ADULT PROGRAM

 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,

Choreography, Floorwork+Inversions,
Contemporary Technique & more

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PRICING

 

Full Week | $275

4 full days (4-6 classes)

non-refundable

does not include Site-Based Workshop

Single Full Day | $75

(4-6 classes)

non-refundable

does not include Site-Based Workshop

Single Classes 

$14 - $20

pre-register or drop-in (per availability)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
  • 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 jill@shawl-anderson.org or (510)654-5921

day one

Monday, December 30

 

9:00-10:00a

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FELDENKRAIS

Mary Armentrout

The Feldenkrais Method is a wide ranging system for understanding how the human being functions and learns how to learn, using the body as its primary laboratory. It is also a wide ranging, elegant, and deeply probing system for understanding the myriad layers of how movements in the human body work, and of how you can learn to manipulate the structure of those movements. This is a wonderful opportunity for dancers to bring greater felt understanding of how their body is constructed, as well as greater ease and articulation, into the execution of all their movements, from the everyday to the highly complex.

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MORNING IMPROV

Audrey Johnson

Morning Improv will activate subtle body systems and intuition as impulses to move. Through imagery, memory, and sensation, we will gently awaken our nervous system and connect to our body's innate knowledge and healing. The class will be led primarily as a solo practice, is open for movers of all experiences and ability, and values agency, consent, and discovery.

10:00-11:30a

Nina Haft

ADVANCED MODERN TECHNIQUE

Nina Haft

Drawing upon aspects of Limón and Release-based Techniques, Bartenieff Fundamentals and the martial arts, Nina’s class focuses on the underlying connections that make dance come alive in performance. Beginning with the bones and breath, we establish a grounded and mobile connection to the floor. We explore space - inside and out - using sensation and imagery as our guides. The class builds in musicality and athleticism, culminating in a long, juicy combination that uses momentum, dynamic shifts, gesture and more. 

12:30-1:45p

Nina Haft

CONNECT + UNPACK

Nina Haft + Mary Armentrout

Through the lens of the Feldenkrais method, Mary Armentrout will take material from the 10am technique class today to explore, slow down, and unpack. The Feldenkrais method brings to light the use of focus, ease, and efficiency. Students must attend the 10-11:30am Technique Class today to participate in this session.

Andrew Merrell

FLOORWORK + INVERSIONS

Andrew Merrell

Through a floorwork warm up and several phrases across the space, students will explore the mechanics and technique to do inversions with strength, alignment, efficiency, and confidence. Imagery and the language of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) provides further tools and approaches for performing the choreography.

2:00-3:30p

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ACTION/REACTION

Ellen Slatkin

Drawing from Ellen’s personal research around falling and from Flying Low technique, this class helps dancers to find the most efficient ways to come in and out of the floor through powerful and dynamic movement, focusing on functionality and fluidity in relationship to the floor. The class will build heat by using the repetition of simple phrases to approach speed and virtuosity. It will create a high energy and wild environment exploring constant play.

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ALMANAC IMPROV

Nina Haft

Almanac: Improvising to Nature's Cycles is an improvised movement workshop exploring the body as an instrument capable of tuning into invisible forces, such as gravity, inertia, growth, decay, lunar cycles, wind, seasonal weather, tide charts and more. We will also use the North American Farmers' Almanac as inspiration for our work and play together.

6:00-7:30p

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ACTION/REACTION

Ellen Slatkin

Drawing from Ellen’s personal research around falling and from Flying Low technique, this class helps dancers to find the most efficient ways to come in and out of the floor through powerful and dynamic movement, focusing on functionality and fluidity in relationship to the floor. The class will build heat by using the repetition of simple phrases to approach speed and virtuosity. It will create a high energy and wild environment exploring constant play.

