April Biggs is a queer, disabled dance artist and writer based in the unseated territory of the Munsee Lenape/Canarsie peoples, temporarily known as Brooklyn, NY. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been displaced from home. Biggs is a 2020 Dance/NYC Disability. Dance. Artistry. Dance and Social Justice Fellow. Since 2005, she has presented several dance works and evening-length productions in venues across NYC and the Greater & Western NY regions. She has been the recipient of an LMCC Swing Space Grant, has served as an NHSDA adjudicator, is currently a development consultant to Rutgers Integrated Dance Minor, and is a member of the Disability+ Working Group of Creating New Futures: Working Guidelines for Ethics & Equity in Presenting Dance & Performance. In addition to performing her own work, she has performed the work of Bebe Miller, Doug Varone, Ronald K. Brown, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Anne Burnidge, and Third Rail Projects.
April has taught extensively at festivals, high schools, and universities throughout the US, most recently as an Adjunct Dance Professor at SUNY University at Buffalo. She received a University Fellowship to attend Ohio State University, and while there, taught various lecture and studio-based courses, and facilitated the Contact Improv Jam from 2015-2018. April is a published dance critic and poet, and directs a writing collective in NY. She holds a BFA in Dance from Florida State University, an MFA in Dance from Ohio State University, and an MFA in Poetry from The New School.
As a disability organizer and activist, she has been interviewed by organizations such as Dance Artists National Collective (DANC), and participated in various panels, facilitated discussions and presented at conferences such as Association for Theatre in Higher Education 2018 (ATHE) and the Arts Midwest/Western Arts Alliance Joint Conference 2020. Her research and personal practices are centered in Disability Justice, and her current choreographic project is an autoethnographic and interdisciplinary exploration of her lived experience of disability titled Sick Girl.