Ananya Kabir

Magna is a valued Advisory Board member for ‘Modern Moves,’ a research project I direct, funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant, and located at the Department of English, King’s College London. In examining the history and current global popularity of African-heritage social dances, Magna has effortlessly crossed from practice to the world of academia.

She inaugurated our ‘Moving Conversation’ series of public events, and returned as a speaker and performer for our annual research showcase where she eloquently summed up the event by responding to all the academic speakers. She has a proven ability to synthesise and analyse material with very little preparation (many of the papers she heard for the first time that day), and communicate her ideas clearly and attractively to a diverse audience.

She is one of the few dancers I know who commits herself to transferring the skills that she has honed as a dancer, and her learning experiences on the dance floor, into life lessons for everyone. Her gift of communication helps her bring these lessons to everyone with clarity, grace, and vivacity.

Ananya Kabir Director Modern Moves