BIOGRAPHY

Completed her Ph.B. degree in Education at Wayne State University and holds an M.A. degree in Humanities from University of Detroit in English, with a cognate in Dance/Theater. She trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School, Broadway Dance Center, Steps Dance Studio and the Martha Graham Schools in New York City. She mentored under dance Icon Katherine Dunham for over 20 years and is the only certified instructor of the Dunham technique in Michigan. Currently she is Co-Director of the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. She has taught and performed in the U.S. (Detroit, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles) as well as Toronto and various countries including England, Scotland, France and Japan. Godboldo has conducted research: "Traditional Dance" and "Dance in Religion" in Brasil, Cuba, Haiti, Benin, West Africa. Since 2006 she has presented papers on her work at the KOSANBA Academic Colloquium, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Massachusetts University, Wayne State University, among other institutions.

Chair of Dance for 18 years Professor Godboldo retired from Marygrove College in December of 2016, where she was Dance Faculty for 35 years. During her tenure she spearheaded the creation of the Dance Education program and was responsible for Marygrove hosting Katherine Dunham, Madame Lavinia Williams, Arthur Mitchell of the Dance Theater of Harlem and Jurgen Schneider— former Balletmaster with American Ballet Theater, Dos Alos (Two Wings) Cuban/Puerto Rican Dance and Music Tour, Haitian Folklore master teachers Louines Louinis, Frederic Leon as well as Artist Teachers from Basil, Senegal, Mali, and Ghana among others. She has taken students and former students to Japan, France and Benin, West Africa. She taught academic courses in the Education, Humanities and Religious Studies departments at Marygrove College, as well. Professor Godboldo has been the Artistic Director of the Hartford Baptist Church Liturgical Dance Ministry for 25 years, she also directs a summer community mentoring program through the arts, "Girls Arts Program (GAP). She currently teaches Dunham Technique at The Studio: Dance Fitness Culture in Hamtramck Michigan.

 
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