2017-2018 Guest Artists:
Jacquelyn Elder – Contemporary: former soloist of Martha Graham, now with Emile Dubois in Paris
Amy Hamel – Jazz Dance: Broadway Dancer from “Cats”
Larry Albright – Hip-Hop: international touring
Sandi Weinberg – Modern Dance & Pilates – former teacher at DSOA and Ballet Palm Beach
Dance Instructor: Gina Buntz
Education: B.A. in Dance from Stephens College; M.F.A. in Dance from University of Michigan with an emphasis on intercultural studies in dance, ethnomusicology, and communications
Distinguishing Honors: Gina Buntz has 25 years of experience as a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator. Her work has been presented at the American Dance Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Florida Dance Festival, and the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, France. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, she was part of a core group of principal dancers in the movie “Fame” who negotiated the first union salary rate for dancers in film and television. She is a five-time recipient of Choreographer’s Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Gina has served on the faculties of the New World School of the Arts in Miami, the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Cranbrook Schools in Michigan, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
Teaching Philosophy: The teacher is the biggest student in the classroom. I am always learning from my students. In return, I regard myself as a pedagogical archivist and creator in my subject area.
Classes Taught: Advanced Dance, Intermediate Dance, Dynamic Moves, Intro to Performing Arts
To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.
Agnes de mille, american dancer