STRICTLY SEATTLE 2017
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS + FACULTY BIOS

 

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PROFESSIONAL / ADVANCED SESSION

>> PROF/ADV PERFORMANCE TRACK CHOREOGRAPHERS >>

 

keys to my city1ALICE GOSTI (Prof/Adv Choreographer) is an Italian-American choreographer, hybrid performance artist, curator and architect of experiences, working between Seattle and Europe since 2008. Gosti’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, commissions and residencies including being a recipient of the 2016 New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project for Production and Touring of a new work, Velocity Dance Center Made in Seattle, 2013 Vilcek Creative Promise in Dance, 2012 ImPulsTanz danceWEB scholarship, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture grant, and an Artist Trust GAP Grant. Gosti’s work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, theaters and festivals. Dance Magazine has described Gosti’s work as “unruly yet rigorous, feminine yet rebellious, task-like yet mischievous.“ Gosti has worked as a performer and collaborator with artists Sara Shelton Mann, Keith Hennessy, Carolyn Carlson, Mark Haim, Amy O’Neal amongst others. She is the founder of Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival, the only festival dedicated exclusively to durational performance.

 

004-BFA_WallichRehearsal_2-3-2016_MageeKATE WALLICH (Prof/Adv Choreographer) is a Seattle-based choreographer, director and teacher – named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2015. She received her training from Interlochen Arts Academy and Cornish College of the Arts (Magna Cum Laude). In 2010, she founded her dance company, The YC, with co-founder Lavinia Vago. Her work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally by On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, The Rauschenberg Foundation, MANA Contemporary, Springboard Danse Montréal, TOES, Bumbershoot, Conduit, City Arts Festival, The Frye Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery and Seattle Art Museum as well as by leading West Coast companies Whim W’Him, Raw Dance and Northwest Dance Project. She was a Visiting Artist at University of Washington, University of Oregon, Cornish College of the Arts and University of Utah. Kate has created two evening-length works with The YC: Super Eagle produced through Velocity Dance Center’s Made In Seattle program and Splurge Land produced through On the Board’s Performance Production Program. Kate has received awards and grants from 4Culture, Artist Trust, The Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation, Seattle Magazine’s “Spotlight Artist Award” and is a 2 time AIR recipient of the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida.

 

Graney_Head_FullPAT GRANEY (Prof/Adv Choreographer) is a Seattle-based artist working in dance/installation. The PG Company has toured to most major American cities as well as abroad. Ms. Graney is the recipient of a Guggenheim award, a US Artist Award, an Alpert Award and the Arts Innovator Award. In 2013, Ms. Graney was awarded the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Ms.Graney began KTF/The Prison Project, which has been to over 20 prisons across America as well as abroad. Keeping the Faith works with incarcerated women through writing, dance and visual arts to help them discover a sense of self and how that self relates to community. Girl Gods was just nominated for a ‘Bessie’ New York Dance & Performance Award.

 


>> ADV SESSION – DANCE FILM TRACK >>


KT Model Tim SummersFrame by Frame with KT Niehoff and Sebastien Scandiuzzi

This three-week workshop takes the dance filmmaker through every step of the process as they create their own short dance film. Along with Niehoff, the faculty will include a cinematographer and editor Sebastien Scandiuzzi and composer BC Campbell. Participants will learn the necessary preparatory elements of creating a film – sound and choreographic elements, storyboarding, location scouting, styling, and rehearsing material through the perspective of the camera’s lens. Each student will then have the opportunity to shoot their film with a professional cinematographer, learning on-set vernacular and how to effectively convey their directorial vision to their camera person. In the final stages, students will learn basic editing skills, with a professional editor and composer available as mentors. Final short films will be shown at the Strictly Seattle Performances July 29 + 30, 2016.

