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Dionna JOI PridGeon is from the Chicago west suburbs, she started her dance training after high school. She's a Point Park University graduate with 18 years of experience in Dance Education/Choreography. Dionna began her teaching journey in Education, at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, then later faculty at The Lou Conte Dance Studio | HSDC for many years. She’s served on faculty at 10 other prestigious facilities including, The Ailey Extension, The Joffrey Ballet School/Academ...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. 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!”