Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company


Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company offers artists and communities the unique opportunity to experience dance as a movement that links the arts, cultures, and social causes. “Dakshina” means “offering” in Sanskrit. In recent years, Dakshina has examined the connections between Indian, social, and modern dance forms; brought dance out of the auditorium and into the schools and community centers; and pushed the boundaries of the form through the use of film, interviews, popular music, and theatre.

Artistic director Daniel Phoenix Singh attributes his love of dance to Pamela Matthews, a long time friend, teacher, and mentor. Singh holds an M.F.A. in dance, and he studied Bharata Natyam with Guru Meena Telikicherla for several years. He continues to train at the Maryland Youth Ballet. Singh has been studying the Cuban/Colombian variations of Salsa and Merengue with Javier Varela and Shawn Malone for over nine years and has been studying Tango with Sharna Fabiano for two years.

Harriet Moncure Williams, rehearsal director, has been on the faculty at the Maryland Youth Ballet since 1982. Williams received her early training at the Richmond Academy of Ballet and later with Eric Hampton in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Richmond and was a leading dancer with the Virginia Ballet Theatre. She performed with Perlo/Bloom & Company for many seasons. Williams has taught dance at Randolph-Macon College, George Washington University, Arlington Center for Dance, Dance Place, Richmond Academy of Ballet, Lancaster Ballet. She has also taught master classes for Dance Educators of America, Towson State University, and the NW American College Dance Festival. She has created dances for Maryland Youth Ballet, Perlo/Bloom & Company, Southern Virginia Dance Company, Center Dance Ensemble, and Ballet Theater of Lancaster. As the conservator of the choreographic work of the late Eric Hampton, she has staged his work at the Juilliard School, Washington Ballet, Rincones & Company, CityDance Ensemble, The Maryland Youth Ballet, and DanceSmith.

Karen Studd, Movement Analyst, holds a Masters degree in Dance from University of Oregon (1983). She is also a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT), and Registered Somatic movement Educator (RSME). Studd has taught in the Dance Departments of the University of Oregon, the University of Wisconsin, George Washington University and George Mason, where she is a tenured dance faculty member. She is a teacher of dance technique, experiential anatomy, dance composition and dance appreciation. She is also a choreographer and has set works on both professional and student companies. Studd’s teaching is grounded in the theories of Laban/Bartenieff movement studies and is focused on personal development through the art of movement. For 20 years she has taught in the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies Certification Programs across the United States and in Canada. Internationally, she has taught dance in workshops in Krakow, Poland, the International Summer Dance Festival, in Poznan, Poland and has presented papers and given workshops in Brazil and Bratislava. She has been recently active in the observation of movement of political pundits and has been interviewed by the Washington Post newspaper and on television’s Hard Ball commentary with Chris Mathews.
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company