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This profile was last updated on 11/19/14  and contains information from public web pages.

Ms. Nadia Dieudonné

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Rhythm N Dance LLC
6906 4Th Street , NW
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20012
United States

Company Description: As most of you already know, Rhythm N Dance has partnered with the Edeyo Foundation to provided preforming arts education to the children of the Joyous Heart School...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder


  • adult master classes
    Katherine Dunham Dance Institute
  • adult master classes
    New York University , Lincoln Center
  • graduate degree , Dance Education
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Danse Edeyo – New York Edition | Rhythm N' Dance, 19 Nov 2014 [cached]
The finale part of the event will be a class in Haitian dance taught buy our featured artist, Ms. Nadia Dieudonné.
Nadia has a lifetime of experience in traditional Haitian dance. By the age of 12 years she was performing with the well known Haitian folk singer and activist Myriam Dorismé. Today, after more than 15 years of dancing, Nadia is regarded as one of the best Banda dancers outside of Haiti. She regularly returns to the island where she attends various Lakous (rural communities that preserve and practice Vodou), deepening her skills and understanding of the traditional practice. In 1994, Nadia founded Feet of Rhythm Afro-Haitian Dance Company, which was created to preserve and promote the rich cultural traditions of Haiti. Feet of Rhythm has been featured at several venues within the US and abroad. Since 1995, through her creation of the Feet of Rhythm Kids Cultural Program & Dance Company, Nadia has taught Haitian music and dance in public schools, community based organizations, and daycare centers. Nadia has also conducted adult master classes at several prestigious institutions, including New York University, Lincoln Center, and the Katherine Dunham Dance Institute. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Dance Education at NYU.
Nadia Dieudonnè - Artistic ..., 4 Oct 2012 [cached]
Nadia Dieudonnè - Artistic Director, Feet of Rhythm Haitian Dance Company
3:30-5 - Nadia Dieudonnè
5:30-7 - Nadia Dieudonnè
Archive: An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with dancer & choreographer Nadia Dieudonne « Haiti Cultural Exchange, 16 June 2014 [cached]
Archive: An n' Pale | Café Conversation with dancer & choreographer Nadia Dieudonne
A Humble Dancer: An n' Pale | Café Conversation with Nadia Dieudonne
But that didn't stop fans of Nadia Dieudonne from coming to Haiti Cultural Exchange's An n' Pale event which featured the Haitian-American choreographer, dancer and teacher in an intimate discussion, giving the small group a sincere look into the world of a dancer.
Nadia began dancing at an early age. As the youngest of two, she was always determined to live out the dream that her older sister, also a dancer, never had the freedom to do. Nadia's determination to become a performer strengthened after seeing a performance in Haiti as a young child, forgoing any of her parents' wishes to become a nurse. "My sister is the oldest so she had to become the Nurse of the family, but they couldn't get to me. As the younger child, I got away with a lot."
It was clear Nadia wasn't concerned with presenting herself as a flashy dance connoisseur, but as someone who, like every creative, is still evolving as an artist and individual- developing her dream one step at a time while making sure to keep her sense of culture and identity intact.
Nadia described how her mother enrolled her in anything and everything Haitian centered, making sure her daughter learned about her culture and heritage: "My mother made sure that everything I did was involved with my culture."
Losing sense of who you are and where you came from is a battle many artists are all too familiar with and often lost along the way. In between screened clips of past performances, Nadia admitted to how her mother's cultural drilling affected her whole creative outlook in not only presenting herself as a performer of Haitian descent but in encouraging Haitian youth to embrace this in themselves as well. She has taught dance classes for young girls, who, until this year, given the opportunity to participate in the West Indian Kiddie Parade.
Unfortunately, the youth extension of her studio, Feet of Rhythm Kids has been cut from her offerings. Nadia cites the cause as a lack of funding and recalls the purchasing of fabric and the designing of the elaborate parade costumes -a venture she admitted to being fulfilling but costly: "I have so many things that I would like to do or continue doing, it's just the problem of funding that prevents me from moving forward."
I enjoyed and appreciated her humility and honesty. I know some visual and performing artists who aren't the richest creative force out there, but they are never one to be so blunt about it (unless they're the proud starving artist types, a whole different story.) It is comforting to know that there are artists who can be relatable while genuinely portraying their own unique talent and flair. Nadia brilliantly exhibited both these qualities with humor and humility.
Archive: HCX Collaboration | Contemporary Haitian Theatre: Playwright & Novelist Gary Victor « Haiti Cultural Exchange, 16 June 2014 [cached]
Nadia Dieudonne | Archive: HCX Collaboration | VOCES with Edouard Duval-Carrié at El Museo del Barrio >
Clients - World Music Promotions, 9 June 2013 [cached]
Nadia Dieudonné & Feet of Rhythm
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