Dance Skills for Humankind: Contemporary Technique and Improvisation w/ Delisa Myles and Breanna Rogers
Classes will resume in January 2018 on Wednesday 5:30-6:45
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!
Currently taking a break. Will return Winter 2018
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.
Lindy Hop Night School w/ Earl Duque & Monique McConnell
Monday: Choreography and Performance - 5:30-6:15
Monday: Level 2+: Swing outs and more - 6:15-7:00
Monday: OPEN DANCE - 7-7:30
Next 6 week series starts Monday November 6, 2017
Focus is on the fundamentals of social Lindy Hop.
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. During the day, Earl is an Aerospace Engineer, has been a Professor of Mechanical Engineering @ NAU and a Research Scientist @ NASA. He currently manages a research group for a software company based in New Jersey which allows him to venture on occasion to NYC, the home of the Lindy Hop.
Monique McConnell has been swing dancing since the late 1990s, learning with a fellow teacher, and by attending workshops and lessons in Phoenix. She was a high school teacher for 10 years ago where she taught dance in theater productions she directed.