The Society of Folk Dance Historians (SFDH)
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Information: Frances Lober "Sunni" Bloland, teacher and author of material about Romanian dance.
Sunni received the University of California at Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 1990. In 1998, Sunni received the California Dance Educators Association (CDEA) Heritage Award for life service and dedication to dance. During her more than thirty years at Berkeley, she says she "learned a great deal about teaching, both in classes and in extracurricular activities co-sponsored with students: dance clubs, workshops, the Bicentennial Celebration, and Dance Showcases."
Along with her training as a dancer, Sunni brings to folk dancing her enthusiasm for dance and music, a commitment to humor, and a belief in the power of dance to transform students into happier, more confident, more cultivated, more alive and sensitive people.
Sunni's focus as a teacher has always been to know her students and recognize their worth. She empathizes with the obstacles that block their fullest development: uncertainty, shyness, frustration, confusion, and the stress of competition.
As an interpreter of various folk dance styles, Sunni talks about the historical and cultural context in which each dance developed to help students connect to the heritage of dance, to each other, and to their other cultural roots.
Sunni also teaches hatha yoga classes in which her exuberant social-dance personality is transformed into a quieter, more serene identity that guides her students work carefully toward flexibility of the body, quieting of the mind, and letting go of stress through breathing and relaxation.
Sunni also taught to the following record:
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