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Donna Place

​​​​Donna Place​​​Donna Place​ graduated with a BA in music education from Whittier College in 1987.  She spent the next 12 years teaching music, folk dance and physical education, both in college and in elementary schools.  Convinced of the necessity of movement in the school system, Donna began studying dance more formally at local studios and the Lewitzky summer dance program.  She received her MA in dance studies in 1995 from the Laban School for Movement and Dance in London.  During that time she also began studying Pilates with Alan Herdman. After returning to the United States she continued Pilates training with Marie Jos​e Blom and GYROTONIC® training with Mary Halzworth, completing both programs in 1996.  In 2000 Donna became a Gyrotonic master trainer and in 2001 she joined the dance faculty at Orange Coast College where she currently teaches kinesiology for dance.  Donna travels throughout the United States and abroad teaching anatomy seminars for various movement programs as well as teacher training courses for the GYROTONIC® system.  www.longbeachgyrotonic.com  

Instructor of: Kinesiology​ ​