Come dance and unlock the mind, body and spirit connection in this African American dance form, created by icon Katherine Dunham, dance pioneer/anthropologist/social activist. Informed by the great traditional dances of the African Diaspora (West African, Haitian, Cuban, Brazilian, African American modern dance and more) Dunham Technique creates well-muscled, dynamic dancers with supple spines and well-articulated torsos. Dancers quickly learn to move with control and authority. Each class is a journey into self-knowledge. This comprehensive experience that includes a traditional warm up, center floor sequence, specialized barre work, series of progressions and breathing exercises. Students will enjoy a class that starts out centered and meditative then gradually becomes high-spirited and powerful as they learn the “Dunham Way of Life.” Don’t miss the chance to study with visiting Dunham Master Teacher Penny Godboldo of Detroit, a disciple of Katherine Dunham for over 20 years and former Director of the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification (2013-2018). This intermediate/advanced level class is open dancers who have specifically been training in Dunham Technique and are technically trained at the intermediate level or higher. The primary purpose of this class is for participants to train regularly and to accrue hours of training with a certified Dunham teacher. These hours will be officially recognized by the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification, of which Penny Godboldo is a Board Member. Other advanced level dancers interested in the Dunham technique are also encouraged to attend this class.
*Buy 3 Workshops for $54
Instructor Bio: Penny Godboldo is a dance artist and a teacher in the Katherine Dunham Technique. For the past five years, she has held the position of Co-Director of the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. She is a 2018 Kresge Artist Fellow and an adjunct faculty member in the dance department at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Penny trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She incorporates her pedagogy as teacher and her larger philosophical view that dance is life. It is a methodology developed through extensive research in dance history. Her work is informed by her travel to Haiti, Cuba, Benin, Brazil, Japan, China, England, Scotland and other countries, during her role as chair of the Marygrove College dance department for nearly two decades. Penny travels internationally, choreographing, leading workshops and educating students.