Ballet – Kehinde Ishangi
This class is designed to invite curiosity while exploring functional anatomy within classical ballet vocabulary. Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® and somatic practices are integrated into the traditional ballet class framework to allow young artists the opportunity to fully understand, engage, explore, and articulate efficient, safe movement while building self-confidence, developing technical proficiency, and artistic expression.
Contact Improvisation – Tristan Koepke
This class explores skills and theories of contact improvisation, a dance form that involves physical touch, sharing weight, and athletic partnering. Students will learn best practices for pursuing safety and sustainability while gaining sensitivity towards kinesthetic listening, momentum, and physical tones. Prepare to tumble, to fall, to be surprised, and most of all, have fun.
Composition – Tristan Koepke
This class invites students into the world of making dancers together. We will work collaboratively to find new ways of choreographing dances that are inclusive of our backgrounds and various dance styles. Class will focus on participating in emergent composition with a keen eye toward rhythm, sensation, form, momentum, and poetic sensibility. Through rigorous and playful exercises, students will build an awareness of their individual participation in dance cultures, communities, and practices.
Repertory – Andy Mor
Repertory vocabulary will draw from African techniques, Commercial, Hip Hop, Jazz, and House forms. Dancers will work to synthesize these techniques in a collaboration of styles and movement. Choreography will ask students to consider stage presence, performance and personality.
Repertory – Chafin Seymour
Chafin’s class and choreographic process is interested in play, effort, risk and seeks deep physical engagement within the body in service of storytelling. Using explosive floor work, improvisation, collaborative choreographic exercises and set phrase work we will focus on building work together that contains fluidity, musicality, and intellectual commitment. The movement vocabulary we will work in consciously pulls from experiences in multiple disciplines within Hip Hop, as well as Capoeira and contemporary release technique. We will move in many directions, styles, and in/out of the floor with ease while claiming our space.