Date of Award

Spring 5-27-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Maura Nguyen Donohue

Second Advisor

Laura Brungard

Academic Program Adviser

Maura Nguyen Donohue


“My Body, No Apologies” is a 20 - minute autobiographical dance film, conceived, choreographed and performed by Maxine Montilus, with text from Sonya Renee Taylor’s The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love. The supporting paper examines the impact of family, history and societal forces on her Black female body.

The film premiered on the Hunter College Dance Department’s website,, on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Included in

Dance Commons



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