The Young Dancers Workshop offers five courses each day, with study in Modern, Ballet, Afro-Modern, Improvisation, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, Composition and various somatic practices.

To ensure rigor and safety in all classes, students must have a minimum of three years of current and continuous dance training. Download an example of the schedule:

Sample Schedule

Courses

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, contemporary dance, and release-based techniques in order to investigate and integrate 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  – Kehinde Ishangi

This class is inspired by the life and legacy of renowned scholar, activist, and dance artist Katherine Dunham. Inspired by Dunham is a modern dance class that utilizes somatic practices and conditioning approaches within the framework of Dunham Technique. Students will explore Dunham vocabulary from the understanding of their anatomical structure; providing dance artists with stronger core support and initiation. This class is intended to continue building on Dunham’s concept of form and function.

Ballet – Kehinde Ishangi

This class is designed to explore functional anatomy within classical ballet vocabulary. Somatic practices are integrated into the traditional class framework to allow participants the opportunity to fully understand, engage, explore and articulate efficient, safe movement while building self-confidence and developing technical proficiency.

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.

Spiraldynamik for Dancers – Shonach Mirk-Robles

This course empowers young dancers starting out on their paths to becoming adults by giving them the knowledge of how their body’s motor system functions. Spiraldynamik® provides the tools for improving technique, avoiding injury and providing longevity to one’s chosen career through anatomically correct alignment. In this course, we will go through the body from head to toe (and finger!) to realise the three dimensionality of our body’s joints and how these concepts apply also to the body in space. Students will be coached theoretically as well as in practice and will learn useful hands-on techniques to apply to themselves and others. Shonach has studied Spiraldynamik® over the past 20 years and has consecrated her teaching career to bringing these principles to dancers by incorporating them into her method of teaching ballet and through her Spiraldynamik® for Dancers course, taught uniquely at the Bates Dance Festival.

Street Dance – Shakia Johnson

This energetic course will focus on many Street Dance Styles that will build your stamina, improve your flexibility and strength. This will include some Funk styles, 80’s,90’s house dance and today’s social dances. Class will include across the floor drills that focus on isolation and polyrhythms and center combinations which will ask the dancers to find their relationship to musicality, athleticism, dynamics, and articulation of the body. Students will learn multiple combinations, be encouraged to explore creative expression through this genre and work collaboratively with their classmates.

Repertory – David Dorfman Dance

The concept of collaboration and group process will be explored in a deep way as Kellie Ann Lynch and David Dorfman work together with the class in the creation of a new dance, simultaneously combining strong doses of humanity with theatrical and kinesthetic excitement. The dance will follow the path begun by David Dorfman Dance’s newly premiered, A(Way) Out of My Body, using “out of body experiences” as a metaphor taking on a range of subjects, from today’s political “climate “to the “reality” of friendship and trust. The new creation will be a visceral collection of challenging technical movement, while mining the performers’ voices, literally and figuratively.

Repertoire – Brother(hood) Dance!

Dancers will learn Hawa (The Ride), a contemporary myth, embodied in the characters of two horsemen, “Jacko” and “Cavalier Spirit.” Referencing West African cosmologies and urban cowboy practices the work takes up Black masculinity and the politics of adornment as source material for a creative fashioning of the future self. Through the use of short story and multimedia, this is an Afro-neo narrative of resilience, discovery and transformation. This work aims to undo aspects of ourselves to gain clarity of a bigger picture and a more fully aware identity. 

Enrichments

Pointe Repertory – Martha Tornay

Through daily Barre and center exercises, students will have the opportunity of adding pointe technique to their dance vocabulary. An original contemporary pointe piece will be created on the students. Students will have the opportunity to delve into the rehearsal process that will culminate with an informal showing. 

Composition – Tristan Koepke

This class is perfect for any student who wants to choreograph, whether you’ve made your own work yet or not.  We will develop language for seeing dance, for talking about the dances we make, and for giving and receiving constructive feedback.  While investigate the fundamental skills and inquiries involved in making dances, we will create and share new choreographic works with an emphasis on process, invention, and supportive critique. Students are invited to bring in their own knowledge, aesthetics, and style.

Improvisational Forms: Cultivating personal practice – Alexandra James

This class aims to cultivate awareness and thoughtful, active choice-making to build an improvisational practice. Dancers will investigate, create, discover, and source personal architecture, space, time and texture to build improvisational skills and emergent composition. Dancers will source material from their personal practices, codified forms, social dances, and unique phrase material, and will build and refine tools for deeper investigation and experimentation. Students will work both in solo material and ensemble composition, drawing from sensation, tone, curiosity and physicality.