We will start at the very beginning of the process of creating a short dance film and work through until each student in the class has completed their own, 1.5-2min short. The first week will be dedicated to learning simple camera techniques and how to use your core to connect to the lens. We will practice seeing dance material through a specific point (the cameras POV – point of view) instead of the choreographers’ overview eye that we are used to employing when we make live work. Each student will come up with their concept, storyboard, locate sites, create material, find performers and stylize their short. The rest of the faculty will include a composer, cinematographer and editor. Students will receive overview lectures from these professionals to get a general idea of how to collaborate with these artists (their specific trade language, communication on and off set and the technical aspects they are negotiating). Each student will have 4 hours to shoot their film working with a professional cinematographer. From there a very basic tutorial in editing software will be given and the third week will be editing, laying down the score, and finishing the film, with the faculty on-site to help problem solve.

Each student will be required to have their own laptop and external hard drive dedicated to the project. If you have Adobe Premier editing software that is great, if not they have a trial package that can be downloaded and used for the three weeks.

KT NIEHOFF (Advanced Session – Dance Film Track)  is a Seattle based artist who makes events, dances, music, films, classes, spaces and fosters creative communities. She was featured in Dance Magazine’s “International Women in Dance” (’08) and on the covers of Dance Teacher Magazine (’12) and City Arts Seattle (’13). Her interest in dance film began in 2008. Since then she has had the privilege of learning from filmmakers Thierry De Mey, Victoria Marks and Alla Kovgan as well as working with cinematographers Ben Kasulke, Christian Hansen, Sebastien Scandiuzzi and Linus Phillips. To date she has created four short films and her work has been screened at the American Dance Festival, NEXT Dance Film Festival, Dance for Reel at Emory University, Green Valley State University and the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.She was the co-founder of Velocity Dance Center and in 2011 opened her own creative research space on Capitol Hill called 10 degrees. www.ktniehoff.com

SEBASTIEN SCANDIUZZI brings nearly 20 years of commercial and film production experience to Pressing Pictures as a producer, director and cinematographer. Sebastien’s work as Director of Photography can be seen in award winning films such as: SPIN – a short psychological thriller, SAD CITY, RAIN BEATS DOWN, THE 14/48 PROJECTS, BENEATH OUR OWN IMMENSITY, and many more. Sebastien is a regular contributor to ARTZone featured on KCTS 9, Fretboard Films, and SIFF TV. Watch Sebastien’s Reel >>

 

>> PROF/ADV CLASSES >>

 

unnamed(2)Professional/Advanced Contemporary with Jody Kuehner
For the highly trained dancer who already has a strong technique base. The flow-based class will keep you moving throughout promising ample time for big movement and artistic exploration. The class will be a container for the advanced body to explore concepts and train through a physical practice. This includes continuous flow, heat, complicated pathways, sequencing, moving from your spine, the separation of trunk and legs, inversions, stretch, strength and long intensive phrase work to end each class.

JODY KUEHNER is a Seattle-based dance artist, director, and drag queen Cherdonna Shinatra. She is 2015 Stranger Genius Award winner, Velocity Dance Center’s 2014 Artist in Residence, and 2010 Spotlight Award winner. Her choreography has been presented by every major contemporary dance venue in Seattle. Jody received a National Dance Project Production Grant for a new work that will premiere in Seattle 2016/17 seasons at On the Boards and Velocity Dance Center and will tour the US. Jody has worked with Dayna Hanson as Production Coordinator and Assistant Director for various projects.  She also dances with Mark Haim and Pat Graney since 2008. Jody as Cherdonna Shinatra performs regularly with DeLouRue Productions and NARK Magazine. Jody teaches professional level contemporary dance class weekly at Velocity Dance Center and is the Resident Choreographer for the LGBTQ youth choir Diverse Harmony.

 

Mark Haim "Fall Back into Modern Technique". 2010 American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/ADF 2010)Advanced/Professional Ballet with Mark Haim
Ground your modern and release with fluency in classical technique. This class works for advanced dancers as well as dancers with a good working knowledge of ballet. With equal emphasis on musicality and efficient alignment, we warm up with simple barre work, and continue into the center with more challenging phrase work—-adagio, pirouettes, waltz, petit and grand allegro. We are constantly finding ways to evade the deluded quest for perfection through imagery, musicality, and being continually present.

