STRICTLY SEATTLE 2014 class descriptions + FACULTY BIOS

Alexis Convento and Bennyroyce Royon

Photo Quinn Batson / Bennyroyce Dance Productions


PROFESSIONAL/ADVANCED SESSION

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ZOE SCOFIELD (Professional Session Choreographer) studied ballet and modern dance at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Boston. She has danced with Prometheus Dance and Bill James among other choreographers in Toronto, Boston and Seattle. Scofield has received The Strangers Genius Award, National Dance Project Tour Support, The Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University, Artist Trusts GAP Grant and Artist Fellowship Award, City Arts Innovator Award, Seattle Magazine’s Spotlight Award, Alpert Award Residency and the Princess Grace Foundation Choreography and Special Project Awards. As collaborators, Scofield and Shuey have been commissioned and shows work at galleries and art spaces nationally and internationally.

PAT GRANEY  (Advanced Session Choreographer) Founder of the Pat Graney Dance Company in 1991, choreographer Pat Graney creates work that features a diverse set of movement vocabularies that range from ballet to gymnastics to martial arts; explorations of female identity and power; and rich visuals. The Vivian Girls (2004) was based on the work of “outsider” artist Henry Darger; and House of Mind (2008), a work in multiple media (installation, sculpture, video, and choreographed performances), transformed a 5,000 square-foot raw space. In 1991, she began creating a body of work related to women with Faith (1991), Sleep (1995), and Tattoo (2001)—this triptych was re-mounted in 2010 at On the Boards. As a long-time Seattle resident, Graney and her company have undertaken community initiatives like working with incarcerated women though Keeping the Faith/The Prison Project, and more recently working with teens who have been trafficked in the Seattle school system. Among her many honors, Graney is an Alpert Award in the Arts (2008) and USA Fellowship (2008) recipient. Her upcoming work for 2015, girl gods, explores the sacrifice of the female in contemporary culture.

BENNYROYCE ROYON (Advanced Session Choreographer)  Filipino-American dancer-choreographer Bennyroyce Royon is a Juilliard graduate and former dancer with Armitage Gone! Dance. He has been noted by The New York Times for his “keenly focused, succinct way with movement” and has danced with notable companies including the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Bad Boys of Dance and Sidra Bell Dance New York; received choreographic commissions from the Atlanta Ballet and Joffrey Academy of Dance; and appeared on PBS Great Performances, Good Morning America, and the music videos of Son Lux and My Brightest Diamond. He founded Bennyroyce Dance Productions, a project-based, multimedia contemporary dance company which has presented at venues in New York City including The Joyce Theater and Baruch Performing Arts Center. www.bennyroyce.com

 

>> PROF/ADV DANCE FILM TRACK

Frame by Frame with KT Niehoff
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 cameraperson. 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 25-26, 2014

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. http://ktniehoff.com/472/strictly-seattle/

KT NIEHOFF is 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

 

AUDIT: Frame by Frame with KT Niehoff
July 6-26
2:30-5:30 / Mon-Fri
Auditing students will participate in the classes, hands-on training, and software tutorials listed above. Not included in the auditing track are daily morning technique classes, and the 4-hour film shoot with a professional cinematographer. This track is ideal for people who already have a project and/or footage to work with and who are looking for space, time and mentorship from local filmmakers.

>> PROF/ADV CLASSES

Professional/Advanced Modern with Michelle Miller
Motivated from the desire to move, this class explores the act of motion from its initial impulse to its final outward expression. Drawing from a wide scope of movement forms including modern techniques, Pilates, Tai Chi and kung fu, it encourages deepened awareness and understanding of the body and how it functions. The class is a progression of energy cultivation, technical experimentation, inversions and falls, culminating in rigorous, delicious phrase work.

MICHELE MILLER After teaching at and managing Dance Space Center in New York, Michele moved to Seattle to join the Pat Graney Company in 1992.  She opened Velocity Dance Center with KT Niehoff in 1996, serving as the Executive Director until 2005. An Associate Professor at Cornish College of the Arts, Michele has recently formed Catapult Dance, a company of eight awesome, fierce women dancers and collaborators. Michele currently owns SH/FT Movement and Healing Arts with her partner, Heather Coyle, where she teaches private Pilates sessions, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu and Koo’s Tai Chi to both dancers and martial artists.

