Marjani Fortè-Saunders is a Pasadena, CA native and Harlem resident. She performed with Urban Bush Women (UBW) for five years, and is now co-founder with Nia Love of LOVE|FORTÉ A COLLECTIVE. Saunders has taught master classes and workshops across the U.S. and beyond including the American Dance Festival and ADF China, South America, and Germany. She is a member of UBW’s BOLD Teaching Network, offering UBW’s unique approach to dance training and community engagement.
She is a recent recipient of the LMCC MCA Fund for her project being Here… /this time, which examines the intersections of mental illness, addiction, and systemic poverty, and a New Music USA grant for her collaboration with husband and composer Everett Saunders. Saunders has held choreographic and teaching residencies across the country, has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Puffin Foundation, and Foundation of Contemporary Arts. Saunders served as Adjunct Lecturer, teaching Modern Contemporary Technique at Hunter College City University of New York and Visiting Artist at Princeton University. With deep gratitude, she moves onward in her work honoring that it stems from being born in and having engaged with culturally rich, vibrant, historic, and politically charged communities.