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Dawn Branch is a native New Yorker and graduate of the world-renowned LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. Dawn holds a BA in Media & Communications from State University at Old Westbury and is DEA Certified Level II. Ms. Branch was a soloist with the Bernice Johnson Dance Company and a scholarship student with the Alvin Ailey American Dance School. She studied under the guidance of Mde. Darvarsh, Penny Frank, Denise Jefferson, Kevin Austin Hunt, as well as Kevin Iega Jeff, the founder and artistic director of the Chicago-based Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre and artist-in-residence at Ballet Chicago. Ms. Branch’s career has included co-choreographing with Michael Peters (choreographer for Michael Jackson) for "On Stage America," performed with Ben Vereen at Avery Fisher Hall in New York and performed with Diana Ross at Central Park, also in New York. She was the rehearsal director for The Chocolate Nutcracker (Orlando, FL) performed with Moore Dance Project (operating out of The Center for Contemporary Dance in Winter Park, FL), was the co-Artistic Director of Momentum Arts in Longwood, FL . She is Founder and President of Dawn Branch Master Dance Series & Performances, a workshop series which brought master teachers from the NYC area into Central Florida 2009-2012. Master Artists included Desmond Richardson, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Obediah Wright, Troy Powell of Alvin Ailey II, and Jamel Gaines of Creative Outlet. Directed the NAACP Local ACTSO program in Sanford, FL for two years where twice her dance competitor placed Gold which qualified for Nationals. Dawn currently the Director of Modern Dance at The Center for Contemporary Dance in Winter Park, FL, as well as a freelance teacher and choreographer throughout Central Florida. Studios to include: The Center for Contemporary Dance, Raskin Dance Studio , New Dimensions Dance Academy, and The Central Florida Ballet. She recently had the opportunity to be a guest teacher/ choreographer at The Florida Dance Theater in Lakeland, FL, Daytona State College, Daytona FL, Bethune Cookman College and Brenau University in Atlanta, Ga. Dawn has choreographed the opening act for “BP” corporate events for the Olympics 2012, and a Radio Disney Event in Winter Park, FL 2013, and choreographed for The World Ballet Competition in Romania and placed fourth. In addition, her work was selected to present at The Gala awards Ceremony. She has choreographed numerous Platinum status awards for National Dance Competitions, and multiple times her performers placed as National Champions. In August of 2013, Master class at "The Grind" for Power House Productions in Dallas, Tx and is currently on The Workshops Annual Faculty. In May of 2012, Dawn launched the Dawn Branch Works Contemporary Ballet Company currently housed by The Center for Contemporary Dance in Winter Park, FL. In April of 2015, Dawn choreographed and produced the production "Eden" which is a community dance production performed at the Shakespeare Theater. The cast included professional performers as well as students throughout Central Florida.

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