Instructors

Classes are offered by Word Dance Theater, Washington, DC’s premiere Duncan dance company.

Becky Lallande is an instructor and company member of Word Dance Theater where she has received training in Duncan technique with an emphasis on teaching dance and movement for youth.  Becky holds a BA in Religion from the University of Mary Washington while she also studied dance and vocal performance. Since returning to Northern Virginia, Becky joined the DC hip hop team Capital Funk and received certification in dance choreography through Dance ICONS, an international choreographic institute based in Washington, DC. Becky is a teaching artist through Wolf Trap’s Institute of Early Learning in the Arts, InnerCity-InnerChild, and Sitar Arts Center, where she shares creative movement through dance, imagination, and rhythmic exploration with young children in classrooms and community centers. Becky loves the joy and beauty in dance and especially adores watching the growth and happiness it brings to children.

Mary Norris studied modern dance as an undergraduate and graduate student, but lost touch with dance during her years overseas working with the U.S. Agency for International Development. She is delighted to now have the chance to train again, this time in the Duncan technique and philosophy. Mary has trained for three years in the Duncan technique under Cynthia Word, MFA, Certified Duncan Teacher, and the Founder/Director of Word Dance Theater. She has also studied with Valerie Durham, MFA, and Jeanne Bresciani, Ph.D. She has performed in ensemble pieces and one duet. Mary loves Duncan dancing for what it enables her to express, its foundation in nature-based movement, and its rich repertory. Mary believes that Duncan dance imparts emotional, cognitive and physical benefits on its practitioners, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of the dance in assisting Rebecca Lallande with the Duncan youth classes.

Sylvana Juliet Christopher is a Guamanian American trained at The Washington Ballet with a BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University where she developed a love for dance forms of the African Diaspora and the field of Dance Education. She’s been a member of Arts United of Washington, BosmaDance, Bowen McCauley Dance Company, Glade Dance Collective, Gesel Mason Performance Projects and Rincones & Company Dance Theater. As Word Dance Theater’s instructor she looks forward to sharing the Duncan technique with DC youth.