At PMDI we believe that dance and movement are for everyone, those seeking a professional career, as well as the novice. Our training institute emphasizes a balance between serious studio and fun. We are a team of highly trained and nurturing faculty who look to help you discover your highest level of artistry. We are committed to providing high quality dance and movement instruction to young students, adult professionals, serious adult dancers, and the adult novice who takes a special interest in using dance as fitness.
ABOUT PRINCESS MHOON
Recognized in 2015 by HUFFINGTON POST as one of 26 Female Choreographers You Should Know and Dance Magazine's 2006 "Top 25 to Watch" in the world for her Choreographic Development Project titled This Woman's Work, Mhoon is a second generation artist and entrepreneur who has set her sights on enhancing the artistic landscape of the Nation’s Capitol.
Mhoon is also a 2015 Helen Hayes Award Nominee for Best Choreography in a Musical, a Helen Hayes winner for Best Musical, and one of 37 International artists invited to Lusaka, Zambia for solo performance and master classes at the Barefeet Theatre Festival for vulnerable youth sponsored by UNICEF.With work commissioned by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the DC Jazz Festival, Princess Mhoon has been called a visionary of her generation."
She is the Founder and Director of the Princess Mhoon Dance Institute with locations in DC and Maryland. Mhoon has served on faculty at Howard University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and a Master of Arts degree in Public History from HU. Her research focuses on Dance History, American Performance and the African-American experience in dance. In 2015 she was awarded the Owen Dodson DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI award from her Alma Mater.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, she began her training with Alyo Children's Dance Theatre, Joseph Holmes Dance Studio, and Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. Mhoon Cooper has received numerous awards and scholarships for her excellence in dance including recognition from the American Dance Festival, Dance Magazine, Howard University, Career Transitions for Dancers, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has performed and toured with the world renowned Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, The Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, Nathan Trice Rituals, and Deeply Rooted Productions. She is the founder of DANCING FEET, an integrated arts program that includes classes and workshops for schools and outreach institutions.
The opening of PMDI is the continuation of a life long commitment to the field of dance.