Countess V. WinfreyDance/Movement
Nashville native, Countess V. Winfrey, began her dance training at the age of 11 at Wharton Arts Magnet Middle school and continued her training at Nashville School of the Arts, before pursuing dance as a minor at the University of Memphis. After deciding to continue her dance training post graduation, Ms. Winfrey joined Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s pre-professional ensemble in 2012, which then led into a professional dance career with The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.
Ms. Winfrey has danced professionally with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) and with ClancyWorks Dance Company, based in Washington, D.C. In addition to being a professional dance artist, Countess has also been a teaching artist for the past seven years, teaching both recreational and master classes in various styles at many dance institutions and schools regionally, nationally, and internationally. She has choreographed works on a multitude of students from ages eight to post college graduates and professionals. Regionally, Ms. Winfrey has set work for DCDC2, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; nationally, she has set work in the Washington, D.C. area for ClancyWorks Dance Company, West Potomac High School in Virginia, and has co-choreographed a piece for the University of Memphis Dance Department; internationally, she co-choreographed a piece for an international dance company called Kazyna Dance Company based out of Shymkent, Kazakhstan in May 2018.
Countess V. has had the opportunity to perform internationally in Kazakhstan, China, and Russia (including two sold out performances at the world famous Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia). She has performed works by Donald McKayle, Ray Mercer, Dwight Rhoden, Ronald K. Brown, Crystal Michelle, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Kevin Ward, Sarah Gamblin, Adrienne Clancy, and many more. Ms. Winfrey will be entering her 5th season with the professional company and her 7th year with the organization.
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 1-3
- Grades 4-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adult
Facilities and Resources Required
- Audio System
- Electrical Outlets
- Performance Space