MARK HAIM has been choreographing for over 30 years. He has created new works for the Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, Limon Dance Company, Rotterdamse Dansgroep, Whim W’Him, The Wooden Floor, and has restaged his works on The Joffrey Ballet, the Bat-Dor Dance Company, Djazzex, the University of the Arts and the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, among others. His full evening solo project, The Goldberg Variations, has been performed at the American Dance Festival, the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, The John F. Kennedy Center, On The Boards and other venues in the U.S, Europe, and Asia. His newest work, This Land Is Your Land, opened the ArtDanThe Festival in Paris, and has also been performed at the Joyce Theater in NYC and in the Nasher Museum of Art as part of the 2013 ADF performing series. In 2013, he was choreographer for the Seattle Opera’s productions of The Consul and Tales of Hoffmann. Mark has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival since 1993 and was the Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington Dance Program from 2002-2008. He has also taught at the NC School of the Arts, University of Illinois, Ohio University, SMU, VCU, Cornell, JMU, Reed College, Simon Fraser University, and for schools and companies in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Korea, Portugal, Poland, Latvia, Russia, Argentina, Chile and Japan. He is a recipient of a 1987 NYFA and a1988 and 1996 NEA Choreographers Fellowship, and grants from the NPN Suitcase Fund, ArtsLink, Inc. and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Mark is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Hollins University.

 

13403358_10207133122907220_8921355906912154403_oDance Church with Kate Wallich
Dance Church is an all abilities movement class that offers a fun, nonexclusive approach to dancing. Designed for people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and identities, Dance Church is a communal space for everyone who wants to move their body. No previous training is required, but open-mindedness is a prerequisite. Over the course of 90 minutes, Kate guides the class in a series of movement cues, accompanied by a curated playlist of multi-genre pop music. The group listens, explores, laughs and sweats together. From the elation of exhaustion to the stillness of a daydream, Dance Church is a physical wild ride. The mirrors are covered, the lighting is dim and the music is loud. The format is open, there is no front. This is the dance party you wish you had last night. Dance Church was created by Kate Wallich in 2010.  www.katewallich.com/#/dance_church

KATE WALLICH is a Seattle-based choreographer, director and teacher – named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2015. She received her training from Interlochen Arts Academy and Cornish College of the Arts (Magna Cum Laude). In 2010, she founded her dance company, The YC, with co-founder Lavinia Vago. Her work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally by On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, The Rauschenberg Foundation, MANA Contemporary, Springboard Danse Montréal, TOES, Bumbershoot, Conduit, City Arts Festival, The Frye Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery and Seattle Art Museum as well as by leading West Coast companies Whim W’Him, Raw Dance and Northwest Dance Project. She was a Visiting Artist at University of Washington, University of Oregon, Cornish College of the Arts and University of Utah. Kate has created two evening-length works with The YC: Super Eagle produced through Velocity Dance Center’s Made In Seattle program and Splurge Land produced through On the Board’s Performance Production Program. Kate has received awards and grants from 4Culture, Artist Trust, The Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation, Seattle Magazine’s “Spotlight Artist Award” and is a 2 time AIR recipient of the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida.

 

Contemporary West African Dance with Etienne Cakpo
Enjoy a quick trip to Africa in this class taught by Etienne Cakpo from Benin! The class will focus on modern interpretations of movements that originate from social, spiritual or ritualistic dance from across West Africa. This dance is characterized by high energy, graceful movements, undulation of the back, and lowering of the body by bending the knees. The music is rhythmic and percussive and will take you straight to Africa.

ETIENNE CAKPO is an award-winning professional dancer, choreographer and musician from Benin, West Africa. He teaches and performs traditional African dance from Benin as well as contemporary African dance styles, and has been building his dance repertoire for over twenty years. He is director of Gansango Music & Dance, a dance company registered in Washington State. Gansango works closely with public libraries, schools and independent arts agencies locally and nationally to make performance of dance and music from Africa available to a wide range of audiences, including young children.

