Yvonne Jones Goodridge

Yvonne Jones Goodridge

Assistant Professor of Dance

Teaching Philosophy

“It is my desire that every dance student have the opportunity to express himself creatively. The current level of the student is not important, what is important is his or her willingness to grow and learn. I want to provide a historical and theoretical context for the studio work, thus enabling the student to absorb technique, not just as isolated steps but as movement rooted in a deeper personal experience. All students have the ability to dance and express themselves through dance and I feel it is my job to provide the tools necessary to make this form of expression purposeful.”

Yvonne Jones Goodridge, an Assistant Professor of Dance at Barry University, is a scholar, educator, and performing artist who has been teaching and working in the field for over 20 years. Mrs. Goodridge holds a BFA degree in Dance from New York University, Tish School of the Arts, and an MA in Dance Education from Columbia University, Teachers College.

Mrs. Goodridge has danced with both the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC). She has performed for the Florida Brazil Festival the Festival de France, the Caribbean Dance Celebration and the Gullah Festival. She has also directed eight dance concerts at Barry University and has choreographed for numerous musicals, including; “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Hello Dolly,” and “Pippin.” Her paper "Tracing the Dance Roots of the Sea Islands" presented and published in Ghana, initiated her interest in researching and performing the Dances of the African Diaspora. Yvonne Jones Goodridge has presented at the Congress On Research in Dance (CORD) Conference for three consecutive years where she has spoken on “Diaspora Dance as a Teaching Tool”, The Ring Shout An Experience Between the Audience and Performer” and “Pedagogy of Caribbean Dance: An Educational Tool."

Selected Professional Activities:
2003Curriculum Designer and Presenter for Miami Dade County Public Schools – Multicultural Dance Workshop, "Teaching Diversity in the Diaspora."
2003Video "Storytelling and Dance" for pre-k, 1st and 2nd graders.
2002Miami Dade Cultural Affairs - Recipient of the Hannibal Cox Grant for a total of $25,000.
2002Debut, Lowe Art Museum – University of Miami.
2001Miami Dade Cultural Affairs – Recipient of Developing Arts in Neighborhoods Grant for $5,000.
2000 - 2002Dance Director of the Children’s Repertory Ensemble.
1999Florida Representative at the Carifesta Arts Festival, St. Kitts, W.I.
1996Debut, Gullah Festival, South Carolina.
1994 - 2000Director, Fine Arts Summer Camp at Barry University.

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