FRIDAY CLASS this week

DX Resident Artist Sarah Levitt

Who is teaching FRIDAY CLASS this week? That would be me! Because our next class series is a “DX SAMPLER”, my class will be a teaser for the four-week series I’ll be teaching in August and September.

I’ll kick off things with a class from 9-10:30am this week, followed by dancer/choreographer extraordinaire Keith Thompson on Friday, July 29, and newly-minted Artistic Director Cassie Meador on Friday, August 5. Check the blog during the week leading up to each of their classes for a bio and class description.

A little bit about me:  Sarah Levitt is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in the DC area. She received her BA in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she held a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship in Dance and was awarded the Dorothy Madden Emerging Artist Award upon graduation. Sarah has danced in the work of Robert Battle, Liz Lerman, Gesel Mason, Cassie Meador, Tzveta Kassabova, PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, and Keith Thompson. Sarah began working with the Dance Exchange in 2007, and became a full-time company member in 2010. She has performed and taught with the company at theatres, universities, senior centers and in community settings across the US and abroad. She and Benjamin Wegman are 2011 recipients of the Kennedy Center’s Local Dance Commissioning Project for their new work, Hammock, which will premiere September 8-9, 2011 on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Class description: This class examines the functional form of the body, and how we work with our body to expand our capacity for physical expression. And why we do this at all. Sometimes it seems like being still might be best. But we’ll look for internal motivators that translate into physical action and explore how this translation from impulse to movement happens in our bodies. Class will emphasize finding stability through the core and support from the floor in order to investigate the spectrum of balance, momentum, directional changes, energy states, and clarity of intent. Through the use of improvisational structures to warm up the body, mind, and spirit, we’ll develop a new freedom to dig into dancing and find ease, efficiency, and power as we travel through space together.

See you in class!

About Sarah Levitt

Sarah Levitt (Resident Artist/Communications Coordinator) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Maryland.