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 dance instructor, Frank Hatchett. It was something she did just to "get out of the house." After graduating from high school, she spent one year at Boston Conservatory of Music and the following year moved to NY to pursue her goal of "dancing on Broadway." Broadway credits include: Chicago, Cats, Jelly's Last Jam, Kiss Me Kate, Liza Steppin Out at Radio City Music Hall, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , Dangerous Games: Two Tango Pieces, and Radio City Music Hall's Christmas & Easter Shows.
Following twenty years on Broadway, Duncan-Gibbs knew it was "time to give back" and spent ten years as the Executive/Artistic Director of Youth Theatre Interactions, Inc. (YTI) an after school performing arts program in Yonkers, NY. Her goal was to expose the youth to excellent training, ensuring that the high-quality instruction they received at YTI would carry into the professional world of the arts, if they chose to do so. She also knew (from personal experience) that the discipline learned would affect EVERY area of their lives and give them the solid foundation needed to be successful in whatever career path they chose to take. During her tenure, she created "YTI Presents Teen Night" and the well-received fundraiser “Broadway Comes to Yonkers.”
Following YTI, she unexpectedly discovered her next mission. While attempting to get her mother to exercise, she realized she had to approach it from a different angle. How could she make it fun, strengthening and at the same time, not let her mom know she was working out? Duncan-Gibbs set a plan into motion. After establishing "Get Fit With Miss Mamie," she proceeded to attain certifications in Primary Group Fitness Instruction, Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, Golden Hearts Senior Fitness Training, Injury Prevention, Practical Pilates, Yoga Essentials 1 & 2, Zumba & Zumba Gold. She has found a way to combine her professional and teaching experiences and now takes her love of fitness to senior centers throughout Westchester County. She continues to teach weekly at Live Young Adult Daycare and Five Star Premier Residences, both located in Yonkers, where she inspires seniors to "just keep moving."
In addition to working with seniors, Duncan-Gibbs is currently a Professor of Movement at Manhattan School of Music in their Vocal Arts Department.
In February 2023, Mamie received a Proclamation from the Westchester County Board of Legislators for her many accomplishments, contributions, and service to the community.