• S. Anindo Marshall
  • S. Anindo Marshall

S. Anindo Marshall

Assistant Professor of Theatre Practice in Movement

Biography

Anindo began her musical and dance career in her homeland of Kenya as a vocalist/dancer/percussionist. 

She enjoyed a successful solo career in Europe as a vocalist, signing a recording contract with EMI Spain and becoming known as Kenya’s singing sensation. Anindo has performed with Babatunde Olatunji and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, among others.

While in Kenya as a young dance student in ballet, modern, jazz and African, she met Saundra Barnes, a Dunham dancer living in Kenya and teaching Dunham Technique. Anindo studied with Ms Barnes (Ife) and in 1983 moved to the U.S., continuing her study of the Technique with Miss Dunham, and Dunham Masters like Pearl Reynolds, Archie Savage, Lucille Ellis, Tommy Gomez, Tally Beatty, Vanove Aikens, Theo Jamison, Ronald Marshall and Keith Williams.

Dunham Technique is a technique created by Katherine Dunham. It is a combination of dance disciplines – ballet, jazz, modern, cultural dances from Cuba, Brazil, Haiti, Africa, and others.

Today Ms. Marshall is a certified Dunham Technique instructor, and serves as a board member of the Katherine Dunham Certification Board. She has taught and continues to teach worldwide, including with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Dance Dimensions, Lula Washington Dance Theater, USC, Occidental College, LMU, UCI, LACHSA, AMDA and ACTA. Anindo also conducts residencies in colleges all over the U.S. She conducted Dunham Technique residencies in LAUSD schools as part of the Arts Community Partnership Network. 

Anindo is an accomplished musician, percussionist and a dance teacher of African dance from East, South, Central and West Africa. She has studied with the world’s finest percussionists, including Babatude Olatunji, Mamadi Keita, Mor Thiam, Lamin Dido Camara, Karamba Diabate and others.┬áHer study of African rhythms led her to continue studying West African dance as well under the umbrella of such teachers as Kimoko Samo (formerly the artistic director of Les Ballet African of Guinea W. Africa), Marie Basse and countless other great African dance teachers. She teaches percussion from Africa and Latin America and private vocal and piano classes to children across the globe. Ms. Marshall is the Founder/Artistic Director of the Marshall Dance Company, a dance company that focuses on Dunham Technique and is the umbrella that raises funds for the Anindo Marshall Arts Academy, a performing arts and academic school, to be built in Luanda, Kenya.