD) at the Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University (2021), Ink on Cotton, excerpts performed as an emerging choreographer at Meira Goldberg’s The Body Questions: Celebrating Flamenco’s Tangled Roots at the Fashion Institute in New York City (2018), and Aceite en Agua: Oil in Water, excerpt selected for the American College Dance Festival regional gala in Laramie, Wyoming (2016). Miles has also had the opportunity for additional summer study at Ballet Hispánico’s summer Choreolab program in New York City (2019) and the Festival Flamenco Albuquerque in New Mexico, taking workshops with Javier Latorre, Sara Calero and Fernando Jimenéz (2017, 2018).
After presenting her dissertation research on Carmen Amaya and Josephine Baker at the international bilingual conference Indígenas, Africanos, Roma y Europeos: Rítmos Transatlánticos en Música, Canto y Baile in Veracruz, Mexico, Miles‘ article “The Modern Synthesis of Josephine Baker and Carmen Amaya” edited by Raquel Paraíso, Meira Goldberg, Jessica Gottfried, and Antoni Piza was published by Música Oral de Sur (2021). Miles recently presented this article virtually at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Virtual Front Row (moderated by Dr. Meira Goldberg) and the 8th Biennial New Perspectives in Flamenco History and Research Symposium.