Dance Skills for Humankind: Contemporary Technique and Improvisation w/ Delisa Myles and Breanna Rogers
Dance Skills for Humankind is a class for every body that has ever wanted to dance ! It will be taught every Wednesday at 5:30-6:45. Every other week it will be facilitated by Breanna Rogers and Delisa Myles. When Breanna teaches class, her focus will be on teaching dance technique in a nontraditional sense, meaning that the movement being taught will be accessible to those that are in the class (beginner to advanced dancer, regardless of age) and will focus on learning movement sequences that are sometimes in place, sometimes on the floor, and sometimes traveling. We will refine movement memory skills, explore and develop movement pathways for the body through choreography, and explore rhythmic play. When Delisa teaches she will lead a warm-up inviting each person to interpret instructions to suit personal needs, with the overall intentions of releasing tension, expanding the palette of physical and emotional expression and inviting freedom of movement. We will then move toward various improvisational explorations aimed at connection with others or with a topic for the evening which could include partner and ensemble work, movement and voice, sensory dances, working with props, writing and dance, improvisation blending with choreography, touch, contact and more. All experience levels are welcome, ages ten and over. What we ask from our students is to come with a sense of adventure and a desire to connect with others and yourself in new ways. There will be room to interpret and respond in the way that is right for you and your body. We look forward to dancing with you!
Beginner Class 5:30pm
Cost: $10 per class w/ practica or $5 for practica
Our classes are structured for dancers of all levels - absolute beginners to those more experienced. Each session is two hours long on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 followed by a practica till about 7:30pm. The evening begins with movement exercises where we work on how to move on your own, in unison with a partner, moving with the music and moving together as a group of dancers. You will learn to move as both a "proposer" (leader) and an "interpreter" (follower) role. We then will work on a "figure" from the Argentine Tango vocabulary. You'll learn about La Cruzada, Ochoas, Caminada, Giro, Molinete, medio giro, boleo, ... the list is endless. Our lessons also include some discussion of them music and directed movement to the music. You'll hear about the "Golden Age" orchestras from 30's-50's such as DiSarli, Darienzo, Fresedo, Pugliese, Tanturi, Moran and more. You'll be able to distinuguish and dance to Argentine Tangos, Vals and Milonga. We'll also learn to listen to and play with contemporary Tangos from band list Gotan Project, Trio Garufa and Tanghetto. The evening ends with a community practica where the music just plays and we all dance reviewing all that we just learned and sharing in what we know.
Active Isolated Stretch
Monday 9:00-10:00 am
Join Bill Smith in this unique class for active adults No experience necessary.
"Stretch Your World In 2 Seconds" quickly describes what Active Isolated Stretching is all about. 2 second stretches have been found to quickly improve flexibility, and loosen joints, ligaments, and muscles. This type of stretching is beneficial from individuals with chronic pain issues to ultra-marathon runners who want to stay injury free. An intricate and dynamic stretch class that helps you listen to your own body and address it's needs. Be ready to have some serious fun. The first class is free.
Bill Smith Bio:
Active Isolated Stretching has changed my life both professionally and personally since I took my first class in 2007 from the founder of AIS, Aaron Mattes. I have studied and worked with Aaron many times in his clinic in Florida and have assisted in teaching classes. I have been teaching classes in gyms, churches, to running and soccer teams, and most recently at Yavapai College. I have been practicing massage full-time since 1992. I am a certified neuromuscular therapist, a licensed massage therapist, and an ACE certified personal trainer. Hiking, running, tennis, and general exploring with my wife and 2 dogs is what sounds like fun to me.
Hip Hop w/ Amelia Mitchell
Amelia's Hip Hop class is broken up into three sections: warm up, across the floor movements, and learning and practicing a routine. The warm up includes intense cardio using hip hop style movements, strengthening, and stretching. This class combines the old school styles of the B-Boys of the 80's and 90's with more contemporary styles of hip hop choreography, putting a lot of focus on popping and locking, isolations, and gliding. Dress: Sweatpants, yoga pants, or leggings are recommended. NO SHORTS. Please also designate a pair of sneakers just for this class, make sure they are dirt and rock free as not to dirty up or scuff the dance floor.
Amelia has been dancing for 24 years and has been doing hip hop for 16. Her parents enrolled her in her first dance class at the age of three and she ran with it. It was in the fifth grade that she took her first hip hop class and instantly fell in love. While she has continued to study ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and lyrical throughout the years her main focus has always been on hip hop. Two years after taking her first hip hop class Amelia became one of the first members of the first and only strictly hip hop competitive dance team out of Prescott. Over the next five years she traveled the country competing and performing. Over the last ten years Amelia has split her time between living in different cities around the country studying under different teachers in different settings, and teaching in the community at various schools and dance studios working with students of all ages; somehow in the middle of all this she earned her degree in Performing Arts from Prescott College. It was her belief that knowledge and understanding of the history and origin of hip hop was just as important as the style of dance itself that led her to move away and immerse herself in hip hop culture. She has worked with and studied under a wide range of dancers/mentors from music video and concert choreographers to some of the original B-Boys of the late 70's and early 80's.
