Donna Dunmire has worked professionally in the fields of dance, theatre, and film as a performer, teacher, and choreographer for over twenty-five years. Classically trained as a ballet dancer at The Ruth Page Foundation under the direction of Larry Long in Chicago, IL, she danced professionally with Karole Armitage Ballet, Bejart Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, and The Los Angeles Opera. Transitioning her career to Broadway, she was in the original casts of Ragtime, Marie Christine (Lincoln Center), A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden (Director Mike Ockrent, Choreographer Susan Stroman), and the original workshop and first national tour of Contact, covering the roles of The Wife and The Girl on the Swing. Choreographically, credits include assistant to the choreographer Graciela Daniele in Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of Marie Christine, and assistant to the choreographer and principal dancer in the films Princess Diaries 2 and Keeping Up with the Steins. She received a B.A. in Performing Arts with honors from St. Mary’s College of California.
In addition to having taught all levels of ballet, pointe, jazz, and musical theatre dance to students and professionals across the country and abroad, she also teaches yoga, conditioning, Tai Chi, and meditation. She takes a holistic approach to everything she teaches with an emphasis on breath work. She is currently creating a breath-focused, performance enhancement method for performers and a book on ballet instruction for musical theatre students.