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!
Currently taking a break. Will return Fall 2017
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.
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.
Kenpo w/ Sifu James Tury
Sifu James Tury has been an avid practitioner of the martial arts for the past 17 years. Raised in the Jim Adkins White Tiger Martial Arts systems. His studies major in American Kenpo, a style geared towards street self defense, but he also carries a great passion for Kung Fu, a style that helps it's practitioners strive for calmness and balance in their lives. On the side Sifu Tury is a musician who plays many instruments including guitar , percussion, and piano. He strives to help others reach their goals while he reaches for his.
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.
Lindy Hop Night School w/ Earl Duque & Monique McConnell
Tuesdays: Choreography and Performance - 5:30-6:15
Tuesdays: Level 3: CHARLESTON ! - 6:15-7:00
Tuesday: OPEN DANCE - 7-8PM-ish - Current Night School Enrollees FREE, Walk-ins $5
Fridays: Level 1 5:30-6:15
Classes begin Tuesday September 19th and Friday September 22!
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.
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.