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.
• Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move. Leotard optional.
• Bare feet
This series is designed for students who have taken Intro to Contemporary I or are beginners with some 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.
- Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move
Beginner/Intermediate ContemporaryView Detail
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 ContemporaryView Detail
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 ImprovisationView Detail
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 ImprovisationView Detail
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 ImprovisationView Detail
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.