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Broadway performer teaches master class

February 6, 2015

Hettie Barnhill, an actor, dancer, choreographer, singer and Broadway performer, returned to Stephens College today to teach master classes in African dance and musical theatre.

At today’s dance workshop, Barnhill encouraged students to rely on gravity—rather than heavy muscles—to make their movements seamless and light. Students mimicked her floor exercises before kicking twisting to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”

Later in the day, Barnhill was scheduled to lead a master class in musical theatre based on “Chicago the Musical.”

Barnhill, who debuted on Broadway in 2009 in the Tony Award-winning production of “Fela,” most recently performed in the production “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.” This summer, she was a resident artist at Stephens Summer Dance, where she taught contemporary movements inspired by Broadway.

Last summer, she also worked with A Long Walk Home, Inc., a non-profit organization that uses art therapy and performing arts to educate the public about healing from trauma.

Barnhill been honored twice as a Rising Star by the Young & Powerful for Obama Group and in 2011 was named NAACP “Top 21 Leaders 40 and Under” in the fields of arts and culture.


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