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Feb122011

Danah Bella  2009

 Danah Bella teaches dance at Radford University in Virginia.  Her company, danah bella danceworks, is made up of members spread all over the United States. 

Danah first came to work with MMDC in the spring of 2009, teaching a series of master classes, and a first-rate workshop in choreographic techniques.  We were really interested in how Danah works, wanting to glean from her as much knowledge as we could to get each of our company members excited about choreographing. 

After the success of that workshop, we invited Danah back to set two works on the company in the fall of 2009.  Danah arrived 9 months pregnant, and still managed to work our socks off in every rehearsal!  Her style is deeply physical and grounded, demanding balance, spring, and an instinctual sense of the people dancing with you.

We also funded bringing Danah's company to ETSU to perform in the Spring dance concert in 2010, so the performance included and entire suite of her work.  Our friendship with Danah continues, and we hope to have her back to work with us again in future!

To learn more about Danah, please visit her website:

http://www.danahbelladanceworks.org/dbDW/home.html

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