 

 

alia-7-may-3753Modern Partnering with Alia Swersky
This partnering workshop will blend elements of solo improvisational practice, group scores, Contact Improvisation, and specific partnering skills.  The class will focus primarily on the foundations of partnering, and applying these skills in set partnering material.  We will range from subtle, sensation-based work, through the intricacies of touch, to dynamic physical contact including falling, lifting, and catching.

ALIA SWERSKY is a movement artist, performer and teacher, engaged deeply in the vital act of dance improvisation. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 1998 with a BFA in dance and now teaches as part of the creative process curriculum at Cornish as an adjunct faculty member since 2005. Swersky has taught at Velocity’s Strictly Seattle Festival and the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI). She was a long time Co-artistic director of Dance Art Group (DAG), a non-profit organization that promotes the practice and appreciation of dance and somatic education in the Seattle area, including the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation. Alia has taught yoga continuously for over 10 years and invites this influence into her dance work and teaching. Other influences include contact improvisation, release/somatic techniques, Authentic Movement, Tuning Scores, Aikido, Buddhist meditation, and many pivotal dance partners and teachers. Alia danced and toured nationally and internationally as a member of the LeGendre Performance Group. She has also collaborated and performed in the works of many Seattle artists including The Maureen Whiting Company, Khambatta Dance Company, Jurg Koch, KT Niehoff of Lingo Dance, and Salt Horse. Alia has been actively performing, and creating improvisational and choreographic works in Seattle since 1998.

 

KT Hair Fly Tim SummersReinvent Your Eye / Tools for Abstract Composition with KT Niehoff 
This work uses improvisational scores to examine the components associated with creating non-linear, non-narrative performance art. Structures are designed to dissect elements such as personal movement vocabulary, space / architecture, theatrical elements, time / timing, identification of an idea and development, risk and wild card. Participants focus on defining each element’s parameters and universal properties, as well as individual likes / dislikes and aesthetics. Over time, the elements combined in multiple configurations, allowing the work to develop in complexity and possibility. Because the class uses improvisational scores as the exploration device, the group also focuses on working effectively with an ensemble, maximizing opportunities for intelligent, in the moment decision-making, or spontaneous composition.

KT NIEHOFF has been teaching since 1995. Her classes vary their structure and content depending on the focus – be it technique, composition, partnering skills, improvisation or philosophy. She strives to cultivate a platform for every dance artist to find a personal practice that is rigorous, playful, honest, curious, fluid, socially and politically expansive and pointed toward unabashed excellence. KT has held adjunct faculty positions at Oberlin College, The University of Washington, Western Washington University and Cornish College of the Arts. She has been a guest artist at institutions including New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, The SNDO in Amsterdam, Estudio 3 in Madrid, The Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, Mt. Holyoke, Hobart William Smith, Kenyon College, Evergreen College, among others. She has taught master classes, Lecture Demonstrations and/or workshops at dozens of U.S. colleges including Ohio State, Vanderbilt, UCSD, UC Riverside, CSLUB, Reed, Alfred University and University of Oregon. She taught for the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Contemporary Track, has been on faculty for the Seattle Festival of Alternative Dance two times and has regularly taught for The Strictly Seattle Summer Dance Intensive. She has also served as an adjudicator for ACDFA in the Northwest and Southwest regions.KT was the founder and director of Velocity Dance Center in Seattle from 1996-2006.

 

Wade_Madsen_photo_by_Gregory_Bartning_007Creative Process with Wade Madsen
In this Creative process class Madsen will facilitate dancers to create material from different sources and begin a process of putting together  and looking at material created in class. With feedback from the class and Madsen dancers will examine a few ways to creating a successful solo, duet or trio using phrase material created by themselves and other dancers as a starting place for works.

