Katherine Dunham Technique
with Certified Dunham Instructor Molly Christie González
Tuesdays June 7, 14, 21 @ 6:15-7:45PM
$20/class or included in Class Pass memberships
For experienced beginners through intermediate+ levels, ages 12-Adult
Workshop: Internationally renowned artist/scholar/educator/anthropologist Katherine Dunham created a dance technique and philosophy that unites elements of traditional and social dance forms with classical ballet and modern dance. Through dynamic and polyrhythmic barre exercises, isolations, progressions, and culturally based choreography, this class will strengthen and energize your body, mind, and spirit!
Bio: Molly Christie González holds both an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and an MA in Dance Education with Pre-K-12 Teacher Certification from the College at Brockport, and a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts. In 2004, she was awarded Teacher Certification from Katherine Dunham, and is honored to have the privilege of carrying on her legacy through her artistry, teaching, and scholarship. Molly has conducted music and dance research in Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Senegal which continues to inform her artistic and academic work. She co-founded and managed Trio Dourado Brazilian Dance Company and Cuban Latin Cabaret Productions, and has performed, choreographed, and costumed a range of modern, Brazilian, Cuban and West African based companies. She has taught extensively within elementary through university level school and community settings for over twenty years, designing curriculum and directing programs for children through adults within diverse dance educational and performance environments, as well as in the Pilates and HIV/AIDS risk reduction education fields. She is currently an adjunct professor at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
Humphrey/Limón Technique with Paul Dennis
Monday and Wednesday 6:00-8:00PM
$40 for two class workshop or $25 for first class only
Intermediate, ages 12-adult
Workshop: The foundation of the Humphrey/Limón “technique” was based in the exploration of the human body’s potential for movement and in developing that potential to express new choreographic ideas. These experiments led to the development of a very specific approach to movement, combining the body’s relationship to gravity and the way the body moves through space with the use of dynamics, weight and gesture.
We will closely examine this process of discovery and development, exploring our own bodies in motion, the different parts as separate instruments and in harmony. How to control the weight within each part and the sense of power behind it; Fall and recovery/rebound, Breath, Breath phrasing, breath rhythm, Suspension, Tension and relaxation.
Bio: A former member of José Limón Dance Company, Paul Dennis is Associate Director of the White Mountains Summer Dance Festival and Assistant Professor at UMass Amherst. His career also includes performances with Works/Laura Glenn Dance, Jacob’s Pillow Men’s Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy, Janis Brenner and Dancers, Scapegoat Garden, and a 1995 White House performance.
Paul’s current research blends his studies in Laban Movement Analysis and dance with current research in neurosciences to investigate and design movement protocols that aims to support Huntington’s disease patients. His creative activities include an internationally touring solo concert featuring repertory by Reggie Wilson, José Limón, Daniel Nagrin, and others, as well as newly commissioned works by Sidra Bell and Deborah Goffe.
As a Five College faculty member, Paul has taught at Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, and Hampshire College. He has also been guest artist/faculty in residence for Certamen International de Choreografia in Burgos, Spain; Scuola di Ballo Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy; International Dance Association in Ravenna, CivitanovaDanza; Molinari Arts Center, and; The Rome Opera Ballet.
Meet Your Clown w/ Don Jordan
Saturday July 2 @ 1:00-3:00PM
$20 or included in the class pass memberships
For Adults of all ages NO previous experience is necessary.
Workshop: This class will inspire the silly, soulful, adventurous and creative clown in all of us to emerge. Using costume, movement, improvisation, and a good sense of humor we’ll create our own clowns and let them loose to play.
Bio: DON JORDAN taught and performed with Teatro Studio and I Gesti di Roma in Italy for fifteen years before being invited to perform with Mummenschanz on Broadway. He directed the Pan Twilight Circus’s 1995 production of Creatures of the Lawn, and served as Artistic Director of the Pickle Family Circus. He held the position of Assistant Professor in the MFA Professional Actor Training Program at Ohio University for five years, and has taught as adjunct faculty at Smith College, Barnard College and the Juilliard School. His credits as a guest teacher include the University of Paris, the Instituto De Teatro in Barcelona, the Festival du Cirque, Châteauroux, France, and the Dell’Arte School in California. A graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, he is the founder and director of Nutshell Playhouse, a company dedicated to producing original theatre for children and families in Lenox, Massachusetts.
An Introduction to Horton Technique with Ellen Gorman
Saturday July 9, 16 @ 1:00-3:00PM
$40/workshop, $25/Class, or included in class pass membership
Workshop: In a Dance Teacher Magazine article by Jenny Dalzell, Ana Marie Forsythe describes the Horton technique as, “invaluable in creating strong, long and versatile dancers. The technique has a huge range of dance vocabulary that explores many areas of the body.” In this class we will explore the fundamentals of the Horton technique, which can also be found in Jazz dance. Classic Horton warm-up and shapes such as flat-backs, table position, the hinge, laterals, tilts, and T-position, will be taught, as well as Horton barre and a few examples from Horton’s 17 fortifications. This class will help dancers to move from their pelvis and discover the lengthening of the spine through breath and release. Many ballet dancers find this technique helpful through the use and understanding of parallel. This is a timeless technique and instructor Ellen Gorman hopes to help keep the legacy alive. Come join the exploration through a genuine, yet gentle approach to this strength building, body aligning, and powerfully captivating technique.
Bio: Ellen, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University. She trained extensively in the Lester Horton Technique with Regina Larkin and personal coaching from Carmen Delavallade. Ellen’s Ballet training was with the late Rebecca Wright, principal dancer and teacher for ABT, and Frank Augustine, former principal dancer of the Canada National Ballet Company. She performed the role of “the chosen one” in Joyce Trisler’s, Le Sacre du Printemps – which can be seen on a DVD of the Lester Horton Technique with Ana Marie Forsythe. She has been teaching the Horton Technique for over 15 years throughout NY, CT and MA. Ellen is on the Performing Arts Faculty at Berkshire Pulse.
Modern/Contemporary with Ian Spencer Bell
Saturday July 23, 30 @ 1:00-3:00PM
$40/workshop, $25/Class, or included in class pass membership
Workshop: Being mindful of classical American modern dance technique, we will explore contemporary ways of moving, including bending, stretching, walking, running, falling, jumping, and turning. Together we will build a full-bodied phrase to dance joyfully and discuss.
Bio: Ian Spencer Bell has been dancing his own work since 2001, when he was awarded a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts for a site-specific, drive-in dance performance. Bell is a dancer, choreographer, and poet. In 2003, he choreographed and danced a solo under the guidance of David Parsons at Atlantic Center for the Arts. That same year, he premiered his work in New York City at the National Arts Club. The New York Times called his subsequent performances “wildcard” and the Village Voice described him as “promising” and “stealthy as a nocturnal feline.” In 2009, Bell was a choreographic fellow at Summer Stages Dance and, in 2010, gave a solo show for David Parker’s WET series. In July of 2012, he danced a solo from his new work, Socket, which The New York Times called “strangely beautiful,” on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow. Bell has taught for American Ballet Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, and New York City Center. His essays on dance have been published in Ballet Review and Zen Notes. He is artist in residence at the Nightingale-Bamford School. He studies poetry in the MFA program at NYU. Last spring he premiered a new solo work at the Poetry Foundation, in Chicago. He trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.
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