Thaliyah Cools-Lartigue is a movement artist and performer from Dayton, Ohio, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at The Ohio State University (OSU). Her studies are centered on performance, improvisation, collaboration and exploring ways in which dance can support cultural variety and identity. Her movement research is driven by the curiosity of how communication and language functions through dance performance.

Thaliyah has performed works by Daniel Roberts, Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown, Eddie Taketa, Jazelynn Goudy, Crystal Michelle Perkins, Suzanne Bradford-Kounta and Momar Ndiaye. In 2019, Thaliyah performed with the OSU Dance School Tours group in Columbus City Schools, showcasing numerous dance works and creating connections within the Columbus community. In 2020, she traveled to Brazil with the OSU Dance Tour group engaging in a two-week performance and cultural exchange program. She is a current recipient of the Helen P. Alkire Scholarship, Dean’s List Honoree and was awarded an OSU Undergraduate Fellowship in 2020. 

Artist Statement:


My work focuses on the emotional experience and intimate conversations existent through dance performance. It is a communication system that strictly operates through the body and the relationship the body makes with its surroundings. Through dance performance, I aim to create positive cultural exchanges and promote understanding with audience members. 

Improvisation aides my curiosity in the timing and occurrence of the unknown. I utilize sensorial inspirations to my drive movement decisions that explore characters of identity. I aim to access the space around me and push the limits of performance through anticipating what might happen next within the body response. In choreographic processes, I appreciate collaborative settings that encourage artistic exploration, cultural inclusivity and diverse communities.

My work entertains performance and the altered reality that can be experienced on stage. I believe in this moment is where true connection between viewers and movers comes alive. I want to continuously tell stories that value ideas of community and supporting one another.