I’ve been looking forward to taking classes at the Rhody Center for a while. I finally signed up for what will hopefully be the first of many classes. Yesterday I was excited to take my first belly dance class. Kristen was very friendly and helpful. She took the movements slowly, broke them down and explained the mechanics. In addition, Kristen sought our input and geared the class toward our needs, making it indivialized. The added benefit was the small class size of wonderful, like minded people. I love the music, the dance space (colorful), the instructor, and the variation in styles (Arabic vs. Egyptian, etc.). Thank you for an amazing first experience and thank you Julie for hooking me up with a coin hip scarf. Can’t wait to spend next week learning more with everyone!
Joseph Godfrey is a pianist and educator in New England. He holds degrees in Jazz Studies from the University of South Carolina (MM) and Jazz Performance (BM) from the University of Rhode Island. Performance highlights include performing at the Newport Jazz Festival (2013) and Falmouth Jazz Festival (2012). Joseph performs in many venues in the New England area as a solo pianist and as a member of a small ensemble. Functions include wedding ceremonies, receptions and cocktail hours, restaurants, church services, business events, social events and private functions.
Joseph has taught private lessons, small classes and coached jazz combos at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, and Friends of the Music Mansion. He currently teaches at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School and Rhody Center for World Music and Dance and plays in two bands; Panoramic View and 10:2. Joseph is active as a performer in New England as a pianist equally proficient in jazz, classical and popular music.