Artistic Director, Kaleidoscope of Kultures
Marcea T. Daiter is a Certified Katherine Dunham Instructor, Research Consultant, Choreographer, Performing Artist, NYCDOE Licensed Dance Educator, Pilates Mat Trainer, a Teacher of the Zena Rommett Floor-Barre®, Capoerista, Artistic Director of Kaleidoscope of Kultures Dance Theater, and recipient of several fellowships, grants, and scholarships. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance Theater from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She specializes in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Capoeira, Haitian and Cuban Folklore. Marcea began her Dunham training under Darlene Blackburn and Wilbur Bradley in Chicago and continued her Dunham studies in East St. Louis at the Katherine Dunham Institute for Intercultural Studies, and New York City. She studied with former Katherine Dunham Company members and Master Haitian Folklore Dance teachers, such as Vanoye Aikens, Tommy Gomez, Talley Beatty, Walter Nicks, Archie Savage, Louines Louinis, Jeon Leon Destine, and Theodore Jamison. Marcea earned her teacher certification from the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification in 2005. She is a native of Chicago and was one of the many dance artists representing the United States in Lagos, Nigeria at the International Arts Festival (FESTAC) in 1977, where she performed with the Darlene Blackburn Afro-American Dance Theater on stage with Fela Anikylapo-Kuti in his Afro-Shrine theater. Marcea relocated to NYC and studied dance at Clark Center, Alvin Ailey, Finis Jhung, and Harkness House. She performed with the New York Baroque Dance Company, Joan Miller’s Dance Players, the Eleo Pomare Dance Company, Nanette Bearden's Contemporary Dance Theater and Fancy Dancers Inc. Her field-study trips to Africa, Cuba, Mexico, Haiti, and the United States to the Katherine Dunham Institute of Intercultural Studies and Jacob’s Pillow inspired her instructional teaching in language arts, writing curriculum, dance anthropology, body somatics, and led her to several choreographic collaborations with Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director of The New York Baroque Dance Company. She has taught dance at Union College, Princeton University, New York City College of Technology, New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, in the Graduate Acting Program at Tisch School of the Arts, City College of New York, Lehman College, Hofstra University, Long Island University, Borough of Manhattan City College, The Haitian-American Academy of Ballet & Arts in Port Au Prince, Haiti, occasionally teaches at Steps On Broadway Dance Studios, and at The Alvin Ailey American Dance School. Marcea currently works at Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts teaching Dunham, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Body Soma tics, and Anatomy.
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Get to know some of the teachers and presenters teaching dance forms from Scotland, Ireland, Quebec, Manitoba, Appalachia, Haiti, and France. With all the artists in one room, we'll get to know their traditions, learn about their influences, and see where their discussion takes them. Not to be missed!
DocumentsStudy Materials for Catherine Turocy
Dance the contra four ways with four of North America’s leading experts. This interactive presentation outlines a fascinating journey through the evolution of the French contra dance, from the court dances of Baroque France, to Métis communities in Canada, to Cuban-Haitian social dance, and then to urban communities of North America where queer and techno contras are gaining popularity. Join dancers and researchers Sarah Edgar, Jane Peck, Marcea Daiter, and Catherine Turocy for a session that highlights the history and cultural background of these dance forms, and gets you up dancing them yourselves!
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