DANCE EDUCATION & TECHNIQUE
I was originally trained in Vaganova method in ballet, but have concentrated on contemporary dance for most of my professional career. I hold a Master's in Dance Education from New York University, and have worked in school-based and community settings, as well as dance studios and conservatoires.
I continue to teach contemporary release-based technique at professional and advanced levels. I also teach improvisation, and workshops on integrating somatic skills into choreography. Here are some of my classes.
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Principles of Creative Movement for Teachers
This class presents a fusion of contemporary release technique (New York style), somatic practices, improvisation and therapeutic dance; integrating play, technique and discovery into an embodied movement practice. Focussing on the dynamics of movement instead of the aesthetics, movers can develop a sense of presence and body integration while enjoying the expressive qualities in dance.
This class starts with a technical warm-up, and then expands on energy dynamics in movement, specifically the use of floor-work, weight and space based upon release technique principles. A fun, athletic session based upon encompassing different contemporary dance techniques.
Letting go of technique isn't always easy!! This class focuses on new modes of information gathered from the body, expression and movement. Students can use this class to fuel their own choreographic or personal processes.
This dance education workshop provides the necessary concepts needed to create creative movement sessions for school-aged children. The workshop will include activities, demo lessons, reference articles and actual students' work.
This class focuses on the basic movement principles to instill a creative spirit and freedom of expression for adults of all ages. It's the perfect class for any person who wants to feel more comfortable in their bodies and create a positive self-image. No prior movement experience necessary.
Open Level (Adults)
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