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Hetty King

Hetty King is a native New Yorker. She has been a part of the NYC dance and performance world as a performer, choreographer, dance educator, writer, and scholar since she graduated from the H. S. of Performing Arts in 1982. Her work has been presented in NYC and across Canada. As a performer, Hetty danced in the company of numerous choreographers, Ralph Lemon and David Dorfman, to name a few. Hetty has worked in dance education since 2000 as a teaching artist and a licensed NYS Dance Educator in public and private schools. As a devoted student of the late somatic movement pioneer Nancy Topf, Hetty nurtured a deep love of the somatic arts as they relate to dance, embodiment, and the education of the whole child. Hetty completed Nancy’s posthumous manuscript – A Guide to a Somatic Movement Practice the Anatomy of Center - published by the University Press of Florida in 2022. Hetty is a student in the EdD Dance Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests are in the intersection of somatic education and dance education in early childhood. She has published in CQ Unbound and Dance Education in Practice. Currently, she is the dance educator PreK3-5 at PS 145 in Bushwick. King lives in Brooklyn with her husband, a theatre technician at the Metropolitan Opera, their two adopted daughters, an international student from China, and their cat Clyde.

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