Professional/Advanced Contemporary/Modern with Bennyroyce Royon
The class navigates through a variety of contemporary systems, allowing dancers to play with numerous sources of form and function, and to gain a diverse set of approaches and viewpoints.  Experimenting with different aspects of these movement practices yields a holistic understanding of current contemporary dance methods, shaping highly capable, intelligent, dynamic artists. The class begins with a floor warm-up focusing on breath, core strength, and total body awareness. This is followed by a sequence of exercises designed to allow the spine, hips, legs, and arms to find harmonious alignment and articulation. Movement across the floor cultivates dynamic, grounded shifts of direction in space. The class culminates with a final movement phrase, tying together elements from throughout the class.

BENNYROYCE ROYON Filipino-American dancer-choreographer Bennyroyce Royon is a Juilliard graduate and former dancer with Armitage Gone! Dance. He has been noted by The New York Times for his “keenly focused, succinct way with movement” and has danced with notable companies including the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Bad Boys of Dance and Sidra Bell Dance New York; received choreographic commissions from the Atlanta Ballet and Joffrey Academy of Dance; and appeared on PBS Great Performances, Good Morning America, and the music videos of Son Lux and My Brightest Diamond. He founded Bennyroyce Dance Productions, a project-based, multimedia contemporary dance company which has presented at venues in New York City including The Joyce Theater and Baruch Performing Arts Center. www.bennyroyce.com

Professional/Advanced Contemporary with Kate Wallich
Class will be an accumulation of movement integration, sensation/awareness, and strength building.  Lead in and out of various states of movement, we will focus on qualitative and dynamic research in the body.  We will push to physical exhaustion and find balance inside of technique.  Based of various practices of improvisations, we will touch on basic technical forms and approach these with a heightened sense of the self.  We will play with dialoguing simple movement vocabularies to push towards a communicative body. This class is highly physical and we will learn material.

KATE WALLICH duos as both choreographer and dance artist creating works that are generated in collaboration with concept designer/dancer Lavinia Vago (SEA/NY) and multi-instrumentalist/pop singer Lena Simon (SEA/LA). She has presented her work as part of the Seattle International Dance Festival/ Beyond the Threshold, The BOOST Dance Festival, On the Boards/12 Minutes Max, and Velocity Dance Center/Founder’s Theater. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Cornish, Kate has worked with and been mentored by artists Tonya Lockyer, Zoe Scofield, KT Neihoff, and Olivier Wevers. Her teaching style has been influenced by the teachings and practices of Ohad Naharin (Gaga), Zoe Scofield (zoe|juniper), Rudolf Van Laban, Wade Madsen, Louse Bedard, Margie Gillis, William Forsythe, and many others.

Ballet with Hannah C. Wiley
A collaboration with musician Paul Moore, this class approaches ballet technique from an anatomically informed, musically driven, user-friendly perspective. Since 1999, Paul and Hannah have enjoyed sharing their love of dance and music with Strictly Seattle participants.

HANNAH C. WILEY is founding artistic director of the Chamber Dance Company. She currently holds the Floyd & Delores Jones Endowed Chair in the Arts, and was awarded a Donald E. Petersen Endowed Professorship in 2003. After serving on the faculty at Mount Holyoke College for ten years, Hannah joined the UW faculty in 1987. She has created eight documentaries about choreography by Michio Ito, Dore Hoyer, Mary Wigman, Joseph Gifford, Eve Gentry, Bebe Miller, Tandy Beal and Jean Erdman. Her research has been published in Dance Research Journal, Graduate Research Journal, Foot and Ankle, Impulse and Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dance Church: A multi-faceted approach to technique with Kate Wallich
This class is tailored not only for the highly trained dancer but also to those who have little or no training.  Based on a series of images and metaphors, the class is lead through various movement states and cues (ie. shaking, softness, thickness).  While we attempt to push beyond aesthetics, we are also able to bring awareness to our habitual bodies, noticing without judgment how we move as individuals and within a group. The class culminates into an hour and fifteen minutes of listening, exploring, acknowledging, and dancing on pop music.  It’s like the dance party you wanted to have last night.

