Aviva Bumgardner (she/her)

Senior Teaching Artist

Aviva Bumgardner is a Brooklyn-born creative who started her first residency with Dancing Classrooms in 2009. She was fortunate enough to be trained in the Dulaine Method by Pierre Dulaine himself and is forever grateful for that opportunity. During her tenure, she has taught residencies all over the five boroughs but is mostly known as the “Queen of Queens”! She was the Program Coordinator for the Dancing Classrooms Weekend Academy from 2010-2020, in which she had the opportunity to see many of her students come and continue their dance journeys. Beyond Dancing Classrooms, Aviva is a trained theater performer with a professional acting degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate of Queens College CUNY, where she obtained degrees in both Childhood Education and Theater. She is currently studying at Queens College to obtain her master’s degree in Elementary Education and hopes to be able to bring the joy of the arts into her classroom. Aviva’s focus in her Dancing Classrooms residencies is making sure that her students feel open to creating and enjoying themselves. She hopes that her students leave with a sense of community and love of movement.