College Faculty:Vocal Arts Related Studies: Movement for Singers
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs grew up in the inner city of Springfield, MA where she began taking acrobatic classes at the Dunbar Community Center under the direction of legendary jazz instructor, Frank Hatchett. It was something she did just to “get out of the house.” After graduating from the HS of Commerce, she spent one year at Boston Conservatory of Music and the following year moved to NY to pursue her goal of “dancing on Broadway.”
She was fortunate to work with and learn from the best including choreographers Danny Daniels (original company of The Tap Dance Kid), Bob Fosse (national tour of Sweet Charity), Susan Stroman (Liza @ Radio City Music Hall), writer & director George C. Wolfe (original company of Jelly’s Last Jam), and Ann Reinking (original revival company of Chicago). She also starred opposite Sandy Duncan (Broadway production of Chicago), with Ben Vereen and Marilu Henner (Las Vegas production of Chicago), and with The Duke Ellington Orchestra (Atlantic City production of Sophisticated Ladies). Other Broadway credits include: Cats, Kiss Me Kate, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Dangerous Games: Two Tango Pieces, The Boys From Syracuse, and Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Show & Easter Extravaganza.
After performing for over twenty years on Broadway, Duncan-Gibbs knew it was time to “give back.” She spent ten years (September 2003-September 2013) as the Executive/Artistic Director of YTI, an after school performing arts program in Yonkers, NY, providing professional instruction in the performing arts to Westchester County youth ages 6-19. During her tenure, she created “YTI Presents Teen Night,” which gave youth 12-19 years of age an outlet in which they were able to express themselves artistically in a safe environment, while receiving instruction from professional artists. She also created the well-received fundraiser “Broadway Comes to Yonkers,” in which “actors, singers, and dancers came up to Yonkers to support YTI. A full cast of seasoned performers shared the stage with talented local artists and YTI alumni in a night of arts, excitement, and inspiration.”
As fitness has always been a part of her life, Duncan-Gibbs has since created “Get Fit With Miss Mamie” and continues to encourage and inspire others to take care of their bodies. This time however, her audience has expanded. She has included working with seniors, creating dances and exercises that strengthen their minds and bodies at LY Daycare in Yonkers, 5-Star Residences in Yonkers, and is looking to expand her outreach to the surrounding communities. Duncan-Gibbs is certified in: First Aid/CPR/AED, Injury Prevention, Golden Hearts Fitness, Primary Group Fitness, Yoga Essentials 1 & 2, Zumba and Zumba Gold.
She continues to teach Musical Theatre at YTI and travels throughout the country each year as a premier judge with Onstage New York, sharing her knowledge and inspiration with youth from 4 years of age and up.
Along with a rewarding career, Duncan-Gibbs has been blessed to have a marvelous husband of 36 years, two children, and a precious granddaughter, Olivia Rose.
Duncan-Gibbs’ motto has been to “Go For It!! The worst thing you can do is wonder what could’ve been.”