Instructors

Donna Kearney of Coyaba Dance Theater performing at DanceAfrica 2010. Photo by Enoch Chan

Donna Kearney

Donna  Kearney has been a member of Coyaba Dance Theater for 14 years,  prior to which she trained and performed under the direction of Sylvia Soumah and Mahiri Keita with Daughters of Coyaba and Kono Youth Ensemble.  During this time Donna learned traditional west African Drumming while focusing on the nuance of Traditional West African dance from Guinea, Mali and Senegal.  As a member of the adult African company Coyaba Dance Theater for eleven years, Donna has performed at numerous venues including the Kennedy Center, Dance Africa DC, Dance Africa Chicago, Seoul South Korea, and Austin, Texas. Ms. Kearney has...

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Culture Shock DC

Culture Shock DC

Culture Shock DC is a non-profit organization committed to using the art of hip-hop dance as a tool for providing constructive alternatives for urban youth through dance training and mentor relationships, as well as educating the broader community about the positive influences and possibilities of hip-hop culture. Culture Shock dancers take their passion one step further by sharing their talents with the surrounding community. The Company’s on-going commitment to community involvement is exemplified by its Future Shock and Mighty Shock youth outreach programs. Culture Shock dancers work one-on-one with Future Shock and Mighty Shock kids to offer them a positive...

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Ronya-Lee Anderson

Ronya-Lee Anderson

A former member of the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble and Carla Perlo’s Carla and Company, Ronya-Lee has traveled extensively teaching, dancing, and choreographing.  Her work has been commissioned by Duke University, PG Community College, Dance For All Youth Company in South Africa, and Joy of Motion’s Youth Dance Ensemble.  Ronya-Lee currently serves as Artistic Director for her company and school, Dancing by the Power: Movement Matters, a non-profit sacred dance organization and has a long association with Dance Place.

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Ralph Glenmore

Ralph Glenmore is a former principal dancer with The Alvin  Ailey American Dance Theater. He has performed in several Broadway productions, including   A Chorus Line, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, Reggae and Bubblin’ Brown Sugar. He served as Resident Dance Supervisor for The Lion King-Los Angeles Production. He has worked on several production with Debbie Allen and The Debbie Allen Dance Academy, The Lula Washington Dance Theater, The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, The Dance Institute of Washington as Instructor/Rehearsal Coach/ Choreographer/Stage Manager and Performer. He has recently been awarded The Legend of Dance Award presented...

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Adrienne ClancyAdrienne Clancy

Adrienne Clancy

Adrienne Clancy, Founding & Artistic Director of ClancyWorks Dance Company, is a proclaimed “wizard of invention,” by the Washington Post. As a “tour de force of unpredictable partnering,” her work explores architecturally informed partnering developed amongst diverse artists. Assured to be simultaneously dynamic yet extremely human, the choreography exemplifies an environment of mutual respect and creates images that embrace diversity and community awareness. Over the past twenty years, Clancy has choreographed and performed throughout the world: She was the youngest choreographer to present at the Suzanne Dellal International World Dance Competition in Tel Aviv; and, the sole student choreographer to...

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REVISION dance collaborative

ReVision dance company

Inspiring, Educational, Uplifting, and Engaging modern dance performances for audiences of all ages! To book ReVision call 202-269-1600. About the Company Led by Artistic Director Shannon Quinn, ReVision dance company is a contemporary modern dance company which aims to engage audiences of all ages in critical thinking about social issues that surround our everyday lives. We create work that stimulates our audiences to become more actively aware of their responsibilities as participants in their communities. We challenge our dancers to learn and become part of the choreographic process by continually looking at the movement from a fresh, critical perspective and having...

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DC Casineros

DC Casineros is the premiere Cuban Salsa (Rueda de Casino) dance troupe in Washington, DC, founded in early March of 2005 in the Adams Morgan nightclub Havana Village and directed by Amanda Gill. Our teaching methodology and practice is based and modeled after the International Foundation “Casino Para Todos” curriculum: (more info) For information about performances, private classes, team-building and school/workplace presentations please visit:www.dccasineros.org

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Sylvia SoumahSylvia Soumah

Sylvia Soumah

Sylvia Soumah is the founder and Artistic Director of Coyaba Dance Theater. She has studied, performed, and taught throughout the DC Metro area and abroad. She has studied in Conakry, Guinea with Les Ballets Africaines, and Senegal under the director of Bouly Sonko, Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Senegal. She also performs with Erika Thimey Dance Theater and Carla & Company.

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Deborah Riley, modern dance teacher and Director of Dance PlaceDeborah Riley, modern dance teacher and Director of Dance Place

Deborah Riley

Deborah Riley is the Dance Place Director and has been a member of the Dance Place faculty since 1987. She has taught at the University of California/Santa Barbara, George Mason University, American University, the Peridance Center in New York City and has been a guest artist in numerous universities, colleges and community settings across the U.S. She was a member of Douglas Dunn & Dancers from 1978-87, touring extensively in Europe and the US. She has been director of her own company based at Dance Place since 1987, Deborah Riley Dance Projects.

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Carla Perlo, modern dance teacher and Founder/Director of Dance Place. Photo by Stan BarouhCarla Perlo, modern dance teacher and Founder/Director of Dance Place.

Carla Perlo

Carla Perlo is Founder/Director of Dance Place and has had an active career choreographing and teaching for 30 years. She has taught across the US and in London, Paris, Italy, Austria, Israel, Mexico and Brazil. Carla teaches and lectures at Universities, Colleges and Community Centers throughout the region. She has served as the National Coordinator of DanceAfrica America and in 1988 was honored with Tony Taylor Award for outstanding service to the field of Dance. Carla was named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine in 1997.

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Marcia Howard, African dance teacher.Marcia Howard, African dance teacher.

Marcia Howard

Marcia Howard has been performing with Coyaba Dance Theater since 1997. She began her training in Baltimore, MD with the Francine School of Dance and The Baltimore Dance Theater. She studied West African dance with Sylvia Soumah and traveled to Dakar, Senegal in 2000 to study with Bouly Sonko of Les Ballet du Senegal. Ms. Howard is an Adjunct Faculty member at American University and is on faculty at Dance Place and Coyaba Academy. She is the Assistant Director of Coyaba Dance Theater, an instructor/choreographer with Imagination Stage, and conducts creative movement workshops with the elderly and special needs populations.

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