Modern – Tristan 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.
Modern Technique, Movement, and Emotional Memory – Kevin Iega Jeff
Emotional memory may be stored in many places in the body, not just in the brain. How do we access and engage with memory — incidents, events, or experiences — that may be felt and expressed throughout the body? Dancer, choreographer and educator Kevin Iega Jeff explores the relationship between memory, the body, and classical modern techniques.
Ballet – Shonach 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 – Martha 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 – Mary Ann Bradley
Jazz dancers and choreographers are stylists. The technique is the foundation for the style. In this class, students will begin to develop a knowledge of the building blocks of a personal style as a starting point for a dancer’s own individualization and performance. This class will explore and celebrate jazz dance as a vernacular art form that has its roots in Africa. Emphasis will be on the use of space, clear articulation of movement, rhythmic footwork, grounding movement, dynamics, and overall musicality (meter, tempo, syncopation, and phrasing). Dancers will deepen the exploration of improvisation in a “jazz way” (to include jazz rhythms, chord changes, jazz structures, and sharing the pulse in different body parts, etc,). In developing a clear understanding of the kinetic and social elements of Jazz, dancers will begin to see the impact this uniquely American art form continues to have on popular culture today.
Hip Hop – Amirah Sackett
Join Amirah in exploring foundational hip hop dance styles including top rocking, breaking, and popping. Develop a better appreciation and understanding of hip hop history through the physical representation of the culture. Clean sneakers required.
Improvisation – Aretha Aoki
Beginning with somatic exercises to enliven and deepen sensory awareness, this class will progress through individual, duet as well as ensemble improvisation, drawing from both theater and dance practices. We will source from our skills as dancers-in-training as well as broaden our palette to include movement from everyday life and from our individual movement histories. We will explore the relationship between improvisation and composition/choreography as well as performance. Most importantly, we will delight in joy of moving and allowing our creative impulses to guide us.
Afro-Fusion Modern – Melissa Alexis
Afro-Fusion Modern Dance class combines the spirit and techniques of West African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Brazilian, and contemporary dance styles. After a full body warm-up, we will travel across the floor and do center work, including improvisation and choreography. Focus on literacy and fluidity across dance forms, building community, and self-expression.