KATE WALLICH duos as both choreographer and dance artist creating works that are generated in collaboration with concept designer/dancer Lavinia Vago (SEA/NY) and multi-instrumentalist/pop singer Lena Simon (SEA/LA). She has presented her work as part of the Seattle International Dance Festival/ Beyond the Threshold, The BOOST Dance Festival, On the Boards/12 Minutes Max, and Velocity Dance Center/Founder’s Theater. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Cornish, Kate has worked with and been mentored by artists Tonya Lockyer, Zoe Scofield, KT Neihoff, and Olivier Wevers. Her teaching style has been influenced by the teachings and practices of Ohad Naharin (Gaga), Zoe Scofield (zoe|juniper), Rudolf Van Laban, Wade Madsen, Louse Bedard, Margie Gillis, William Forsythe, and many others.

Fit to dance: The Technique of Fitting with Cyrus Khambatta
This workshop series combines elements of Contact Improvisation (CI) with other partnering methods to create new and underutilized pathways in the body-to body dialogue that are intuitive. Beginning with Cyrus’ own release-based “fitting” technique, we will work with developing an awareness of the miniscule shifts in the concave and convex surface and architecture of two bodies. The “fitting“ both calms the nervous system and provides an infinitely more complex and complete sensory road map to a partners body architecture that we can be aware of as we learn to launch into the air and move quickly across bodies.

CYRUS KHAMBATTA has over 25 years teaching experience with CI and contemporary partnering work which he uses to choreograph his own set work on his company Khambatta Dance. The company performs internationally and Cyrus has taught in Europe, Latin America and Asia. A sensitive teacher, Cyrus creates a thoughtful learning arc, enabling students to be challenged at a comfortable pace with great skill accumulation.

The Body/Mind/Spirit of Improvisation with Louis Gervais
When we dance, we enter in a full expression of our Selves.  A great performer is one who inhabits their work from a place of total commitment, generosity and presence.  In this class, we will explore what it means to be fully expressed, how to radiate and direct energy, and to be vulnerable and empowered at the same time.  Exploring with improvisational scores, we will look at the responsibility of the dancer as a creative artist to bring work into living, breathing aliveness onstage.

LOUIS GERVAIS (MFA) has been dancing for more than 30 years.  Training in ballet, tap, modern, and jazz, he performed professionally with many companies and toured professionally throughout the world.  He is currently inspired by exploring improvisation from a body/mind/spirit perspective.  He is a member of the Seattle Contact Improvisation Lab and teaches regularly in the Seattle area. Louis received his MFA from the UW in 2009.

Re-invent 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 is 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.

Hip Hop with Jaret Hughes
Learn to move and groove with just the basics. Learn today’s hottest Hip Hop moves with an occassional old skool flare including progressions across the floor. This high energy, intense class is sure to get you movin and groovin and not to mention…SWEATIN!!!! Dress comfortably in non-restrictive clothing and sneakers.

JARET HUGHES has 14 years of dance experience, with Hip Hop being his specialty along with training in Modern, Jazz, Ballet and African. Jaret has 11 years of choreographing and teaching experience with all ages, including 8 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.

INTERMEDIATE SESSION

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JODY KUEHNER is part contemporary dance artist and part bio drag queen named Cherdonna Shinatra.  Jody is in her seventh year dancing for the Pat Graney Company.  She has also been Pat’s dance intern for the company’s prison project “Keeping the Faith.  Jody also currently dances with Mark Haim and has acted as his Administrative Assistant and Rehearsal Director for various projects. She has worked as Dayna Hanson’s Production Coordinator and or Assistant Director for various projects as well as Assistant to the Director for Hanson’s feature length film “Improvement Club”.  Jody currently teaches technique at Velocity Dance Center and is Velocity’s Artist in Residence for 2014 as well as a Velocity Made in Seattle artist. She has been supported by the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture and was recognized by Seattle Magazine as a 2010 Spotlight Award Winner for her work with Lou Henry Hoover.

SHANNON STEWART has trained across movement modalities ranging from ballet to breakdancing to somatics throughout her professional career.  She is drawn to techniques that create narrative and specificity in the body and tools that use imagination and sensation to allow dancers of all levels to full embody their movement.  In 2013, Shannon began touring her own work nationally and worked under the mentorship of Deborah Hay and Crystal Pite.  She makes dance films with Adam Sekuler and has performed nationally and internationally, most notably with tEEth, Dayna Hanson, zoe | juniper, and Sebastian Mattius.