7:30-9p

Rogelio Lopez

INTERMEDIATE MODERN TECHNIQUE

Rogelio Lopez

Ro's class has an emphasis on alignment of the skeletal structure and the freedom that alignment allows for expansive and dynamic movement. Emphasis is placed on the movement and articulation of the torso and how material is threaded through the center of the body to the extremities. There is a lot of repetition of material and re-enforcement of conceptual ideas with a focus on breath, dynamics, and athleticism. The skeletal structure is not separated from the muscularity of the movement but both work together to generate the ability to ride momentum and falling as a means of traveling.

day two

Tuesday, December 31

 

9:00-10:00a

7:30-9p

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PILATES MAT

Jessica Damon

This Dance-Based Pilates Flow mat class is designed to be a thorough warm-up and preparation for full-bodied dancing or a complete exercise program on its own. Based in the traditional repertoire of Joseph Pilates, the class integrates principles of Feldenkrais, yoga, and dance, emphasizing ease and integrity of movement while thoroughly strengthening and stretching the major muscle groups. 

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MORNING IMPROV

Audrey Johnson

Morning Improv will activate subtle body systems and intuition as impulses to move. Through imagery, memory, and sensation, we will gently awaken our nervous system and connect to our body's innate knowledge and healing. The class will be led primarily as a solo practice, is open for movers of all experiences and ability, and values agency, consent, and discovery.

10:00-11:30a

Abigail Hosein

ADVANCED MODERN TECHNIQUE

Abigail Hosein

This class will focus on technique, phrasing, alignment, and expansive movement exploring a variety of dynamic qualities, focus, musicality, and easeful moving in and out of the floor. Phrase material consists of controlled suspension and fluid release work that allows the dancers to explore their relationship with gravity and momentum.

12:30-1:45p

Rogelio Lopez

MODERN TECHNIQUE

Rogelio Lopez

Ro's class has an emphasis on alignment of the skeletal structure and the freedom that alignment allows for expansive and dynamic movement. Emphasis is placed on the movement and articulation of the torso and how material is threaded through the center of the body to the extremities. 

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ALMANAC IMPROV

Nina Haft

Almanac: Improvising to Nature's Cycles is an improvised movement workshop exploring the body as an instrument capable of tuning into invisible forces, such as gravity, inertia, growth, decay, lunar cycles, wind, seasonal weather, tide charts and more. We will also use the North American Farmers' Almanac as inspiration for our work and play together.

2:00-3:30p

Andrew Merrell

CHOREOGRAPHIC TOOLS

Andrew Merrell

Andrew Merrell’s choreographic work seeks to speak the truth about the life he leads, from the everyday emotional struggles to the esoteric questions that haunt him. He attempts to play back the world he sees around him, whether they are political constructs he rails against, or the ever-pervading pop-culture nonsense of which he partakes. He surfs the waters of post-post-modern aesthetics, theater, camp, and devastation. Andrew knows there is no one or right way to go about making dance art. He thinks a lot about content and abstraction and which one comes first in any given project. Come ready to tinker, explore, and try on.

 

day three

Thursday, January 2

9:00-10:00a

7:30-9p

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YOGA

Nadia Oka

Nadia blends Hatha and Vinyasa styles to create classes are based on the sensing of body, breath and alignment to bring awareness to the kinesthetic and anatomical relationships between each movement in order to discover new relationships within the body. Her classes are deeply informed by the concepts found in Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals.

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MORNING IMPROV

Audrey Johnson

Morning Improv will activate subtle body systems and intuition as impulses to move. Through imagery, memory, and sensation, we will gently awaken our nervous system and connect to our body's innate knowledge and healing. The class will be led primarily as a solo practice, is open for movers of all experiences and ability, and values agency, consent, and discovery.

10:00-11:30a

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ADVANCED MODERN TECHNIQUE

Kristin Damrow

Kristin’s class is a highly physical and rigorous exploration of contemporary technique. Class will begin with a meditative body scan and improvisation exercises; first finding alignment of the body, then moving with ease and dynamic energy. Large energetic phrase work will have a constant play with gravity; going in and out of the floor, upside down and traveling though the space with fierce abandonment.

12:30-1:45p

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CHOREOGRAPHIC TOOLS

Kristin Damrow

Kristin Damrow & Company is a local contemporary dance company that brings audiences an electric and innovative brand of contemporary dance. Kristin will share an inside look at her creative process while building a dance piece. Students will play with improvisation to build tool box of movement vocabulary and character building.