Be Here Now, Mindful Movement, Breath, balance, nourish, relax
With Renee Girard
Tuesdays 9:30 am
Imagine you’ve just been dropped into this body - every articulation holds previously unknown possibilities, every sensation is new. Imagine moving out of stillness, uncurling for the first time. INTRODUCING BODY WISDOM: Movement to awaken, energize, nourish and balance. Build physical fluidity, balance and kinesthetic awareness through playful movement exploration and creative problem solving. Enhance awareness of the present moment using imagery, intentional breathing and kinesthetic exercises. Experience the sense of well-being and joy that flows organically from connection with yourself and others Stretch, bend, twist, breathe and explore the possibilities with Body Wisdom. .
Curious inquires: (928) 533-2729
Tribal Belly Dance w/ Sarah Hinson
Sunday, 3-4pm starting January 29th, 2017
Tribal Belly Dance is a very old art form that has had many musical and movement influences from regions of the Middle East to Africa, and now the United States. This class shall focus on various techniques from different regions, and expand to the unique language of movement created by Terri Walden and Troupe Salamat. As an improvisational dance language, this class shall teach the movement and cues that allow for each dance to be created anew, each dancer learning the ability to lead and to follow.
Sarah Hinson was born and raised in Prescott and has been dancing since the age of 3. Within the consecutive 15 years she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical and competed throughout Arizona with a pre-professional Jazz company for 4 years. Upon graduating high school, Sarah moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to study her newest passion; Flamenco Dancing. At the University of New Mexico she began working as an apprentice to Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company under the direction of Joaquin Encinias. Sarah became a Professional Flamenco Dancer and an instructor for the National Institute of Flamenco, whilst traveling the country performing as a company member. Sarah has had the opportunity to study with world renowned artists such as Manuela Carrasco, Israel Galvan, Pastora Galvan, Mario Maya, Juana Amaya and others. During her studies of Dance, Spanish and Philosophy at UNM, she was introduced to Modern Dance by Donna Jewell, the head of the UNM Dance Department. Under various instructors and guest artists, Sarah was exposed to various forms of Modern including the styles of Martha Graham, Twila Tharp, Jose Limon, Hanya Holm and Paul Taylor. She was honored to be a soloist in the nationally recognized resurrection of Hanya Holm’s “Rota,” and was interviewed by Dance Magazine about her experience during “Rota,” and her personal dance career. Upon moving back to Prescott, Sarah was exposed to Tribal Belly Dance, and shortly thereafter was asked to join the highly influential Troupe Salamat led by Terri Walden. She studied under Walden for 2 years, as well as traveled with her internationally to perform and teach. Sarah is currently a local Piano Instructor at the Sarah Hinson Piano Studio and a Dance Instructor for the Flying Nest Movement Arts Studio. She performs regularly as a Flamenco Soloist and is an active member of Why Not??? BellyDance.
West African-Inspired Movement w/ Nikki
2nd and 4th Sundays
West African-Inspired Movement
Cost: $10/class, 4 class pass $35, 8 class pass $60, students $5
This workshop will be an fun exploration of freeing the spirit through honoring the cultural exchange of Guinea, West African drum and dance with the Western world. Second and fourth Sundays of the month. Out of the two monthly classes, the first will be more focused on technique, learning tips and tricks to drop into African styled movement. The second monthly class will have live drummers, and we will get to experience the symbiotic relationship between the dancer and the drummer. We honor ourselves and our ancestors as we draw together to create graceful movement within our dance community. Through dancing, we pay homage to the magical life force held within all rhythm.
Under the guidance of Liz Faller, Nikki found her hearts passion in West African dance eight years ago. She has traveled throughout the Southwest to study with some of the world's most prominent teachers, such as Youssouf Koumbassa, Moustapha Bangoura, Fara Tolno, Amara Mansare, Marieto Camara, Alhassane Camara, and many more. Studying West African dance has been a life changing experience; it has taught her what it means to open her heart, to enjoy each moment life brings, and to connect with the spirit of the universe.
Swing w/ Earl Duque & Monique McConnell
6:15-6:45pm Intermediate Lindy Hop Lesson
6:45-7:30pm Lindy Hop Fundamentals
7:30-8pm (Open Dance)
5:15-5:45pm Shim Sham (A Swing Line Dance, All Levels)
5:45-6:30pm East Coast Swing (Beginners)
Cost: $10 per session (2 classes in one day) walk-in / Discount Card (10-pack=$70 or $7 per class) / $5 College or High School Student
The Lindy hop is an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. It was very popular during the Swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. It is frequently described as a jazz dance and is a member of the swing dance family.
Earl Duque has been dancing Lindy Hop since the Swing Dance revivals of the early 1990's. He learned Lindy from the dance clubs such as the Cafe DuNord, The Hi Ball, Broadway Studios and the Metronome Ballroom in San Francisco.
In this class we'll learn the basic swing rhythms, side charleston, how to lead and follow inside and outside turns and swing outs.
Downtown Latin Dance w/ Daniel Garcia
We are a social Latin Dance community open to all ages and skill levels! We teach/dance Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha-cha, and more!
$6 at the door. Lesson starts at 7 pm every Sunday, with open dance beginning at 8 pm. So come out and dance!
My name is Daniel Garcia and I am an amateur dancer. Amateur comes from the Latin root for love, so what I mean is: I dance for the love of it! I first started dancing when I joined the NAU Latin Dance Club in 2011 while in college. After returning to Prescott I realized that there was no real social Latin Dance Scene. So out of desperation I started Downtown Latin Dance! I figured if I teach people then I'll have people to dance with. With help, support, and much enthusiasm, 3 years after it began we have grown into a thriving dance community.