WADE MADSEN was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he attended the University of New Mexico. Wade has been in Seattle teaching, performing, and choreographing since 1977. He has toured nationally with the Bill Evans Dance Company (1978-1980) and with Tandy Beal & Company (1981 -1982). He has performed with Amy O’Neal and Amii Legendre dance groups along with Dayna Hansen, KT Neihoff and in the fall with Peggy Piachenza. Since 1979 Wade has been producing work with his own company, ’Wade Madsen & Dancers’ along with various tours nationally and internationally. Wade is a professor of dance at Cornish College of the Arts since 1984, and has been on faculty at Velocity since it opened in 1996.

 

AGTeachingbyTim SummersIt is just the beginning, and it may last forever with Alice Gosti
In this Creative Process class we will investigate durational performance, asking ourselves: how long does it go for? What if it last forever?

 

Using improvisational scores and task based movement we will challenge time as we know it, expanding and contracting it to alter our own experience, emotions and perceptions.

 

ALICE GOSTI is an Italian-American choreographer, hybrid performance artist, curator and architect of experiences, working between Seattle and Europe since 2008. Gosti’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, commissions and residencies including being a recipient of the 2016 New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project for Production and Touring of a new work, Velocity Dance Center Made in Seattle, 2013 Vilcek Creative Promise in Dance, 2012 ImPulsTanz danceWEB scholarship, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture grant, and an Artist Trust GAP Grant. Gosti’s work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, theaters and festivals. Dance Magazine has described Gosti’s work as “unruly yet rigorous, feminine yet rebellious, task-like yet mischievous.“ Gosti has worked as a performer and collaborator with artists Sara Shelton Mann, Keith Hennessy, Carolyn Carlson, Mark Haim, Amy O’Neal amongst others. She is the founder of Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival, the only festival dedicated exclusively to durational performance

 

 
 
 

INTERMEDIATE SESSION

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Teaching Mar del PlataMARK HAIM has been choreographing for over 30 years. He has created new works for the Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, Limon Dance Company, Rotterdamse Dansgroep, Whim W’Him, The Wooden Floor, and has restaged his works on The Joffrey Ballet, the Bat-Dor Dance Company, Djazzex, the University of the Arts and the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, among others. His full evening solo project, The Goldberg Variations, has been performed at the American Dance Festival, the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, The John F. Kennedy Center, On The Boards and other venues in the U.S, Europe, and Asia. His newest work, This Land Is Your Land, opened the ArtDanThe Festival in Paris, and has also been performed at the Joyce Theater in NYC and in the Nasher Museum of Art as part of the 2013 ADF performing series. In 2013, he was choreographer for the Seattle Opera’s productions of The Consul and Tales of Hoffmann. Mark has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival since 1993 and was the Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington Dance Program from 2002-2008. He has also taught at the NC School of the Arts, University of Illinois, Ohio University, SMU, VCU, Cornell, JMU, Reed College, Simon Fraser University, and for schools and companies in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Korea, Portugal, Poland, Latvia, Russia, Argentina, Chile and Japan. He is a recipient of a 1987 NYFA and a1988 and 1996 NEA Choreographers Fellowship, and grants from the NPN Suitcase Fund, ArtsLink, Inc. and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Mark is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Hollins University.

 

-¬_Massimiliano_Rossetto_TicinoInDanza_2015_BW_100_smallSTEPHANIE LIAPIS’ career as a professional dancer, choreographer and educator spans nearly twenty years and includes work with Doug Varone & Dancers, Nicholas Leichter Dance, Susan Marshall & Company, Nancy Bannon, the MET Ballet, Netta Yerushalmy, Faye Driscoll and Aquila Theater among others. She has been creating original works since 2008 and has been presented in NYC, Detroit, Denton, Seattle, Phoenix, Switzerland and Singapore. Stephanie holds a B.F.A. in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A. in dance from the University of Washington. She has served as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Long Island University-Brooklyn as well as Adjunct Lecturer at Texas Women’s University, the University of Washington, Barnard College, Hunter College and SUNY Purchase College. She hwas taught at Mimar Sinan Fine Art University (Turkey), Espacio LEM (Argentina), The American School (Switzerland), and many professional studio in NYC and Seattle. Stephanie relocated to Seattle Find more information at stephanieliapis.com!

