May 4, 11, 18, 25
Cost: $80 - or drop in for $20!
Countertechnique is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. It stretches, coordinates and strengthens the body, making the dancer sweat, build stamina and really move. Class starts with a recurring set of exercises, allowing dancers to investigate the Countertechnique principles in detail. The second half of the class consists of changing components, working towards luscious movement combinations and jumping at the end. By continuously and sequentially directing and counter directing parts of the body through space, Countertechnique allows the moving dancer to work with an ever-changing dynamic balance, which reduces the pressure on the overall body structure. The consistent use of the counter direction in all movements is key to the technique; both the awareness and application of this principle is trained throughout the class. In the end, dancers use less energy, lose their fear of taking risks, and gain speed in changing direction. The workshop will be geared towards Intermediate to Advanced dancers. Over 4 sessions, Charles will lead students through basic Countertechnique classes, introduce the Countertechnique Toolbox, and utilize the 9-point technique as a method for examining and investigating space. This is a rare opportunity since Charles is one of just 15 teachers worldwide trained and certified by Anouk van Dijk to teach Countertechnique. Check out this video to learn more.
Cost: $150 (enroll before May 17 for $125 )
Join Randee for this experimental, fun repertory workshop for intermediate and advanced dancers. Participants will learn one of Randee's iconic solo works from her earlier career. Each session will include a series of warm up/tune in exercises to get us ready to learn choreography. As we learn, we'll also take time to play with performance concepts. Through a low-risk workshop setting, we aim to uncover our assumptions about movement and performance as a group, while challenging each other to further develop the expressive nerves to both learn set material and discover our individual mover/dancer more deeply through the solo form. The final hour of the workshop will culminate in a very, very informal showing of our learnings amongst your peers, friends and family.
This workshop is for solid intermediate dancers who are ready for more advanced work in ballet. Perfect for adult dancers of all forms, especially college students and professional modern dancers who want to spend an intensive week working on ballet technique and vocabulary. The workshop provides a way for adult students to move from an intermediate to advanced level in ballet and review, revisit and practice key elements of ballet technique.
July 13, 20, 27
This three session workshop for intermediate and advanced dancers will unveil the common ground between traditional modern technique, contemporary dance and thrash fusion dance. The first session will be a traditional Limon-influenced class; the second will incorporate contemporary elements such as release and floor work; and the third will bring in elements of thrash fusion - a new form that is characterized by heightened athleticism, inversions and stylized vocabulary. By exploring the edges in and between these forms, we will broaden our perspective on what it means to be a dancer in today's world, where we need to be both trained and versatile in the work of our dance pioneers as well as being fluent in numerous styles and open to blending, swapping and bridging between them within a single combination, phrase or dance. The workshop will include live accompaniment.
August 3 (followed by 1/2 hour private lesson to be scheduled with Anne-René)
In this workshop we will explore the Alexander Technique. We will understand and use the principles of the technique, applying those principles to Alexander classic “chair work,” dance technique (plié, tendu, jumping, spirals, port de bras, and more!), everyday movement and breath. This workshop will facilitate an atmosphere for the individual to discover unconscious habitual thought and movement patterns and bring them into consciousness. This in turn will give the individual the power to make choices in the way he/she wishes to use him/her self. Using Alexander will allow the individual to gain clarity and precision in thought, movement and expression while freeing the body of tension, pain and fatigue. Open to dancers of any level or style who want to increase ease and efficiency in the body.
August 12, 14, 16
Mon, Wed, Fri: 1-3pm
This three day workshop provides advanced/intermediate level dancers the opportunity to refine the skills necessary to thrive in a diverse choreographic landscape. Dancers will learn and manipulate phrase material containing lush, athletic, detailed choreography that emphasize full body movement, musicality, and performance technique. Phrases will be offered in a style that consists of controlled suspension and fluid release work that allow the dancers to explore their relationship with gravity and momentum. Ideal for dancers looking to hone their skills and trust their individual instincts by quickly seeing, learning, and integrating movement into their bodies.
Cost: $18/class paid to the instructor
The workshop begins with a warm up barre followed by exercises from the Royal Academy of Dance Vocational Graded Syllabi (Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced). The workshop is designed to focus on understanding and improving technique.
**For Coco's Sunday 10-12:30 Beginning III Workshop, see Adult Classes