Teaching Philosophy

Brigette Dunn-Korpela 

Artistic Director of B. Dunn Movement

Assistant Professor-Dance 

It is my heartfelt belief that education in any field is to discover, realize and experience one's full potential. As a dance educator and mentor I seek to create a space that encourages the students’ maximum potential to authentically express their passion, imagination and creativity. I seek to ignite and stimulate diverse modes of thinking via mind-body intelligences, foster critical analysis and practical application.


I believe dance explores and unveils embodied personal and cultural narratives, embodied histories, practices and cultural knowledge. It unleashes the potential to be fully self-expressed. I believe this to be very empowering and create agency. From my personal and professional experience I discovered I am most authentic when I dance and my kinetic intelligence is at its highest. It is for this reason I teach this art form. It is my desire to share my experiences, discoveries and even my failures so they may find their personal voice and heartbeat for their life’s purpose and/or joy. I have seen the power of dance and its ability to connect with our humanity, self, other and environment.


My approach to dance training and education is rooted in time-honored traditions of the Lester Horton Modern dance technique, somatic practices of yoga and diverse improvisation, methodologies. I encourage principles of discipline, curiosity and respect for the craft and dance lineage. Creating a culturally inclusive classroom that incorporates the intersectionality of race, gender, class and culture is paramount to my class structure, environment, students’ participation and success. I find these components lend themselves to increased self- awareness, agency and community responsibility. I believe mastery and understanding of the craft of dance technique, improvisation and choreographic inquiry offer multi-dimensional opportunities. This disciplined approach to contemporary/modern dance training I believe has produced artists of the highest caliber and assist the dancers in becoming proficient and well-rounded human beings. I fuse somatic and organic elements of yoga, floor barre, breathwork to build strength, flexibility and versatility. Importance of musicality, aesthetic and spatial awareness, lines of energy are equally important to my approach. This I believe offers the dancer extreme levels of strength, virtuosity, creative expression and discipline; that provide an opportunity for maximum range, understanding and command of one’s instrument.

Ongoing Teaching Schedule


Artistic Director, Brigette Dunn-Korpela, joined the CalArts faculty in the Fall of 2019.