Indya Childs is a dancer and choreographer that hails from Atlanta, Ga. Indya began her dance training at Price Performing Arts Center and The Atlanta Ballet. Indya holds a B.A in Dance from Kennesaw State University and in 2015, was named ‘25 to Watch’ by Dance Magazine. She also attended the Hubbard Street Professional Program under the direction of Alexandra Wells. Indya danced professionally with Ballethnic Dance Company, T. Lang Dance, and Abby Z and The New Utility.
In 2020, Indya founded the Peace, Love, and Dance Project (PLD Project) in response to the many difficult events that were arising in the U.S. including the murders of Black Americans due to police brutality, the COVID-19 pandemic, performing artists out of work, and more. The PLD Project aims to create a safe space for artists to create intentional work that brings awareness to important societal topics through conversation, dance, film, art, and more.
Indya is currently an Arts and Social Justice Fellow at Emory University. Her latest dance work, Tokoliana, premiered in September 2021. Indya will be developing a new dance work as an Excuse The Art (ETA) artist presented by The Windmill Arts Center in partnership with Fly on a Wall premiering in April 2022.
“Effort, personal investigation, stamina, and rhythm are the main items on my list when creating a new dance work. I challenge myself to not always take the easiest route when creating movement by finding the joy in pushing the body past its limits.”