 

>> INTERMEDIATE CLASSES >>

Mark Haim "Fall Back into Modern Technique". 2010 American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/ADF 2010)Intermediate Contemporary Technique with Mark Haim
This class has influences from the Limon Technique, the Alexander Technique, Laban Space Harmony, among others. The goal of this class is to dance with joy, and all that this entails– muscular freedom, spatial fulfillment, fertile imagination, inner connectivity, outer expressivity. The class generally starts on the floor, rises up to standing and then spreads out into space. The ways in which we do this progression change and mutate.


 

20160922JazzyPhoto_Resistance-133_smallIntermediate Contemporary Technique with Stephanie Liapis
Stephanie’s class is based in release technique and highly influenced by her work with Doug Varone & Dancers. Class begins with a guided improvisation investigating ideas of weight, effort level and sensation. The aim is to help students increase awareness of both intrinsic motivations as well as the body’s relationship to space. These concepts are further explored and developed through more traditionally structured exercises.  Students are asked to move boldly and physically, finding ease in the joints and committing to the movement task at hand. Class culminates with a vigorous, high-energy movement phrase.

 

ESP_9166_SMALLIntermediate Ballet with Natascha Greenwalt
This class offers the intermediate dancer an explorative, supportive approach to classical ballet technique. Dancers are encouraged in artistic risk taking, independent thinking and qualitative discovery all the while developing a supple, articulated body through effective moment patterning. Natascha utilizes principles from the GYROTONIC® Expansion System, improvisation, and contemporary dance to augment ballet class in a way that is fresh but maintains a traditional class structure.

NATASCHA GREENWALT  is a performer, teacher, choreographer and certified GYROTONIC® trainer who has called Seattle home for the past 12 years. After earning her BFA from Cornish as a Kreielsheimer Scholarship recipient, she had the pleasure of guesting for numerous regional classical ballet companies, performing for DASSdance and Spectrum Dance Theater before ultimately embarking on the adventure of creating Coriolis Dance with Christin Call. She has had the honor to perform work by notable choreographers such as Zoe Scofield, Donald Byrd, Lily Verlaine, Rainbow Fletcher among many others. Her own choreography has been presented by Coriolis Dance, Ballet Bellevue, Whitman College, Western Washington University (and others) in venues such as Chop Shop: Bodies of Work, Spotlight on Seattle, numerous Coriolis Dance Productions and Open Flight (Flight Deck Residency). For more info please visit www.coriolisdance.com

 

 

ADULT BEGINNING SESSION

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251402_470482483001350_623553401_nMAYA SOTO
is a choreographer, performer and award winning arts educator. Her work includes concert performance, movement installations, dance for theater and film. Maya brings together classical dance training and a sense of imaginative play. She has created 6 evening length works including Inner Galactic (2015) which was supported by creative residencies at 10 degrees in partnership with Velocity Dance Center (SEA), Exit Space (SEA) and Higher Ground (OR). Her choreography has been commissioned by numerous West Coast festivals and venues including On the Boards (SEA) and Conduit’s Dance+ Festival (PDX). As a performer, she has worked with many notable artists including Amy O’Neal, Sandstrommovement and KT Neihoff. Currently, she dances for Michele Miller/Catapult Dance. Maya is a passionate advocate for arts education. She teaches dance at Velocity Dance Center, the Northwest School, Seattle Theatre Group – Disney Musicals in Schools and the EMP Museum. For 10 years, she has worked extensively as a teaching artist in the public school system and developed several successful youth dance programs. In 2014, she received a Velocity Dance Champion Award for significant contribution to Seattle dance. Maya holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts and a Washington State Professional Teaching Certificate. mayasotodance.com

