Dwana Smallwood
Proclaimed “one of the greatest modern dancers” by Vogue Magazine, Brooklyn born dancer Dwana A. Smallwood danced before millions as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show as a part of her “TheBest…” series. Dwana learned to dance at an early age, which led to her tenure as a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has appeared on many American television shows including Sesame Street, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Vibe, BK Live, WBLS FM 107.5,ABC 7 NY News, The Kennedy Center Honors and was featured on Oprah’s: Where Are They Now. Dwana was also featured in American Public Broadcasting’s “Great Performances,” and the documentary “Beyond the Steps'' and appears in the documentary, “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey.” She was featured inVogue Magazine, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, National Geographic, Girl Scout Magazine, Harper’sBazaar, New York Moves, Essence Magazine and was the second Black woman to ever grace the cover of Dance Magazine. In 2005, Dwana was celebrated as one of the “50 Most Beautiful New Yorkers” by New York Magazine. Committed to spending a lifetime mentoring young people, she was awarded aLifetime Achievement Award from Ile-Ase, Brooklyn in 2009 for her continued support of the world’s young women. In January 2009, Dwana moved to South Africa to join the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG), where she was the architect of the school’s Dance Program. She was also the Co-Curricular Coordinator, the Director of Student Affairs and served on the Executive Committee. In 2013, she returned home to Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and founded the Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center (DSPAC), a newly incorporated not-for-profit, bringing top-flight dance instruction for children and youth, aiming to mold elite dancers, create community identity, and encourage creative activity in neglected inner-city neighborhoods. Serving as the Executive Director, she wears many hats. Dwana serves the organization with human resources, operations, technology assistance,financial management, board support, fundraising, program development, grant writing, community relations, and marketing. In addition, she continues to teach, choreograph, design and construct costumes.
In-Person Session
Come learn from the former premier of the Alvin Ailey Dance company of NYC, Dwana Smallwood. Ground your mind and body chair flow. This is a great way to relax from head to toe without getting out of your chair. This flow is also perfect for those wanting a quick way to stretch your body and relieve tension while at work, without leaving your office chair. Open your hips, move your shoulders, and neck, and find length in your spine with this chair flow.

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