Graham Brown and Stephanie Miracle will be sharing our second FRIDAY CLASS series at the Dance Exchange. Graham will kick it off with a class on July 1, and then Stephanie will teach on July 8 and 15. Read on to learn more about Graham and Stephanie, both graduate students in the University of Maryland’s Dance Department.
Graham Brown (BFA, University of Utah; MFA candidate, University of Maryland, College Park) is a recently transplanted Washington DC based dance artist currently working with PearsonWidrig DanceTheatre and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. He has free-lanced with such choreographers as Tzveta Kassabova, Nicholas Leichter Dance, Willi Dorners’ Bodies In Urban Spaces project, Stephen Koester and others, and has performed and taught nationally and internationally at such events as The Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME, and the Open Look Festival in St Petersburg, Russia. Previous to moving to the east coast, Graham spent the last 10 years in Salt Lake City, UT where he was the founder and co-director of Movement Forum (MoFo), a dance improvisation performance company and was on faculty at Utah Valley University. An active choreographer, Graham’s work has been performed throughout the country including NYC, NC, AZ, UT, and DC. Current projects include choreographic commissions from the Dance Exchange and UMD’s Maryland Dance Ensemble, and continued work on “as far as I know” which premiered last spring at UMD. This summer he will be the teacher-in-residence at the Brigham Young University Adult Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive in Provo, UT.
Class description: This class will navigate between the choreographed and the improvised, the known and the unknown, the controlled and the out of control. Beginning with improvisation and moving toward set material, focus will be placed on the joy of the physical interplay of creative intelligent bodies moving together in space, as well as alignment, coordination, and centering (both upright and inverted) in an effort to prime the body and psyche for fast flying, dynamics. We will work toward finding ease and play within physically demanding, complex and risky multi-directional movement material. Emphasis will be placed on orienting the inverted and off-centered body throughout all levels of space and enhancing skills in safely moving in and out of the floor, flying in the air, and falling to the ground. Kneepads are recommended.
Stephanie Miracle recently relocated to DC from New York City where she had the privilege of dancing for Avodah Dance Ensemble, YelleB Dance, Elizabeth Dishman, BJ Sullivan, alexandance, Deganit Shemy, Shannon Gillen & Guests, Nicole Wolcott, Laura Peterson Choreography, David Dorfman, Joseph Poulson and Susan Marshall and Company. She has been working as an adjunct artist with the Dance Exchange since 2010. In the fall she will begin her MFA in Dance at the University of Maryland. She will premiere a new work at Dance Exchange on July 24 see www.danceexhange.org for details.
Class description: In this class we will focus on connecting to our bodies, the space, and the people in the room. We will push our selves towards our greatest potential of movement and expression. We will support and challenge each other, sweat a lot, find moments of failure and success, move with clear intention and delight, and then walk away from class thankful. I can’t wait!