Denise Brown teaches dance in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City where her students are exposed to the diversity of dance. Originally from Rhode Island, Ms. Brown studied Modern Dance with Elizabeth Spatz, Kathy Nicoli, and Heather Ahern as well as dramatic and comedic acting with Wendy Overly and Constance Crawford.
Ms. Brown holds a B.S. in Consumer Studies, from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she continued her study of dance and theatre with professors Billbob Brown, Ching Hosier and Julie Nelson. She later traveled to live and study the Spanish language and Spanish dance forms in Seville, Spain. In 2004, Ms. Brown began graduate study and received an M.A. in Dance Education/K-12 Certification at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in 2006. She has been employed with RI Dance Alliance as a dance educator for the outreach program Chance to Dance, under the direction of Helene Scheff and Marty Sprague and has worked extensively with Rhode Island Youth Theatre, a non-profit theatre company, as a choreographer and/or performer.
Ms. Brown has performed in the works of Deborah Damast and Andrea Markus, the New Music and Dance Ensemble in Genoa, Italy and New York, in collaborations with New York composer/musician Jonathan Zalben., Benny Simon, Te Perez, SHEmotion (directed by Julie Klein), with the Movement of the People (directed by Joya Powell), and with Moore Dance Collective (directed by Sarah Moore). In addition, Ms. Brown has performed in NYU Masters/Faculty concerts, at the Apollo theatre, and presented her own choreographic work entitled (B.O.D.Y) Bordering on Destructive Yearnings. Ms. Brown continues to develop her pedagogy and training in both dance and yoga, finishing her 3rd Anusara 36 hour yoga immersion and completing the "Teaching Contemporary LImon" two week intensive in NYC, the Lester Horton Pedagogy Workshop at the Ailey School, and the Luigi Jazz Technique Intensive in NYC. She has also presented at National Dance Education Conferences throughout the country and has begun a chapter of the National Dance Honors Society.