>> INTERMEDIATE CLASSES

Intermediate Modern with Jody Kuehner
This class is based in flow and will keep you in continuous movement for the duration of the warm-up.  Articulation of the spine is an important concept in this class as well as finding complicated pathways, sequencing the body, separation of trunk and legs and joint articulation.  We will work on inversions and concept driven improvisation as a means to generate heat in our bodies and get to know the room and get to know our fellow dancers. Each class will end with dynamic phrase work with ample time for big movement and artistic exploration.

JODY KUEHNER is part contemporary dance artist and part bio drag queen named Cherdonna Shinatra.  Jody is in her seventh year dancing for the Pat Graney Company.  She has also been Pat’s dance intern for the company’s prison project “Keeping the Faith.  Jody also currently dances with Mark Haim and has acted as his Administrative Assistant and Rehearsal Director for various projects. She has worked as Dayna Hanson’s Production Coordinator and or Assistant Director for various projects as well as Assistant to the Director for Hanson’s feature length film “Improvement Club”.  Jody currently teaches technique at Velocity Dance Center and is Velocity’s Artist in Residence for 2014 as well as a Velocity Made in Seattle artist. She has been supported by the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture and was recognized by Seattle Magazine as a 2010 Spotlight Award Winner for her work with Lou Henry Hoover.

Intermediate Modern Technique with Shannon Stewart
Shannon Stewart’s modern technique classes combines the fundamentals of classical modern techniques with contemporary physical practices that help the intermediate level dancer make new connections in their bodies and find a fuller range of movement.   She uses repetition of material so that students can fully grasp patterns while layering on challenges of how to use space, time, focus, and different qualities of movement. Shannon incorporates aspects strengthening, stretching and building stamina; teaches the mechanics of going in and out of the floor; and focuses on fun, rigor, and community.

SHANNON STEWART  has trained across movement modalities ranging from ballet to breakdancing to somatics throughout her professional career.  She is drawn to techniques that create narrative and specificity in the body and tools that use imagination and sensation to allow dancers of all levels to full embody their movement.  In 2013, Shannon began touring her own work nationally and worked under the mentorship of Deborah Hay and Crystal Pite.  She makes dance films with Adam Sekuler and has performed nationally and internationally, most notably with tEEth, Dayna Hanson, zoe | juniper, and Sebastian Mattius.

Intermediate Ballet with Natascha Greenwalt Murphy
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 effective moment patterning, and building a supple and articulated body.  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 MURPHY 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, and performing for DASSdance and Spectrum Dance Theater before ultimately embarking on the adventure of creating Coriolis Dance Collective with Christin Call. She’s had the honor to perform work by notable choreographers such as Zoe Scofield, Donald Byrd and Rainbow Fletcher among many others.  Her own choreography has been presented by Coriolis, Ballet Bellevue, Whitman College, Western Washington University (and others) in venues such as Chop Shop: Bodies of Work, Spotlight on Seattle, numerous Coriolis Productions and Open Flight (Flight Deck Residency).  For more info please visit www.coriolisdance.com.

ADULT BEGINNING session

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ROSA VISSERS (NL/US) is an international dance artist, teacher and activist. For the past 10 years she has performed in Europe and the US with over 20 companies/artists and shown her own work in the Netherlands, Hungary, Utah, Idaho, Chicago, NYC, Portland and Seattle. In collaboration with HATLO she creates performances under the name PE|Mo, which has presented work at Open Flight, Velocity’s BIG BANG! and NEXT NW, On the Boards’ NW New Works Festival and 12 Minutes Max, the Seattle International Dance Festival, and Lo Fi Arts Festival. Rosa is also the Executive Director of Yoga Behind Bars.

BRYON CARR holds an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts. He recently moved back to Seattle after living in New York City for 17 years. He has trained, taught and performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. In NYC he worked with  various companies including,The Graham Ensemble, Chen and Dancers, and The Erick Hawkins Dance Company. In 2002 he began showing throughout NYC and has been presented by; Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, The Wave Rising Series, Triskelion Arts Center and Chashama Arts. Outside of New York, he has shown in Seattle, Boston, and Berlin.

