Deneane Richburg grew up competing in figure skating and received her M.F.A. in dance and choreography from Temple University in Philadelphia. She has created work for both the ice and stage, including Aunt Sara’s Escape, Journey to Solace; and Quiet As It’s Kept, an evening length work created in collaboration with Thomasina Petrus which draws parallels between the reconstruction era and the rise of Jim Crow and contemporary injustices. Through her repertory company, Brownbody, she has also created work for the stage including These Blues Women, and Living Past (Re)Memory—a duet based on Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved. In 2013, Brownbody remounted this work for the ice. Brownbody is a 2015 Sage award recipient in the category of best performance for Quiet As It’s Kept. With Lela Aisha Jones, Richburg is also the co-founder of The Requisite Movers, a Philadelphia based initiative that seeks to support the work of Black female choreographers.