Dancer Testimonies

Duncan Dance Ensemble & Students

“There are moments in class that bring tears to my eyes…I’m lifted to another place…” 

Deb Abram, DDC member

“When the class was over, we sat in a circle and shared about what the experience was like for each of us… “It felt familiar.” It was all I could say. It was all there was to say. Much of the class I stumbled about trying to forget my ballet and move with nature and my breath. My body was not accustomed to this type of movement. In fact, it had never moved that way before. And yet…familiar.”

– Angela D’Onofrio, DDC member, on her first Duncan class in 2009

“It is a really fun and amazing class. Everything is so positive and when I walk out of the class I am filled with positive energy. Jennifer is a very positive person.”

Tara Tatineni, 11 years old, Youth class member

Duncan Master Class for ballet students at Hyde Park Dance Academy, Spring 2016

“Today’s class was one of the most freeing and relaxing classes I’ve had in a long time. Normally I just do the movements just to do them but today I felt it was a safe space to let the movements come from the heart and have meaning behind them.”

– Jania

“I like it particularly because of how much emphasis it puts on dancing from the soul. I happened to connect this to my own personal goal of putting more visible expression in my dance and this definitely helped me with that…It was amazing to feel so personally, deeply connected to something real in a long time. Even thought it was just a class you don’t know how much you have helped me in overall life. Thank you!“

Laila May

“I learned to connect with other people while dancing. I also discovered what you mean by dancing only from your heart…this experience has really changed my limited view of dance, and has influenced me a lot.”