Donna Ahmadi is a performer and choreographer who has been involved with Native and modern dance since her youth. Since receiving her B.F.A. in dance form SUNY Purchase in 2000, she has focused on work exploring her mixed Cherokee, Italian and African-American heritage. Donna has performed in recent years for Steve Koplowitz, Alison Chase (Pilobolus), Andrew Marcus Performance, Brett Howard Company, and Tarin Chaplin. She currently dances and collaborates with Third Rail Projects, Red Hawk Indian Arts Council, and Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. During 2003, Donna taught for the Northern Rivers Conservatory of the Arts in Australia, where she founded Mantis Dance Theater, performing her site-specific and environmental choreography in northern New South Wales and in New York. In 2006 she created a site-specific piece for the Newburgh Free Library Day of the Dead Celebration, combining puppetry and contemporary dance. Donna has taught dance for many years and is currently a teaching artist working in NYC public schools for the New York City Ballet and a Native American Fancy Shawl instructor at Lotus Music and Dance.