Meet your instructors

Every day, you will have the opportunity to learn about couple dance, solo dance, body awareness and African aesthetic.

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Annette Kühnle

Annette hails from Heidelberg, Germany and is one of Europe’s most prominent proselytisers of blues dance as a teacher, social dancer, DJ and organiser.

Her love of teaching and dancing are infectious and if you’ve travelled for blues, you probably already knew that! Annette is excited to be teaching in Umbria for the first time, and she is looking forward to helping you bring out your inner awesome! 

Dominic Hannah

Dominic is a dance instructor currently based in Raleigh, NC. He has been dancing Blues for about 4 years, but has been dancing in his bathroom mirror for as long as he can remember! He is originally from The Bahama Islands, and the Caribbean style music he grew up listening/dancing to has an unmistakable influence on his style. He enjoys the depth and richness of the stories told through Blues music, and the strong characteristic sounds of the music itself. Dominic is best known for his fluid leg movements, whole-body multirhythm techniques, musicality and creative subtlety in his solo and partnered dancing. He draws inspiration from his 5 years of freestyle roller-skating, grooving to hip hop, house and R&B. 

Dominic brings excitement and a calm, genuine enthusiasm to every class session! His love for personal expression and unique partnership dynamics shines through in his teaching as he encourages students to explore ways to take practical ownership of their movements. He regularly teaches Blues classes in his current home scene in Raleigh, and has started to teach more at regional and national Blues events such as Take My Hand Blues in Washington, DC, Blues Geek in St. Louis, MO, and Austin Blues Party in Austin, TX. Dominic is a structural engineer and approaches the construction of dance/partnership mechanics from this perspective, so expect entertaining metaphors in his sessions!

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Catherine Palmier

Catherine Palmier assists individuals to unleash one’s own authentic movement offering guided explorations to refine one’s dance using grounded organic movement, effortless power and fluid grace.

With over 10 years of professional dance experience, academic dance training in Paris, and knowledge of multiple styles of dance, Catherine skillfully and with a keen movement sensibility helps dancers discover the origin and understanding of their own personal movement. She draws from performance concepts, emotions, visualizations, memories, body mechanics, sensations and alignment to support a constantly flourishing understanding of dance for her students.

Catherine hopes her students receive insight, playfulness and enthusiasm from her work enabling them to develop their own signature style within their dance.

Because of Catherine’s ability to interpret various dance styles coupled with her proficiency in revealing the unlimited nature of African dance an body mechanics, this makes her appealing to dancers of any genre or experience level.

and more to be announced…