This add-on is INCLUDED in both full class and youth pass holders. If you are attending a la carte or hold a dance pass but wish to take the Afro-Caribbean add-on, purchase your spot here!
The Dunham Technique is a fusion of classical ballet as a foundation with Afro-Caribbean styles from Jamaica Martinique, Trinidad, and Haiti. The technique separates itself from others with classical lines and length from ballet, allowing the torso to both undulate and isolate, and using a wide spectrum of tempos and rhythmical styles. There are three important things that need to be brought into the classroom: an open mind, body, and spirit! Katherine Dunham herself noted that spiritual awareness and focus are crucial key points in the Dunham technique. The body needs - or will learn - to be polyrhythmic, meaning a dancer will be working with one body part in counter-rhythm with another simultaneously. The Dunham technique is an artistic interpretation of traditional ballet, Caribbean dances, African rituals, and African-American rhythms that is still learned and loved today with its smoothness and fluidity.