Albirda Rose


Albirda Rose

Master Teacher | Co-Director of Certification | Dunham Technique

In 1990 she published Dunham Technique a Way of Life. In 1993, the first group of teachers was certified under her direction.

Known as Dr. Rose on the campus of San Francisco State University for 36 years, upon recommendation of Miss Ruth Beckford she began teaching Dunham Technique as an undergraduate student in 1970 at Hayward State University.

Dr. Albirda Rose received her Doctorate in Education in 1982 from the University of San Francisco; her MA from Mills College in Dance in 1973, where she also received a full fellowship to teach Haitian Dance/Dunham Technique; and her BS in Physical education (Dance Emphasis) and Minor Drama from Hayward State University (East Bay). After receiving her doctorate, she traveled to East St. Louis where her personal relationship began with Miss Katherine Dunham.

In 1986, she traveled with Miss Dunham as a demonstrator and assistant to Brazil visiting six cities, and as a result became the coordinator for the Annual Dunham Technique Seminar for several years. In 2000, Miss Dunham granted Dr. Rose the title of Master Teacher and Director of Dunham Technique Certification.

A native of Oakland, California she began her dance instruction and training with Ms. Ruth Beckford, a former member of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, and with Ms. Louise Jorgenson, whose expertise was ballet.  As a performing artist, she trained and performed professionally as a dramatic artist, vocal artist, as well as a dancer and choreographer. One of her first professional performances was as a lead vocalist and dancer with the “Young Americans,” a production that toured the United States and Canada.


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