Having just finished her Academy course, Dance American Modern Dance:
Isadora to Martha to Merce,” The Academy was saddened to hear about
the passing of course leader Gloria S. Kubel.
Gloria Kubel received a BA in Education from Sarah Lawrence College,
Bronxville, New York and a MA in Dance from the University of
Colorado. She studied ballet growing up in New York City and studied
modern dance with Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Erick Hawkins, Alwin
Nikolais and Murray Louis. She taught modern dance in Denver for over
20 years and directed a small company of dancers, performed in several
Colorado cities. Gloria created a movement-discussion support group
for women after breast cancer and continues to teach Dance, exercise,
and Tai Chi Movement Meditation classes. She is the author of Food Is
Us: Easy, Tasty, Mostly Vegetarian Cooking.
Academy members who enjoyed Gloria’s recent class had this to say:
“It was a delight to have Gloria as our class leader. She was
informative, articulate, warm and passionate about dance in America.
Her personal experience as a dancer added to the energy and knowledge
she shared with us. Altogether a superb experience. Thanks Gloria.
You did a baffo job.” “Gloria Kubel, a kind person sharing dance with
the class.” And another called her knowledge “exceptional”, and
another referred to her “inspired leadership”. A great journey across
the spectrum of modern dance.”
From the Denver Post:
Gloria Kubel passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 19 at the age
of 84. She was known and loved for her endless energy and indomitable
spirit by family, friends and the wellness community. Gloria was a
figure in the Denver dance community as a performer, patron and
educator for OLLI and The Academy. She is survived by her children,
Holly Winber Powers and Ken Winber, 5 grandchildren and 5
great-grandchildren. More information about Gloria and donations to
her favorite charities can be found on her memorial website,
A memorial gathering will be held graveside at Fairmount Cemetery
Monday, November 27 at 11AM. Meet at Fairmount’s Staging Area ‘B’.