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Originally from Chicago, Dionna Pridgeon is the Creative Director of moveDIPR (move deeper). She is presently on faculty at Ailey Extension & Guest Faculty at BDC. Dionna is a gifted Educator who has served on faculty at Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet School & Academy of Dance, Debbie Reynolds LA & Visceral Dance Center (Chicago); She has taught classes at Gibney Dance, Peridance, Edge PAC (LA), & Movement Lifestyle LA. In Chicago, she was on Faculty at Lou...read more
Class begins with a very thorough warmup process; connecting mind/body/spirit. Dionna uses an organic approach to warmup - never starting the class in the same way. “Our bodies feel differently from day to day,” so why not experience warmup...in different ways?
Dionna’s warmup is a break from the classical and traditional forms. However, she focuses on centering, breath, finding length, conditioning, short sequences and moving away from a stationary base. She believes in a “good a**” new school vs old school type of warmup. In addition, a more therapeutic form of improv is also incorporated to help dancers explore their own voices.
The class will ALWAYS learn a piece of choreography that holds a more organic, human approach, which allows for subtly and freedom. Her choreography bounces from a Contemporary Modern to Contemporary Jazz, to a Contemporary Hip-Hop vibe.
Class begins with a classic form of stretching, isolations, and conditioning. Dionna's style is very clean, groovy and at times, very detailed; It varies from performance to precision! Music is the impetus for her street choreography. Dionna believes that: “Musicality is everything!”