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Frances L. "Sunni" Bloland received the University of California at Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 1990. In 1998, Sunni received the California Dance Educators Association (CDEA) Heritage Award for life service and dedication to dance. During her more than thirty years at Berkeley, she says she "learned a great deal about teaching, both in classes and in extracurricular activities co-sponsored with students: dance clubs, workshops, the Bicentennial Celebration, and Dance Showcases."
Along with her training as a dancer, Sunni brings to folk dancing her enthusiasm for dance and music, a commitment to humor, and a belief in the power of dance to transform students into happier, more confident, more cultivated, more alive and sensitive people.
Sunni's focus as a teacher has always been to know her students and recognize their worth. She empathizes with the obstacles that block their fullest development: uncertainty, shyness, frustration, confusion, and the stress of competition.
As an interpreter of various folk dance styles, Sunni talks about the historical and cultural context in which each dance developed to help students connect to the heritage of dance, to each other, and to their other cultural roots.
Sunni also teaches hatha yoga classes in which her exuberant social-dance personality is transformed into a quieter, more serene identity that guides her students work carefully toward flexibility of the body, quieting of the mind, and letting go of stress through breathing and relaxation.
Sunni has taught at major camps in the United States, including Holiday Camp, Santa Barbara Folk Dance Conference, and Stockton Folk Dance Camp in California.
Among Sunni's publications are
- An Evaluation Device in Dance. M.S. problem, University of Wisconsin, 1952.
- "International Council of Traditional Music." AMIN, Mar/Apr 1995, International Folk Culture Center (IFCC).
- Romanian Traditional Dance: A Contextual and Structural Approach. With Anca Giurchescu. Mill Valley, California: Wild Flower Press, 1995.
Dances Sunni has taught include Alunelul Bătut, Alunelul ca la Sadova, Alunelul de la Băilești, Alunelul de la Cerna, Alunelul de la Urzica, Alunelul Șchiop, Alunelul Sucit, Alunelul Vaideeni, Arcanul, Ardeleana din Banat, Avrămeanca, Balta, Balta de la Dunareni, Bărbătesc din Ieud, Bâtrineasca din Vicov, Bâtuâ, Barbatesc din Ieud, Bătută de la Mironu, Bătută de la Tudora, Boereasca, Brâul Banațean, Brâul de la Făgăraș, Brâul din Feneș Brâul lui Iova, Brâul Zărvenilor, Bugeacul, Cârligul, Champs Élysées, Coasa, Dansul Fetelor de la Crihalma, Damul, De-a Lungul, Drăgaicuța, Floricică, Floricică Muntenească, Frunza, Galaonul de la Bîrca, Galaonul de la Sapata, Ghimpele Dobrogean, Glimpul, Gonița, Hodoroaga, Hora de la Buciu, Hora de la Buciumi, Hora de la Rișpiți, Hora din Avrig, Hora la Dreapta, Hora Mare Bucovinească, Hora Mare Moldovenească, Hora Munteneasca (Hora de la Vîrtoape), Hora Nuții, Hora pe Gheața I, Hora pe Gheața II, Învârtita din Luna Turda, Jiana de la Jina, Jiana din Avrig, Krivo Panagjursko Horo, Marginea, Mândrele, Momirul, Murgulețul, Nagra, P'-a Lungul, Paidușca, Păpușelele, Poloxia II, Pomolețul, Pour la Plaisir, Prunza, Romănește de Purtat, Rustemul ca la Gorj, Rustemul Sucit, Sălcioară, Țarina Șir de la Abrud, Sârba de la Cinci, Sârba de la Sticlăria, Sârba de la Tismana, Sârba în Șir de la Tismana, Sârba la Doi de la Goicea Mare, Șobolanul, Trei Pâzešte de la Bistret, Trei Pâzešte de la Goicea Mare, Tropca, Țigăneasca din Giubega, Țințăroiul, Trei Păzește Bŭtrînesc, Trei Păzește de la Bistret, Trei Păzește de la Ciuperceni, Trei Păzește de la Goicea Mare, Trilișești, Tropca, Ungurica (Ca la Breaza), Vlașcencuța, Vulpița, and What's Buzzin'.