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GYROKINESIS

Lili Weckler

Gyrokinesis is a movement modality that awakens the entire body system, bringing alignment and encouraging breath, clarity and balancing of the nervous system. It is excellent cross training for dancers and athletes and can also be used by people recovering from illness or injury as part of the healing process. Movements are practiced on a chair and on a mat on the floor. The system uses the spirals inherent in the body's structure to encourage length, strength, and energetic elasticity.

2-3:30p

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TUNING SCORES: IMPROVISATION

Margit Galanter

We will use the sensory-perceptual brilliance of both Lisa Nelson’s dance practice, Tuning Scores, and the somatic educational work of Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement to experience spontaneous movement-making in context. We will practice with some elemental aspects of dance and movement to access fluid and connected action in the place we are. With these tools, we will learn about how we can compose dance, art, and daily life, and how we can do this powerfully and with grace

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INVERSIONS

Mo Miner

Mo will teach, break down, and explore several kinds of inversions throughout the class. Focus on alignment, ease, and safety are priorities as well as ample time for questions and corrections for each student. Integral to her inversions phrasework and choreography, Mo will offer imagery and developmental movement concepts (head-tail, upper-lower, body half, cross lateral) to support the intention and alignment of the movement.

7:30-9p

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IMPROVISATION INTO COMPOSITION: CREATIVE LISTENERSHIP

Kara Davis

Mother Tongue, the title of this particular improvisation modality practicum, refers to the multiple ways a human body can sense and express itself outside the linguistic, religious, gendered, and cultural tyrannies one inherits at birth. 

 

This improvisation session begins with a series of warm-up exercises intended to heighten one's creative impulses, physical intelligence, and energetic connection with the other participants. Participants will engage in structured improvisation exercises designed to enhance consensus in the compositional decision making process. By engaging the intelligences of the dancing body with the thinking mind, this workshop connects the creative ideas with the physicality of intuition. Attendees will be given tools to disrupt habitual tendencies, allow new creativity to emerge, and deepen creative connectivity with one another.

day four

Friday, January 3

 

9:00-10:00a

7:30-9p

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FELDENKRAIS

Mary Armentrout

The Feldenkrais Method is a wide ranging system for understanding how the human being functions and learns how to learn, using the body as its primary laboratory. It is also a wide ranging, elegant, and deeply probing system for understanding the myriad layers of how movements in the human body work, and of how you can learn to manipulate the structure of those movements. 

Audrey Johnson by BMBO Creations_edited.

MORNING IMPROV

Audrey Johnson

Morning Improv will activate subtle body systems and intuition as impulses to move. Through imagery, memory, and sensation, we will gently awaken our nervous system and connect to our body's innate knowledge and healing. The class will be led primarily as a solo practice, is open for movers of all experiences and ability, and values agency, consent, and discovery.

10-11:30a

7:30-9p

Mo MIner

ADVANCED MODERN TECHNIQUE

Mo Miner

Mo’s class begins on the floor and progresses to standing work, traveling across the space, inversions, and then jumping. All material culminates into the final phrase. Mo’s class incorporates many direction changes and level changes and requires quick and efficient movement pathways.

12:30-1:45p

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CONNECT + UNPACK

Mary Armentrout + Mo Miner

Through the lens of the Feldenkrais method, Mary Armentrout will take material from the 10am technique class today to explore, slow down, and unpack. The Feldenkrais method brings to light the use of focus, ease, and efficiency. Students must attend the 10-11:30am Technique Class today to participate in this session.

1-2:30p

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MODERN TECHNIQUE

Joan Lazarus

Technique in service to expression. In dance, it's not about doing it "right," it's about communicating through the language and vocabulary that is entrusted to the body. And yes, that means an exquisite level of expertise manifests in a huge vocabulary of possibilities: a vocabulary that all dancers can attain.  Let's play in the realms of articulation, attention, discovery, and mastery. Bring your body, your willingness to explore, your commitment to technical investigation and practice. 

2:30-3:30p

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YAMUNA BODY ROLLING

Chris Evans

FULL!

Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR) is a muscle release therapy created by Yamuna Zake. It is based on the idea that working from the bone and origin of the muscle to the muscle’s insertion releases and elongates muscles. Chris will lead the class through a series of exercises using a variety of balls designed for this practice.

Teaching Artist Bios

 

Mary Armentrout

 

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

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

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

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

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

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 Haft

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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.

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