Penelope Armstead-Williams aka “PJ” has toured the world as a musical theater actress, dancer, and singer, but her real love is exploring the contemporary scene in all the pockets of the world she's travelled, including this corner called NYC. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and Bachelors of Arts in Economics at the prestigious New York University's Tisch School of Arts. Her work has been honored at Georgetown University and NYU and has been performed throughout New York City, Washington DC and Philadelphia. As a dancer, Penelope has performed nationally and internationally with Philadanco, under the direction of Joan Meyers Brown, nathantriceRITUALS, Tania Isaac Dance, Urban Bush Women, and currently tours the country with Wicked! She is a member of Actor's Equity, a certified yoga instructor and Thai Massage therapist and a proud House of Duende faculty member.
PJ’s class takes fundamentals of release grounded floor work, the modern styles of Horton and Graham, house dance rhythmic study, and combines them with the sinewy musicality of contemporary commercial dance. You'll build your core and strengthen the ability to stretch into movement, while finding the groove in the drop. All levels welcome!