Intro to Umfundalai
Louisiana and California native, Ethan Clyde is a performer, choreographer and dance educator. At the University of Louisiana-Monroe, he trained in Modern dance, jazz, tap, ballet and Umfundalai, a pan-afro Caribbean dance technique. With his training and passion for dance, he has explored the art form through dance films, stage choreography, pageant choreography, and dance education.
In 2021, Ethan co-choreographed and directed "HERE I AM," a dance film that was 1 of the selected works accepted into the American College Dance Association's National Screendance Festival Gala. Aside from dance films, he continues to choreograph dance works for the University of Louisiana-Monroe's Dance Repertory Ensemble.
Ethan has performed in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama with the ULM Dance Repertory Ensemble, toured with musical artist Beatrice, and danced in award-winning talent numbers for the Miss Gay US of A pageant system.
As for teaching, Ethan has taught hip-hop at his Alma Mater, ballet at It's My Passion Dance Company, and Afro-Caribbean fusion in the Bay Area and Louisiana. He received his M'Singha Wuti teaching license in Umfundalai, a contemporary African dance technique, from the National Association of American African Dance Teachers (NAAADT) in 2021.