Kim Gadlin has been teaching dance in higher education for the past 20 years. Currently, she is teaching at Drexel University and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She has taught Dunham inspired classes, production, dance history, arts integration, and dance from a womanist’s perspective. Throughout her career she has taught African infused dance, ballet, Dunham inspired classes, jazz, Graham, Horton, improvisation, and dance/movement workshops that focus on dance as a healing modality.
Presently, she is the newly appointed Director of Dance Education for The Philadelphia Dance Company that is warmly known as PHILADANCO! and the current Director of the youth ensemble D/3. She teaches for the Philadelphia Dance Arts School and recently, she has been asked to teach master classes for PHILADANCO!’s first and second companies.
Ms. Gadlin was a soloist with PHILADANCO! and a principal dancer with the Joseph Holmes Dance Theater of Chicago. She has created and set choreography within higher education institutions and secondary schools along with choreography, she has been casted in movies, commercials, and videos. She is the co-founder of D.ancestors Present…a platform where dance is used as a modality of healing and self development. She is also the co-founder of The African Diasporic Dance Conference at the Claremont Colleges.
She received her professional dance training from the Alvin Ailey Studios- Merit Scholarship, Joel Hall: New School North, Joseph Holmes School of Dance-Chance to Dance Scholarship, Philadanco!, Ruth Page School of Dance, and STEPS. She has studied and worked closely with Joseph Holmes, Joan Myers Brown, Milton Myers, Talley Beatty, Harriet Ross, Randy Duncan, Keith McDaniel, Thea Barnes, Tommy Gomez, Homer Bryant, Joel Hall, Walter Raines, Jose Myers, Joan Peters and many others renowned teachers and choreographers.
Ms. Gadlin was a Pitzer College New Resource student and graduated with a B.A. in Dance. She has a M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Dance Education from Claremont, and she is completing a Ph.D. in Dance at Texas Woman’s University. She is working towards gaining a certification in Dance/Movement Therapy and in the Dunham Technique. One of Ms. Gadlin’s core beliefs is that dance has the power to build sustainable and creative communities that transforms lives.