Ms. King is a dance educator who has been teaching, performing, and choreographing for over 30 years. She has trained with some of the more renowned dance artists in New York City, including Lynn Simonson, Milton Myers, Joan Peters, Jacquie Villamil, Sara Neece and Richard Gonzalez. She has been on the faculty of Barnard College since 1990 and Dance Space, Inc./Dance New Amsterdam since 1984. Ms. King has also taught at various notable NYC studios, including Joffrey Ballet and Alvin Ailey School. She has taught the art of Jazz Dance in Europe, Canada, Japan, and South America. In addition, she is a trained and skilled Body Worker that applies Simonson philosophy together with Somatic explorations. Her approach lays down a foundation for each individual student in the class to learn, experience, and explore how to best define their bodies.
Ms. King embodies a multitude of artistic experiences stemming from her parents who were both artists and educators. She was greatly influenced by her time in Puerto Rico. While her father was working with such great artists as Pablo Casals, Dizzie Gillespie, Max Roach and Martina Arroyo she was training at Ballet de Puerto Rico. These childhood experiences helped develop her sense of Jazz as Classical. Because of this she teaches Jazz within an historical, cultural, technical and pedagogical context. Her classes integrate various movement approaches from an African (Dunham Training), Afro-Carribean, East Indian, and Latin influence together with Western-Modern methodology.