An exciting workshop week for the advanced or professional modern dancer wanting an immersive and expansive week of classes with a wide range of teaching artists and topics.
WINTER DANCE INTENSIVE 2019/20
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DECEMBER 30-31, JANUARY 2-3
15 teaching artists | 29 class options
Four days of Somatic Practices, Improvisation,
Contemporary Technique & more
Full Week | $275
4 full days (4-6 classes)
does not include Site-Based Workshop
Single Full Day | $75
does not include Site-Based Workshop
$14 - $20
pre-register or drop-in (per availability)
During registration, you will be asked to select which classes you will be attending.
Space is limited, so please register early and select your options. Every class has a minimum number as well as maximum number of participants. Classes without a mimimum number of participants may not run.
Students must be currently training at an advanced level. College students and graduate students are welcome to apply; the Center will contact one of your professors to ensure that the workshop is the right level.
Questions? Contact Artistic Director Jill Randall at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510)654-5921
Monday, December 30
Tuesday, December 31
Thursday, January 2
Friday, January 3
Teaching Artist Bios
Mary Armentrout is a dancer, choreographer and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. Her artistic practice interrogates the complex and discontinuous connections between body and self, self and other, and self and the larger environment. Her teaching seeks to discover the intimate conversations of these layers within the body/self.
Jessica Damon is a dancer, choreographer, video artist and teacher of dance and somatic therapies. As a young dancer she had the honor of working with Mel Wong and later performed with a handful of Bay Area companies before pursuing her MFA in Performance and Choreography from CU Boulder. She maintains an active Pilates and dance practice in the East Bay.
Kristin Damrow is the artistic director and choreographer of Kristin Damrow & Company. She is on faculty at ODC Dance Commons and Dance Mission Theater. Kristin is the resident artist at Iowa State University and has taught master classes at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia College Chicago, Gibney (NYC), Mark Morris Dance Center (NYC), Bodyvox (Portland), Sonoma State University, City College of San Francisco, LINES Ballet, and the University of San Francisco.
Kara Davis, Co-Artistic Director of project agora, danced for Atlanta Ballet, Ohio Ballet, and Ballet Jörgen in Toronto, Ontario. She is a founding member of KUNST-STOFF and Janice Garrett & Dancers, both of whom she danced for ten years. Her choreography and dancing have received multiple Isadora Duncan Awards and nominations. Her choreography has been presented at the ACDA Nationals at the Kennedy Center, YBCA, SF MOMA, SF International Arts Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Davis has taught and choreographed at LINES Dominican University and Training Program since 2005.
Chris Evans is an Oakland based artist. She is a dancer, choreographer, and musician. Chris is a Balanced Body certified Pilates Instructor, certified Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner, and Owner of Deep Breath Pilates in Oakland. https://deepbreathpilates.com/
Margit Galanter is a movement artist and dance poet living in the California East Bay. She has shared Tuning Scores and the Feldenkrais Method across the globe for decades. In the past few years, Margit has been focusing mainly in two realms; environmental and cultural performance projects such as Cave Forms, and the vivid grove — a live art school for moving, learning, creative evolution, and collective liberatory practices.
Nina is Artistic Director of Nina Haft & Company, an Oakland-based contemporary dance ensemble that explores the deep nature of place. NHCo’s Dance in Unexpected Places Series has presented performances in train stations, libraries, pubs, synagogues, dockyards, parking lots, coastal wetlands and Oakland’s historic Mountain View Cemetery. She is on faculty at CSU East Bay and at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, where NHCo is a company in residence.
Abigail Hosein is a choreographer, teacher and the artistic director of ahdanco, a Bay Area modern dance company founded in 2002. She has been teaching for over 15 years and has served on faculty at Santa Clara University, College Prep High School, and currently at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center where she is also the Administrative Director. She holds her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Mills College and has performed locally for Dance Repertory/San Francisco, Hudson Dance, Barely Complete Productions, and Rogelio Lopez & Dancers.
Audrey Johnson is a movement artist with roots from Detroit, MI, currently living in Berkeley, CA. Her work sources black feminist metaphysics, afrofuturism, time travel, geology, and joy as embodied resilience practices and survival strategies. Audrey currently dances with GERALDCASELDANCE, was a collaborator for three years with Harge Dance Stories under the artistic direction of Jennifer Harge (Detroit), and has also worked with choreographers Biba Bell (Detroit), Dafi Altabeb (American Dance Festival), and Stephanie Hewett (San Francisco), among others. Audrey is a co-founder of Collective Sweat Detroit and holds a BFA in Dance with Honors from Wayne State University.
