As a guest teaching artist Dawn Marie has led classes at various universities spanning the country including Cheyney University, University of California (Irvine), Rutgers University, Florida State University and Howard University. In 2014 she served as the Fall Artist in Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography where her new work Dying/IN made its world premier at the 2015 VCU Dance NOW Faculty Concert.
Dawn Marie has also led repertory workshops and taught master classes at The International Association of Blacks
in Dance Conference, Jazz World Congress, MASS MoCA and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. She has been commissioned to create work for performing companies such as Danco II and Berks Ballet Theater and her ballet Pacing, choreographed for Berks Ballet Theater, was selected to be presented at the 2013 Regional Dance Arts Festival. Also, in 2013, Dawn Marie presented her first solo work Loss: Loving Into Life at the American Dance Festival. From 1998-2009 Dawn Marie served as a principal dancer with PHILADANCO.
During that time she had the opportunity to work with esteemed choreographers such as Ronald K. Brown, Bebe Miller, Dianne McIntyre, Dwight Rhoden, Camille A. Brown, Christopher Huggins, Alonzo King, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Geoffrey Holder, Elisa Monte, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Daniel Ezralow and Rennie Harris. Dawn Marie has also lent her talents to Waheed Works, the Tania Isaac Dance Project, The Fred Benjamin Dance Company and Deeply Rooted Dance Productions. After her tenure with PHILADANCO, Dawn Marie joined the cast of The First National Tour of the Color Purple dancing with the ensemble as well as understudying lead roles. She has also been featured in regional productions of Dreamgirls, Purlie, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and All Shook Up.
In 2001, Dawn Marie was selected to perform Strange Fruit, a solo choreographed by the late Dr. Pearl Primus, for the American Dance Festival’s film Dancing in the Light. This performance was aired on PBS as a part of ADF’s Emmy award winning series Free to Dance, which highlights the “important role black choreographers have played in the history of American Modern Dance.”
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Dawn Marie began studying dance and voice at the Fournier-Grego Performing Arts Center. She continued her ballet training at Covenant Dance Studio, Joffrey Ballet School, Ballet Academy East and the Usdan Center for the Performing Arts. As a student at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts, Dawn Marie was introduced to modern dance. She was subsequently awarded scholarships to continue training in ballet, jazz and modern dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and Dance Theater of Harlem.
Dawn Marie has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hollins University. In 1994 she was selected to be a finalist in the ARTS Recognition and Talent Search and she has been the recipient of the Bonnie Pfeifer Evans Educational Scholarship and the Helen Tamiris Award for Excellence in Dance. In addition to teaching at Berks Ballet Conservatory of Dance, Dawn Marie is a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts and a faculty member at the PA Leadership Charter School Center for Performing and Fine ArtsYoga came to the attention of an educated western public in the mid-19th century along with other topics of Indian philosophy. In the context of this budding interest, N. C. Paul published his Treatise on Yoga Philosophy in 1851.