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CONTEMPORARY DANCE

 

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

WE OFFER CLASSES FOR STUDENTS AGE 11-18 YEARS

 

                                            PHOTO BY ANTHONY THORNTON 

 

CREATIVE MOVEMENT - ages 7-9yrs

Thursdays at 5:15-6:15pm. (1hr/week)

Ages 7-9 years. Creative Movement provides an opportunity for students to explore imagination, self expression and creativity while introducing basic elements of dance. In this class students learn proper dance alignment, rhythm, tempo, levels, spatial awareness, and patterns through dance technique, creative movement activities and props. Approximately half way through the year the teacher will include choreography and performance quality activities as well. This class is a great introduction to dance for those who like to move, but are not necessarily interested in ballet. 

 

 

CONTEMPORARY & MODERN DANCE I/II - ages 10-14 years.

Thursdays at 6:30-7:45pm. (1.25hr/week)

Beginner/Intermediate level. In this class the students will be introduced to Modern Dance Technique and Choreography, including styles and ideologies surrounding Modern Dance. Modern Dance being a more relaxed, free style of dancing, often danced in bare feet and looser costumes. Modern dancers often use emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines, as opposed to following a structured code of technique, as in Classical Ballet. There is also a deliberate use of Gravity, as Modern dancers use their body weight to enhance movement. At this level the students will be introduced to a couple of The First Generation Modern Dancers; Martha Graham and Lester Horton. The students will learn the similarities and differences between these two styles (Graham technique vs Horton technique). Improvisation is an important part of Contemporary Modern dance, and the students will use several Improvisation games to enhance their technique and to free the body from habitual movement patterns. 

 

 

 PHOTO BY REX KEEP


CONTEMPORARY & MODERN DANCE III - ages 13-18 years. 

Fridays from 5:15-6:45pm. (1.5hrs/week)

Advanced level. By placement only. In this class the students will further advance in Modern Dance Technique and Choreography. Modern Dance being a more relaxed, free style of dancing, often danced in bare feet and looser costumes. Modern Dancers favor use of emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines, as opposed to following a structured code of technique, as in Classical Ballet. There is also a deliberate use of gravity, as Modern dancers use their body weight to enhance movement. This class is recommended as a paired class with the "Improvisation & Composition" class. Improvisation is an important part of Contemporary Modern dance, and the students will use several Improvisation techniques in order to free the body from habitual movement patterns and be encouraged to create their own styles. At this level the students will learn to recognize the different styles and ideologies surrounding The First and Second generation Modern Dancers, such as Martha Graham, Lester Horton, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Katherine Dunham and Alvin Ailey. As the students advance and understand these various Modern Techniques, they will be introduced to Current Pioneers in Modern dance, such as Mark Morris and Ohad Naharin (Gaga technique).

 

IMPROVISATION & COMPOSITION - age 13-18 years. 

Will be a part of the Contemporary Class. Improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of improvised material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations. Dance Improvisation is not only about creating new movement but it is also defined as freeing the body from habitual movement patterns. The students will use different Improvisation techniques to find their own style of dance, and create free dance expression and confidence in self and movement. An essential balancing complement to all dance styles.