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Contemporary & Improvisation

Contemporary & Improvisation

Contemporary & Improvisation

Contemporary dance has developed from several dance genres including modern, jazz, and ballet. Our faculty draws from a variety of Contemporary and Improvisation styles and techniques. Students will develop technical skills and artistic expression through floor and standing exercises, traveling movements, phrase-work, and musicality.

 

Suggested Attire:

• Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move. Leotard optional.
• Bare feet

Intro to Contemporary II

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This series is designed for students who have taken Intro to Contemporary or are beginners with relatively little experience with Contemporary dance. Continue exploring the totality of movement and form, as well as storytelling, dynamic rhythms and energetic release. This is a great series to further develop your skill set in contemporary dance elements in a non-competitive and fun environment.

Price: See Class Rates, Policies, and Dance Center Information

Suggested attire:

•    Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move

•    Bare feet or socks

Intro to Contemporary II

November 2 - December 14, 2023 | Thursdays 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm

Beginner/Intermediate Contemporary

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Explore movement drawn from a variety of contemporary styles in a fun environment that develops musicality, technical proficiency, and a sense of confidence. Technical exercises are designed to engage and gently challenge students’ minds and bodies, while across-the-floor phrases emphasize dynamic specificity and full-bodied fluidity. Classes my have either live or recorded musical accompaniment.

Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary

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A great opportunity for students to explore movement drawn from a variety of contemporary styles in a fun environment that helps students develop musicality, technical proficiency and a sense of confidence. Technical exercises are designed to engage and gently challenge students’ minds and bodies, while across-the-floor phrases emphasize dynamic specificity and full-bodied fluidity. Classes may feature live music accompaniment at the request of the instructor.

Open Level Improvisation

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This class will offer a space for considerations on the ways innovation and improvisation are primary rituals that build tradition across various Black cultures. André M. Zachery, artistic director of Renegade Performance Group will lead participants in a movement lab structured class, in collaboration with four Black/POC sound artists, that dig into the continuous relationship between movement and sound in the African Diaspora. The class will hold a strong emphasis on generating non-verbal language and connection. Movement tasks, phrase work, sonic generation and conversation will center around contemporary Black cultural practices.

Intro to Improvisation

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Come play with us. Join the improvisational dance company The Lovelies in this stress-free class, where dancers will move to live music and try fun exercises that help them cultivate their unique voices as movers and artists.

No prior improvisation or dance experience necessary. Seasoned improvisers welcome.

 

 

Advanced Improvisation

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Seasoned improvisers can expect to play, move freely, and compose dance in the moment with live musicians. Improvisational scores are given to help dancers develop their unique voices. Movers will dance as soloists, with partners, and in group forms.

Gaga/People

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Gaga is a movement language developed by Ohad Naharin in Israel to help dancers (and non-dancers alike) reconnect to the way they move. In Gaga/people classes, teachers offer evocative instructions that each dancer is invited to respond to and explore in their own way. Rather than a rigid set of exercises and techniques, Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework in which participants can reconnect with their bodies, explore their imaginations, increase their stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting environment.

Open to all experience levels.

Led by Gaga faculty with guest Batsheva Dancers.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Late entry is not permitted in Gaga classes. The first few minutes of Gaga is very important due to the physical and mental awareness it creates for the class environment. Please plan accordingly.


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Gaga.Dancers

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Gaga.dancers classes take participants to new, unfamiliar places by expanding on the Gaga movement techniques established in the Gaga.people classes. In Gaga.dancers classes, teachers offer evocative instructions that each dancer is invited to respond to and explore in their own way. This more advanced class will enhance each dancer’s awareness of physical sensation and expand their palette of movement techniques.

Gaga.dancers classes are open to professional dancers or advanced dance students ages 16+.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Late entry is not permitted in Gaga classes. The first few minutes of Gaga is very important due to the physical and mental awareness it creates for the class environment. Please plan accordingly.


Photo by Gadi Dagon