 

 

>> BEGINNING CLASSES >>

12027151_10207987841356597_3742789530165918184_oBeginning Contemporary Dance with Maya Soto Class starts on the floor with breath; connecting to the core and building strength. Drawing heavily on flow and momentum, dancers work to shift weight smoothly and efficiently while working towards speed and agility. Focus is placed on understanding and maintaining healthy alignment while moving. This class flows through traditionally structured exercises and guided improvisations inspired by laban, release and countertechnique principles. Solid technical practice is paired with individual exploration. The dialogue between work and play is important. Increased spinal mobility, range of motion, articulation and specificity are the goals. Class culminates with fun challenging phrases that emphasize rhythmic dynamics, artistic expression and joy.

 

ESP_0528smallBeginning Ballet with Natascha Greenwalt
Beginning Ballet is ideal for someone who has never taken ballet or has a desire to bush up on the basics. We will be working to build solid alignment and patterning that will be beneficial to all dance and movement forms. While working towards classical ballet positioning in a way that is both supportive and healthy for all body types and ages. Be prepared to play and sweat!

NATASCHA GREENWALT  is a performer, teacher, choreographer and certified GYROTONIC® trainer who has called Seattle home for the past 12 years. After earning her BFA from Cornish as a Kreielsheimer Scholarship recipient, she had the pleasure of guesting for numerous regional classical ballet companies, performing for DASSdance and Spectrum Dance Theater before ultimately embarking on the adventure of creating Coriolis Dance with Christin Call. She has had the honor to perform work by notable choreographers such as Zoe Scofield, Donald Byrd, Lily Verlaine, Rainbow Fletcher among many others. Her own choreography has been presented by Coriolis Dance, Ballet Bellevue, Whitman College, Western Washington University (and others) in venues such as Chop Shop: Bodies of Work, Spotlight on Seattle, numerous Coriolis Dance Productions and Open Flight (Flight Deck Residency). For more info please visit www.coriolisdance.com

 

HIP HOP TRACK – ADULT BEGINNING SESSION

>> HIP HOP TRACK – ADULT BEGINNING SESSION CHOREOGRAPHER >>

 

Jaret-Hughes_CR-Benjamin-Benschneider-copyJARET HUGHES has over 20 years of dance experience, with Hip Hop being his specialty along with training in Modern, Jazz, Ballet and African. Jaret has over 18 years of choreographing and teaching experience with all ages, including over 15 years at Elizabeth’s Dance Dimensions in Bellevue, Washington. Jaret’s choreography credits include the L.A. Clippers Spirit Dance Team (guest choreographer), Seattle Supersonics Dance Team for 5 years, founder of 2wisted Elegance from Seattle and LA’s debut of 2wisted Elegance with the help of his good friend Joey Cooper, Modazz Competition Teams at Elizabeth’s Dance Dimensions, co-choreographer and dancer for EVE in LA, and assistant choreographer / assistant Artistic Director for the “Invitation Feedback” video contest submission for Janet Jackson. Jaret Competed on Destination Stardom in Hawaii. Jaret’s performances include: Seattle’s Kube 93’s Summer Jam for 3 years with Twisted Elegance, which included sharing the main stage with artists such as Destiny’s Child, Ginuwine, Busta Rhymes, Blackstreet, Naughty By Nature and many more; various Hip Hop shows throughout Seattle including Daniel Cruz’s Battle of Seattle Remix 3 and 4 and, most recently while living in LA for 2 1/2 years, performances with Breed OCLA for numerous dance competitions and guest performances for the DVD Release Party for “Step Up 2: The Streets”. Jaret has shared his choreography expertise with various high school and college dance teams throughout Washington, California and Idaho.

Beginning Hip Hop with Jaret Hughes
Learn the basic fundamentals of hip hop which includes warm-up, conditioning, movements across the floor and choreography mixed with old and new skool moves.

 

 

 

 

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