The Dance for World Community Festival happened two months ago now, and I am still feeling nourished by the experience. Not only did we get to create and perform new work for the festival, "The Last Bird", but I got to teach an open free community class at the beautiful José Mateo Ballet Theatre studios in Harvard Square.
The class was only twenty minutes long, but was one of the most rewarding classes I have ever taught. Over 30 people crammed into a small studio and followed me on a short warm-up focusing on the spine and core. I was also able to share part of the phrase from "The Last Bird" that some of them have seen in performance.
In the room were teen girls who asked special permission to take the class (which was listed as 18+ on the schedule), many folks dressed in dance clothes and other folks dressed in jeans and dress shirts like they had walked right off the street. They were so positive and gracious for the short class. The experience only confirms for me the power of dance education to connect with people. We are all dancers in one way or another.
Intimations Dance is excited to announce summer and fall classes. We'll regularly share pictures and videos from company classes on facebook and on the blog to peak your interest. Hope to see you at at class!
Intimations Dance Open Company Class at Green Street Studios (Summer)
Join Artistic Director Jessica Muise and Intimations Dance company members for a summer modern class series.
Mondays 6 - 7:30pm
Session Dates: 7/22 - 8/26
Green Street Studios, Studio 1
185 Green Street, Cambridge, MA
Sliding scale $10 - $15
Class Description: Let’s wake up the psoas, lengthen the spine, get friendly with the floor, connect with our breath and move inside phrase work with multiple orbits and pulls of gravity. The warm up will strengthen and stretch the spine and core muscle groups pulling from Graham, Hawkins and Limón techniques. We'll focus on floor work, some improvisation and new phrases each week. Flyer below.
Intro to Contemporary Dance (Fall)
Get a taste of Contemporary Dance, a style made famous by Fox Network's TV show So You Think You Can Dance. Contemporary dance draws on ballet, modern and jazz dance technique to create expressive and fluid movement. Begin with a strength and flexibility warm-up and across-the-floor exercises.
Each class, you'll learn new themed choreography set to contemporary music. We will also learn about the the history of contemporary dance through readings, video clips, and short in-class discussions. Bring a yoga mat for the warm-up.
Wear comfortable athletic clothing or dance wear; no special footwear is required.
Hosted by Newton Community Education
Newton South High School Dance Studio
9/25/13 - 10/23/13
Registration coming soon!