>> BEGINNING CLASSES

Beginning Modern with Rosa Vissers (Afternoon Session)
As a self-proclaimed dance “mutt” Rosa’s classes reflect her eclectic background and international dance education. She draws on two decades of professional training in ballet, modern + contemporary dance techniques, and improvisation, as well as her studies in yoga and meditation. In this class, technique is used to access an articulate yet spontaneous sense of movement. Rosa creates a supportive atmosphere where people feel safe to take risks and wonder what really is possible. Expect a dynamic and energetic class where you are encouraged to dance with your full self.

ROSA VISSERS (NL/US) is an international dance artist, teacher and activist. For the past 10 years she has performed in Europe and the US with over 20 companies/artists and shown her own work in the Netherlands, Hungary, Utah, Idaho, Chicago, NYC, Portland and Seattle. In collaboration with HATLO she creates performances under the name PE|Mo, which has presented work at Open Flight, Velocity’s BIG BANG! and NEXT NW, On the Boards’ NW New Works Festival and 12 Minutes Max, the Seattle International Dance Festival, and Lo Fi Arts Festival. Rosa is also the Executive Director of Yoga Behind Bars.

Beginning Ballet with Rhonda Cinotto (Afternoon Session)
Rhonda’s beginning ballet class will focus on the fundamentals of ballet in an encouraging and positive environment. Students will be urged to take risks physically and artistically in order to discover the deep joy inherent in expressing one’s self through movement. There will be an emphasis on how the mechanics of the formwork in individual bodies, and a focus on alignment, core engagement and active flexibility throughout the class. Students will also work on connecting to music in terms of both tempo and artistry.

RHONDA CINOTTO currently teaches in the dance programs at the University of Washington and the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. Rhonda graduated with her M.F.A in dance in 2007 from the University of Washington. Immediately after graduating, she spent a year teaching modern and jazz in the dance department at Western Michigan University. Prior to entering the M.F.A program, she was a member of Spectrum Dance Theater, touring throughout the Pacific Northwest and Mexico, Germany, and the Netherlands performing works by Anne Reinking, Dwight Rhoden, Daniel Buraczeski, Daniel Ezralow, Frank Chaves, Lar Lubovitch, Margo Sappington , Donald Byrd and others.

Beginning Modern with Bryon Carr (Evening Session)
This class encourages having fun and taking risks through full-bodied movement and a supportive community of dancers. Dancers develop strength, stamina, stability, and fluidity through phrasework that includes balancing on one leg, moving into and out of the floor, and jumping. Students are encouraged to think about dynamics and their relationship to space and music. Merging basic ballet vernacular with certain free-flowing, movement vocabulary, this class demonstrates that space itself is a support mechanism that can be utilized to attain particular movement objectives.

BRYON CARR holds an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts. He recently moved back to Seattle after living in New York City for 17 years. He has trained, taught and performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. In NYC he worked with  various companies including,The Graham Ensemble, Chen and Dancers, and The Erick Hawkins Dance Company. In 2002 he began showing throughout NYC and has been presented by; Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, The Wave Rising Series, Triskelion Arts Center and Chashama Arts. Outside of New York, he has shown in Seattle, Boston, and Berlin.

Beginning Ballet with Brenna Monroe-Cook (Evening Session)
In this class we will work toward deepening our understanding of classical ballet technique and its aesthetic within an anatomical framework and healthy biomechanical function.  We will explore how our knowledge of ballet can support our work in other dance forms and how our technique can be used as a powerful tool for individual artistic expression. Through heightening our awareness of musicality and rhythm, breath and space, subtlety and expansiveness, we will enhance our own experience of movement as well as its communicative capacity.

BRENNA MONROE-COOK is originally from Oak Park, Illinois. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkavy.  From 2002-2007 Ms. Monroe-Cook was a dancer with the Limón Dance Company. In 2011 she earned her MFA from the University of Washington.  She rejoined the Limón Dance Company in 2013 and now divides her time between New York and Seattle.  She continues to teach Limón technique and ballet, and stages Limón repertoire for companies and schools internationally. Locally Ms. Monroe-Cook teaches at Cornish, Dance Fremont, PNB School, and UW. She is a certified Pilates instructor and a licensed GYROTONIC®  and GYROKINESIS® instructor.

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