2016 fall drop-in classes: september 12–december 17
Our drop-in classes are open to teens and adults of all ages! Scroll down for days, times, and descriptions. Pricing can be found on the Rates & Policies page.
ballet for modern dancers with gerri houlihan
This is a ballet technique class with an emphasis on its application for contemporary dancers. Fundamental concepts of alignment, clarity, economy of movement, core strength, and range of motion will be integrated with developing a personal sense of expression and musicality within the classical vocabulary. Features live music!
capoeira with katya wesolowski
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines dance, self-defense, acrobatics, and music. In this class, participants will work individually and in partners to learn the basic movements, percussive music, and singing of capoeira. Ongoing classes will be complete body workouts, increasing strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, and rhythm. Students with or without experience in capoeira, dance, or martial arts are all welcome!
hip hop for all with ronald west
intermediate/advanced modern TECHNIQUE with suzanne beahrs
This class encourages both taking risks and paring down through full-bodied movement and a supportive community of dancers. The class progresses through a series of little dances (and some guided improvisations) that give dancers opportunities to practice particular skills. These little phrases are compiled into a longer dance at the end of class, so that dancers can revisit all of the material when they are fully warmed up, and integrate what they’ve learned into a full experience of dancing. Key principles include the following: 1. Moving efficiently throughout our kinespheres and in locomotion. 2. Using sensation and play to make choices of dynamics, weight, and quality. 3. Training our bodies to go along for the ride as our heavy, weighted centers initiate with power and momentum. Features live music!
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED RELEASE TECHNIQUE WITH ANNA BARKER
This class begins with floor exercises focusing on alignment and fluidity to warm up our muscles. We then embark on an improvisational score using anatomically-guided imagery, allowing our bodies to ground, connect, strengthen, explore possibilities, and challenge our verticality. We will make our way to standing utilizing exercises that help us define the most efficient pathways in our bodies, discovering how can we employ the concept of “less is more” as we transition into bigger, more expansive movement. We will apply this practice to larger combinations, finding center when we are off-balance, navigating challenging directional shifts and expansive range of motion while maintaining a sense of ease and grounding throughout.