Because of my experience as pilates teacher and my deep love of technique, I enjoy helping dancers with physical challenges. However, dancers currently working in ballet, contemporary, and modern dance must also have a plethora of artistic and intellectual skills, and so I always address these components as well.
Ballet and modern class commence with exercises designed to increase somatic awareness and improve alignment. We then begin to bridge the gap between “exercises” and “dancing” with standing work that offers dancers a structured setting that is relatively straightforward. Ultimately, dancers are moving expansively and expressively. Throughout class, short improvisational or somatic-based tasks invite dancers to familiarize themselves with their own personal vocabulary or intuitive movement patterns so as to enhance their artistic voice while executing set combinations. Ultimately, class is both physically and mentally rigorous.
Who are you? What do you feel when you dance? How can you weave these insights into your technique? What kind of performer are you? How can you develop this? How can you provide contrast? How are texture, expressivity, and transparency cultivated? And on, and on, and on. Thinking about these questions throughout class can expand artistic range, help establish practical goals, and I believe, even increase technical skills.
Ideally, I aim to help dancers become thoughtful, responsive, aware artists who have the physical means to express the nuances of their sensations in the work they are performing; creative people who can bring unique insight to familiar material or new choreography.
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