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Dina-Verley Christophe

dinaverley@gmail.com

Education
2006-2009 Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance
January 2009 - Master of Fine Arts, Dance

2002-2006 The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA


School of Dance
May 2006 - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance Performance

Teaching Experience
August 2016-Present Sacred Heart University
Umfundalaiand
Instructing dance conditioning
Contemporary African Dance Classes
Choreographing new works on the Sacred Heart
University dance company
Jan 2013-Dec 2013 Dickinson College Postgraduate Fellow, Carlisle, PA
Instructor of record for Beginner Modern Dance,
Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance, Jazz The Thinking
Dance Body
Technique,
(Dance Anatomy course)
Taught Dickinson College Dance Theatre Group
company class
Choreographed andThe Dance in planning
assisted
w Annual Spring Dance Concert
Mentored Student choreography

Fall 2012 Salem High School Dance Instructor, Salem, NJ


Taught Invitation to the Arts, Dance Composition, Jazz
Dance, and Modern Dance to the 9th through 12th grade populations
Choreographed and assisted in planning Winter Concert

January 2010-June 2012 The Far Brook School Dance Instructor, Short Hills, NJ
Taught creative movement and dance composition skills
to nursery through 6th grade population
Planned yearly curriculum targeted to grade and skill
level in collaboration with Lydia Johnson Dance educational standards
October 2008-April 2009 University of Pennsylvania Dance Instructor, Philadelphia, PA
Taught Hip Hop, Ballet and Afro-Modern fitness classes
within the Department of Recreation

June 2008- May 2009 Temple University Adjunct Faculty, Philadelphia, PA


Instructor of record for Dance Composition, Modern
Dance Technique, and Umfundalai African Dance Technique

Spring 2009 Muhlenberg College Guest Lecturer, Allentown, PA


Instructor of record for Intermediate and Advanced Jazz
Dance Technique

Aug 2008-May 2009 Koresh School of Dance Dance Instructor, Philadelphia, PA


Taught Afro-Modern, an open class for all skill levels

Aug 2006-May 2008 Temple University Graduate Teaching Assistant, Philadelphia,


PA
Dance in Human Society
Dance,Instructor of record for ,
and Freshman Repertory

Company Experience
August 2011 - April 2014 Matthew Westerby Company Dancer

April 2007 - October 2013 Charles O. Anderson/ Dance Theatre X Dancer/Soloist

Summer 2009 Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Apprentice

August 1998 - June 2009 Kariamu & Co.: Traditions Dancer/Soloist

April 2006 - August 2007 Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble Rehearsal


Director/Dancer

Residencies/Workshops/Conferences

2017 Umfundalai Teachers Intensive, Facilitator Coordinator,


Charlotte, NC
Facilitated communication between conference facilitators and
the chairperson

2010 - 2014 Project Poetry Live!, Instructor, Waterbury, CT


Taught weeklong dance workshops every academic year with
Matthew Westerby Dance Company to 7th grade population that included over 75 attendees

Spring 2013 Norfolk State University, Guest Choreographer, Norfolk, VA


Staged 30 minute dance piece on 10 members of Norfolk State
University Dance Theatre

February 2011 Georgian Court University, Visiting Artist, Lakewood, NJ


Taught two day Afro Modern workshop

July 2010-September 2010 Topaz Arts, Resident Choreographer, Queens, NY


Awarded the two month Solo Flight Residency, which included
free rehearsal space and a full production showing in the black box performance space

January 2009-June 2009 The nEW Festival, Resident Choreographer, Philadelphia, PA


Completed a six month residency to develop original work, along
with several other choreographers, which included open rehearsals, showings and
culminated in a performance series in The Drake Theater at The University of the Arts

November 2008 Cedar Crest College, Guest Teacher, Allentown, PA


Taught one day Jazz dance workshop

September 2008 Muhlenberg College, Guest Teacher, Allentown, PA


Taught one day Umfundalai African dance workshop

June 2008 Drexel University, Guest Teacher, Philadelphia, PA


Taught one day Umfundalai African dance workshop

April 2007 Black College Dance Exchange, Norfolk State University, VA


Taught Ballet and Jazz dance workshops to conference
attendees

March 2007 American College Dance Festival, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY


Taught Umfundalai African dance workshop to over 70
conference attendees

March 2005 Dance and the Child International Conference, Philadelphia, PA


Taught Umfundalai African dance workshop to K-12 student
population

July 2004 Stella Maris Dance Ensemble, Kingston, Jamaica


Assisted Dr. Kariamu Welsh on a summer long residency to
stage an original work on members on the ensemble
Performances (* Denotes Choreography Credit)

in collaboration with Dr. Glendola Yhema Mills, Morgan State University,


Baltimore, MD, 2017
Merian Soto, Temple University Faculty Dance Concert, Conwell
Dance Theater, Philadelphia, PA, 2017
Winter Light Dance Concert, Sacred Heart University,
Fairfield, CT, 2016
Women in Motion Salon: Spring in Nolita, NYC, 2015
, Dance at Cahill, Cahill Theater, College of Mount Saint
Vincent, Bronx, NY, 2015
Matthew Westerby Company, Matthew Westerby,
Hudson Guild Theater, NYC, 2014
The Dance Show, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, 2013
The Dance Show, Dickinson College,
Carlisle, PA, 2013
Dance Theatre X, Charles O. Anderson, Conwell Dance
Theater, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2013
Dance Theatre X, Charles O. Anderson, McCullough Theater,
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 2013
Norfolk State University Spring Dance Concert, Norfolk, VA,
2013
, Dance at Cahill, Cahill Theater, College of Mount Saint Vincent,
Bronx, NY, 2013
Dance Theatre X, Charles O. Anderson, Velocity Dance
Center, Seattle, WA, 2012
, Dance at Cahill, Cahill Theater, College of Mount Saint
Vincent, Bronx, NY, 2012
, Solo Flight, Topaz Arts, Queens, NY, 2010
, The nEW Festival, The Drake Theater, University of the Arts, 2009
, Conwell Dance Theater, Temple University, Philadelphia,
PA - MFA Thesis Presentation, 2008
Dance Theater X, Charles O. Anderson, The Painted Bride Arts Center,
Philadelphia, PA, 2007
, ACDFA, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY - Adjudicated
performance and invited to reprise in closing gala concert, 2007
, Avenge the Void, The Drake Theater, University of the Arts,
Philadelphia, PA

Production Experience
Fall 2012 - Spring 2013 Production Manager, Showcase, College
of Mount Saint Vincent, Bronx, NY
Managed general responsibilities of the concert by
coordinating pre-production tasks and securing contributing choreographers

September 2007 - June 2008 Production Manager, Umfundalai Intensive, Temple


University, PA
Managed general responsibilities of the conferences
culminating concert by securing contributing choreographers and hiring production
staff

September 2006 Co-Producer, , Philadelphia, PA


Co-produced a group concert as part of the Philadelphia
Responsibilities included marketing/advertising the concert, securing
the performance venue and managing ticket sales

Awards
2009 Rose Vernick Artistic Transformation Award, Esther Boyer College of
Music and Dance Awards Ceremony

2006 Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence, University of the Arts School
of Dance Award Ceremony

2005 W. W. Smith Charitable Trust Award, University of the Arts School of


Dance

2002- 2006 Promising Artist Award, University of the Arts School of Dance

Certifications
2016 - Present Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine
2016 - Present Certified Professional Teacher, Umfundalai Contemporary
African Dance Technique
2010 - Present The Bar Method Exercise Technique

References
Available upon request