Upcoming Events

Sukie will perform as Carabosse in Ascend Dance Academy’s production of Sleeping Beauty on Saturday, May 21 at 1:30pm!

Sukie performs in Tap Side Story with Tap 24.7 on Sunday, May 29 at Mesa Community College. It’s a celebration of National Tap Dance Day, the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson!

The Institute for Dunham Technique Certification announces its first in-person conference since 2019. Join us for the annual Dunham Technique Intensive July 25 – 29, 2022 at the University of Southern Indiana. Sukie will teach Dunham Jazz!

Sukie will be contributing materials to the Dunham Data Project’s Teaching Toolkit. She was also interviewed as an Expert User of the website that features new methods of capturing data on dance history- Interactive Inspiration Space-Time Mapping, Networks, Timelines, and more. This pioneering work has been led by Kate Elswit and Harmony Bench with contributions by Tia-Monique Uzor and Antonio Jimenez- Mavillard. (Dunham’s Data is a three-year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.)

Recent News

Sukie completed her certificate program in Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University in May 2022. The four online courses focus on fostering inclusive practices at work and developing culturally competent and inclusive leaders in every industry.

Sukie’s new choreography, “Vulnerable is the New Brave,” set on Verve Dance Company at Glendale Community College, took place April 29 – May 1, 2022 at their Spring Dance Concert JOIE.

Listen to Sukie’s new podcast episode on culturally relevant and brain-based pedagogy with Dance Education Canada

Sukie presented an Anti-Racist Educator’s Workshop with Red Clay Dance Company, Chicago in March 2022

See my latest creative project here:

When the Eye Begins to See

When the Eye Begins to See (T. Roethke) is a testament to the quickening pace of my creativity as I began to incorporate what I learned through a period of struggle. When we no longer deny the “yes within ourselves (A. Lorde),” we will know who we are and what we can accomplish. This film took place on Washoe, Northern Paiute, Southern Paiute, Western Shoshone, and Mohave land. (For more background, please visit my Vimeo site.)

Who is Sukie Keita?

“Sukie Keita’s dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion shines in all her actions. She is passionate around developing relevant artists who are cognizant of the depth of history around the art of dance, especially in the specialties of jazz and modern dance.”

— Rachel Velarde, DMA
Sukie is wearing a team and navy patterned sheer dress over a leotard. Her hair is cropped. She tips back her upper body and looks upward toward one hand, which appears to be mid-spiral.
Sukie dances in a sheer blue and green shift. Photo: Jade Beall

Biography

Inspiring people to get up and groove for decades, dance educator and artist Sukie Keita grew up as a ballet-trained bunhead with a split-tap personality. She began her performance career in New York City, appearing in a range of productions including an off-Broadway house musical and a music video with Whitney Houston. She became hooked on the Dunham Way of Life after meeting Katherine Dunham at a New York City Public School teacher-training conference in 2000 and earned her Dunham Technique teaching certification in 2012.

Returning to Michigan and performing with InSync Dance Theatre, Sukie earned an MFA at the University Of Arizona School Of Dance. She performed with Orts Theatre of Dance, Thom Lewis Dance, and New Articulations in Arizona as well as projects with Jenny Showalter, Suzy Guarino-Hall, and Ojeya Cruz Banks. After leading several K-12 public school dance programs. Sukie went on to found degrees in dance and dance education at Grand Canyon University, training culturally competent dance educators and blazing a trail as a social practice dance artist and decolonizing dance pedagogue within a socially conservative setting.

Sukie serves with the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification as Chair of the Pedagogy Committee, supporting candidates in the process of becoming certified teachers of Dunham Technique. She also served for 10 years on the board of the Arizona Dance Education Organization as president and higher education representative, establishing empowering dance programs for youth including Dance @ The Core, the AzDEO College Expo, and the AzDEO Summer Leadership Camp.

Sukie lives in Phoenix and teaches at Estrella Mountain Community College. She also creates, produces, and consults with @SukieDance.

“After many efforts to arrive at some conclusive decision when thinking of dance, I have decided upon this, that dance is not a technique but a social act and that dance should return to where it first came from, which is the heart and soul of man, and man’s social living.”

Katherine Dunham

Sukie Keita: Selected Repertory on Vimeo

Services:

  • Dance Teacher Training
  • Choreography
  • Artist Residencies
  • Educational Consulting
  • Curriculum Writing
  • Action Research
  • Concert Dance Production
  • Dance Adjudication
  • Concert Dance Curation
  • Grant Writing
  • Public Speaking
  • Project Design
  • Community Organizing Support
Photo: K Shaka Opare
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