Contemporary Technique class 

The class encourages students to learn how to maximize the use of the warmed-up body to increase their movement possibilities and take risks in dancing.  The initial warm-up uses elements from Yoga, Ballet and Release technique to focus on discovering and strengthening connections within the bodys structure and to find a sense of fluidity in the joints. Dancers will develop an understanding of the connections between their body, the floor and how using momentum and breath allows an exploration of physically full dancing with the least amount of Muscular tension.

During Phrase work the dancers will learn how to incoporate all the information from the warmup to aid the dancer in the execution of more complicated sequences as well as continuing to control the use of breath which can help maintain a strong center from which one can explode. 


 Dance for the beginner 

In order to know how to move, it is important to understand the basic foundations of our body and how we connect with our most constant partners, the floor and the space.

We will learn about fundamental body structures and how to work with our own weight, gravity and momentum to connect into the space and move through it freely.





 Composition and Rep / the individual and the group 

This workshop will focus on working with set movement material and learning how to maximize the use of it within the context of a solo or in group work.

The dancers will learn a few movement phrases to which they will add their own variations according to different tasks and challenges presented in the workshop.  After developing solo interpetations from the given material, each dancer will then use this work to then set it on a small group of dancers. This will be done through compositional tasks as well as through some improvisational exercises.  The goal is to notice and recognize the differences and possibilities of each option when making compositional choices.


 Breaking forms 

The aim of this workshop is to arrive at a new place of improvisational

possibilities from an original shared vocabulary of movement and phrasing.

At start participants will learn a dance phrase that will become a physical departure or investigative resource for later

improvisational work. The phrase will be slightly quirky, demanding,

dynamic and articulate. participants will learn how to work

with the use of momentum, gravity and softness in the joints,in order to find clarity in their movement in space. 

After the phrasing is explored and digested, participants will work

individually or in small groups to begin manipulating this shared

movement material. To illicit new possibilities, different tasks to support

improvisations will be given; some will be strict and precise and others loose with room for individual interpretation.

Starting with a strong base and a focus on details, participants will work with a wide variety of improvisation to explore their interpretative abilities. 


 Dance and Memory 

This workshop physically explores what memory is, the ways that we remember,  and what it is that we remember.  Through investigating the personally interpretative and often conflicting nature of memories and how they inspire and influence us, the use of conceptual motivations for movement composition 

will be introduced.

Structured improvisational tasks, memory games, and using individual memories to devise solutions to movement problems will be some of the methods utilized as an impetus to generate new movement based on memory.  

The influences, emotional contexts and dynamic effects that the memory tasks produce are further explored through manipulating taught dance phrase material with the newly discovered ideas in mind.


 Space and Time 

Based on a framework of core dance phrase material, the elements of spatial placement and timing will be explored as tools to manipulate and organize movement.  

The workshop will investigate how base material is changed according to the consideration of its placement in space, its placement in relation to space and other people/the environment, and its spatial placement according to movement execution in differing time frames.  

These content-based investigations will illustrate the crucial and dynamic effects that an awareness of spatial placement and timing can contribute to movement composition.

Through changing the instructions and directions of how to execute the phrase material, the students will gain an understanding of physical and aesthetic choices.  Challenging their own physical actions with timing and 3-dimensional spatial tasks will introduce them to methods of personalizing existing material by making different choices of how they will perform it.  

From the investigations, the students will be encouraged to develop their own choices to reinvent the core material.  This workshop offers the students the opportunity to participate both physically and as observers making evaluations of the process.