Joan Lazarus has served as Executive Director of Oakland Ballet, General Manager of the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, Executive Director of WestWave Dance Festival, and Executive Director of Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp. Joan has performed with or in the works of many local and national choreographers, including Alonzo King, Krissy Keefer, Frank Shawl, Bill DeYoung, Toni Pimble, Richard Colton and Alan Ptashek. She has taught at the University of Oregon, Mills College, San Francisco Ballet, Dance Circle of Boston, The Princeton Ballet, RoCo Dance & Fitness, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. She holds an MA in Dance from the University of Oregon, and an MA in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University.
Rogelio Lopez earned his MFA in Dance with an emphasis in choreography from California State University Long Beach. He is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and designer. He currently serves as the director of the MFA in dance at Saint Mary's College of California. Recent projects include performing with Nina Haft & Company, Paufve Dance, Davalos Dance, Keith Johnson and Dancers and Vella+Merrell. He showcases his own work with his namesake company Rogelio Lopez & Dancers (rogeliodance.com) throughout the Bay Area.
Andrew Merrell holds a BA in Dance from California State University Long Beach and an MFA in Dance: Creative Practice from Saint Mary’s College. Andrew has danced professionally with Keith Johnson and Dancers, Holly Johnston’s Ledges and Bones, Rogelio Lopez and Dancers, Catherine Galasso, Abigail Hosein’s ahdanco, Nina Haft & Company, Davalos Dance, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Paufve Dance, Rebecca Johnson and collaborators Nol Simonse and Christy Funsch. He currently teaches dance at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and at Saint Mary’s College, and occasionally teaches at San Jose State University and Sonoma State University. Andrew has presented his own work with dance collective Stranger Lover Dreamer as well as under his own name throughout the SF Bay Area. Currently he is working with longtime friend and collaborator Shaunna Vella (Vella & Merrell at www.vellamerrell.org) on new work set to premiere in 2020.
Mo Miner came to the Bay Area from Illinois where she was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Illinois State University. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Western Illinois University and then went on to get her MFA in Dance Performance at the University of Iowa. In recent years, Mo became a certified MELT Method Hand and Foot instructor and completed a week-long Human Anatomy Intensive Dissection Lab with Gil Hedley. She also has been studying experiential anatomy, restorative movement, and other somatic practices that are weaving their way into her modern dance technique classes. In the Bay Area she has performed with Nina Haft & Company, Nichele Van Portfleet, Rogelio Lopez, Fog Beast, Paufve Dance, little seismic dance company, Rebecca Chun, Jessica Damon, Deborah Karp, and Bandaloop. Mo currently teaches at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in its adult program, as well as directing the Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble.
Nadia Oka (CMA, MFA) is a choreographer and dance who has performed and taught in New York City and the Bay Area. During her in New York she became a Certified Movement Analyst at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and a yoga teacher through Alison West’s Yoga Union. In 2007 she earned her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College and has performed locally with little seismic dance company, Nancy Karp + Dancers, and Paufve Dance. Nadia teaches yoga in San Francisco and the East Bay to private students and in group classes.
Ellen Slatkin is from Berkeley, California, and began her contemporary training at Shawl-Anderson and in the ODC Dance Jam, and has been dancing in the UK, Europe, and Canada for the past six years. She found an immense love for floorwork and improvisation while studying with Hagit Yakira, and in Flying Low and Passing Through with Leila McMillan and David Zambrano. She has performed for Second Hand Dance (UK), Clod Ensemble (UK), Arch8 (NL), Julia Bengtsson (SWE), and Chloë Lum/Yannick Desranleau (Canada), and most recently spent 60 days intensely exploring spontaneous performance with David Zambrano.
Lili Weckler is the recipient of a 2020 Shawl-Anderson Creative Dialogue Residency. She is the artistic director of a local dance-theater company, and her work has been written about in the SF Chronicle and the J Weekly. Also a writer, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for poetry in 2010, and her most recent publications include Streetlight Press and Thin Air Magazine. She released a solo indie album in 2017 and now plays in a band called Femme Aetranjay. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of Integral Studies, attended the Lecoq School in Paris, toured with Bread & Puppet Theater, and founded HATCH Performance Collective in 2013. She has taught at East Bay Gyrotonic, LINES Ballet, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, the Brightworks School, New Conservatory Theater Center, and for the SF Mime Troup’s Youth Theater Program.