April Berry

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April Berry

Certified Master Instructor Dunham Technique

 An accomplished performer, educator and arts administrator, April Berry is a certified Master of the Dunham Technique.

Miss Berry began her studies at the National Academy of Ballet and Theatre Arts. She was a scholarship student at the Dance Theater of Harlem where she studied ballet with Tanaquil LeClerecq and Karel Shook. Berry was a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for eleven years and performed around the world with the company.

To her credit, she studied Dunham Technique with Katherine Dunham for a period of 10 years. Miss Berry holds the coveted distinction of being one of only two dancers in the world (after Miss Dunham) to have been chosen by Dunham to perform the female lead in her “L’Ag’ya,” a dance-drama set in Martinique during Alvin Ailey’s presentation of “The Magic of Katherine Dunham.” While working with Miss Dunham, Berry received training in Dunham Technique from several original company members and master instructors including Vanoye Aikens, Tommy Gomez, Julie Robinson Belafonte, Lucille Ellis and received additional mentorship by Ronnie “Yao” Marshall. Subsequently, Berry was the only Ailey dancer that received certification by Katherine Dunham after continued study of the Dunham Technique after working on the “The Magic of Katherine Dunham.”

Her accomplishments in the field of dance are accentuated by her extensive training in Dunham Technique and personal guidance provided by Katherine Dunham. A veteran performer, Berry currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and provides dance education and outreach programs to the surrounding community.

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