Dina-Verley Christophe

Dina-Verley Christophe

Dina-Verley Christophe is a dance artist, educator and fitness professional. Dina's path to dance started in Philadelphia, PA at the historic New Freedom Theatre's Performing Arts Training Program, where she had the honor to study under Barrymore award winning choreographer Patricia Scott-Hobbs and director Walter Dallas. During this time Dina also began her lifelong artistic relationship with Guggenheim award winning scholar and artist, Dr. Kariamu Welsh, as a student of the Umfundalai Contemporary African dance technique and a member of Kariamu & Company. These two experiences formed the basis of what would become an extremely diverse dance journey and have made Dina a rare and unique talent, being proficient in both Western and African derived concert dance forms. While attending the University of the Arts (BFA) Dina was a member of Philadanco's second company, D/2, under the direction of Donald Lunsford. Dina's passion for choreography led her to continue her studies at Temple University (MFA), during this time she began dancing with Charles O. Anderson's dance theatre X. Dina began her professional teaching career at Temple University and Muhlenberg College, teaching dance technique and non-major classes. Dina's varied dance technique experience and fitness background have laid the foundation for her educational mission: to make dance conditioning and anatomy accessible for dancers to understand in context of proper posture/form for their body type, injury prevention, and muscle conditioning for optimal strength, flexibility and power to handle the rigors of dynamic movement. 

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