Anindo - Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Dance Judge
While in Kenya as a young dance student in ballet, modern, jazz and African, ANINDO met Saundra Barnes, a Dunham dancer living in Kenya and teaching Dunham Technique. Anindo studies with Ms Barnes (Ife) and in 1983 moved to the USA continuing her study of the Technique with Miss Dunham, and Dunham Masters like: Pearl Reynolds, Archie Savage, Lucille Ellis, Tommy Gomez, Tally Beatty, Vanove Aikens, Theo Jamison, Ronald Marshall and Keith Williams.
Today Ms. Marshall is a Certified Dunham Technique Instructor, and serves as a board member of the Katherine Dunham Certification Board. She has taught and continues to teach all worldwide, including Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Los Angeles County High School of the Arts (LACHSA,) Dance Dimensions, Lula Washington Dance Theater, Occidental College, LMU, UCI and conducts Dunham Technique residencies in LAUSD schools as part of the Arts Community Partnership Network. Also conducting residencies in colleges all over the US and the world.
Dunham Technique is a combination of dance disciplines: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Cultural dances from Haiti, Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad and African. Created by Katherine Dunham, the technique kept evolving until her transition in 2006. Most recently before her passing, Katherine Dunham started her work in Chakras, which is East Indian. Using those energy points and colors with dance by tapping into all 7 chakras. The Technique has an amazing barre, it then moves to center floor for isolations, followed by progressions across the floor and lastly combination. I call it “The Gumbo of Dance… with all the spices!’ As it includes quite a few dance disciplines all in one technique!!
Class begins with warm-up exercises that condition the body for the rigors of this form by developing strength, aerobic stamina, coordination, flexibility, and rhythmic awareness. The class improves emotional well-being by relieving stress, improves social skills by providing a chance to interact with people, offers intellectual stimulation by providing new movement information to be analyzed, and promotes spirituality by providing a relationship with nature and the environment through movement. The class will explore the richness of African Dance traditions from West Africa.
JAZZ with a touch... of Rhythm, Culture and more...
A fusion of African, Afro-Brazilian, Caribbean Modern techniques, Capoeira, and Jazz dance styles. Classes are up-beat and begin with a warm-up, followed by movement across the floor and a choreographed combination. Recorded music along with live drumming is used in the class.