dance

Kenya Massey-Rodriguez

Modern Technique

Kenya Massey-Rodriguez is a native New Yorker. She majored in Dance at the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, where she studied classical ballet and Graham technique with Penny Frank, Elisa King, and Deborah Zall. After graduating with honors, Massey-Rodriguez attended Columbia University, where she received a BA in Sociology and Education and became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout high school and undergraduate, Massey-Rodriguez was also a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She studied classical ballet, Horton, Jazz, Dunham, and Graham under a variety of teachers including Steve Rooks, Jaqueline Bulglisi, Denise Jefferson, and Celia Marino. She became a member of the Ailey Repertory Ensemble under the direction of Sylvia Waters in 1997.

After traveling and dancing across the US and Europe, she went on to explore Broadway. Her Broadway credits include: Fascinating Rhythm (1998), Aida, choreographed by Tony award-winner Wayne Cilento, (1999–2003), Sweet Charity (2003) Never Gonna Dance, choreographed by Tony award-winner Jerry Mitchell (2003–04), and The Color Purple on Broadway, choreographed by Donald Byrd (2006–08). Her regional theater credits include: Sweet Charity (Barrington Stage, MA), Elaborate Lives – the Legend of Aida (Atlanta, GA), and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enough (Apollo Theatre, NYC). Her TV/film credits include: Egg – The Art Show, Gossip, and Sisters.

In 2004, she joined the faculty at the Bronx New School, a charter elementary school in the Bronx, NY, as a dance teacher and arts administrator. In 2008, Massey-Rodriguez joined the faculty at Dance Theatre of Harlem as a Graham instructor, where she taught and choreographed for all levels from beginners to members of the professional training program. In 2010, she joined the administrative staff at Dance Theatre of Harlem and by 2014 had risen to administrative director. Massey-Rodriguez joined the faculty at Rutgers University in 2011 as a modern dance guest instructor.