Modern – Miller
In this class our focus will be to access our intellects and instincts in equal measure. We will use our conscious attention to generate momentum from the core to energize the limbs, and explore the body’s capacity for a greater range and efficiency of movement. We will investigate conscious focus (whether with one’s eyes or imagination) to enliven our artistry and deepen our presence. Exploring both partnered and group improvisations will facilitate visceral connections, awareness of the moment, and compassion towards collaborative decision-making.
Modern – Koepke
This class will explore the balance of clarity, versatility, and individuality necessary for a grounded dancer and performer. We will integrate various modern dance and release-based techniques, yoga, and partnering in order to investigate movement principles, such as weight, opposition, fall and rebound, and breath. We will explore a full range of movement with focused attention and awareness of sensation, form, and function. Each class will be a unique exploration in rhythmic specificity and nuanced choreography, welcoming and refining both originality and precision.
Ballet – Mirk-Robles
This class is designed to provide an understanding of body placement, the use of the skeleton, the influence of gravity through the body in a turned out position and the use of energy from the floor throughout the body in basic ballet. The barre is used to build strength and coordination. The center work introduces an organic relationship to direction and movement, along with an understanding of different movement qualities, such as fluidity in adage, suspension and sharpness in turns, and balon in small and big jumps.
Ballet – Tornay
This class is designed to emphasize a physical understanding of the source of ballet technique. Through clear barre exercises students are encouraged to recognize their individual anatomy and learn how to practice ballet in a secure and effective way, placing a strong emphasis on epaulement (upper body) working in harmony with the rest of the body. Center exercises further develop an awareness of technique using tangible combinations that are designed to escalate in complexity, giving the dancer the substantial benefit of a classical ballet class.
Jazz – Jones
This class will begin with a detailed four-part center warm up emphasizing, isolations, stretching, strengthening and core connection, a grounded center of gravity, proper alignment and coordination. We will transition into traveling across the floor focusing on locomotor skills and progressions while emphasizing dynamics, level changes, varying qualities of movement, rhythm and musicality. Finally, center combinations and phrase work will continue to explore musicality and dynamics while also focusing on personal expression, style, storytelling, character development and performance skills. Styles will include classical and contemporary jazz vocabulary as well as musical theater.
Hip Hop – Johnson
In this class we will learn the old and new school vocabulary of hip hop styles including locking, popping and house, as well as new school choreography. This is an energetic class that will build your stamina, improve your flexibility and strength, and expand your hip hop vocabulary. The focus is on isolation, complicated rhythms, across the floor progressions and drills designed to help you master these various styles. Students will learn multiple combinations, be encouraged to explore creative expression through this genre, and work collaboratively with their classmates.
Composition & Improvisation – Winfield
This class helps dancers deepen their knowledge of personal movement patterns and develop and refine their individual creative expression. Class includes warm-ups that increase awareness of anatomical systems, followed by structured improvisations and movement studies. Learn how to allow your creative impulses and ideas the freedom to take an initial form, rework them, choreograph from them, and make dances with the help of your fellow movers.
Modern Repertory – Brown
Brown will teach excerpts of her evening length work, The Opulence of Integrity. This work was originally performed at the 2011 Guggenheim Works in Process series with collaborator, Fred Ho, and was reconceived in 2013 as multimedia dance theater production that illustrates the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. Because the work is created from Brown’s eclectic movement background, dancers will be challenged physically and artistically throughout the process.