My first Modern with Yvonne Gagliardo class from Aging Creatively series was inspiring, beautiful and challenging. I turned 55 last summer, and was contemplating joining San Diego Dance Theater's classes for 55+ ever since. Today, I finally found courage to try one such class. The teacher and the dancers were very welcoming and gave me lots of praise. I really enjoyed proper dance routines, and dance combinations. I had not done any dancing for a really long time, so it was a comforting feeling that I still have some movement left in my body.
Khamla Somphanh is a passionate teaching artist, educator and choreographer who aims to work with aspiring dancers to enhance their education by way of positive mentoring and informative direction. She has presented her Contemporary Horton-based classes at colleges, universities and high schools as well as dance institutions throughout the country. Somphanh is currently faculty as part-time lecturer at San Diego State University, Modern Instructor for Lynch Dance Institute and Carlsbad Performing Arts Academy in San Diego. She is also onboard as the Modern Dance Instructor for the Kennedy Center Dance Lab summer intensive program in Washington, D.C. led by Hope Boykin.
Her choreographic works have been commissioned by Wasatch Contemporary Dance, LITVAKdance, San Diego Dance Theater, Trolley Dances of San Diego, The PGK Project, Visionary Dance Theater, Diversionary Theater, Canyon Crest Academy, Malashock Dance School, Carlsbad Performing Arts Academy, School of Creative and Performing Arts High School among others.
Some of her performing credits include ODC/San Francisco Dance Company, Wylliams/Henry Dance Ensemble, Na-Ni Chen Dance Company, East/West Repertory Ensemble, New World Dance Company, Soundance Dance Company, Malashock Dance Company, San Diego Opera, “The King and I” on Broadway and 1st national touring company.
Ms. Somphanh received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from St. Mary’s College of California, graduated from Duke Ellington Performing Arts High School in Washington, D.C. and attained Certification in Theory and Practice of Horton Pedagogy from The Alvin Ailey School in NYC.