Martha Wittman will teach Dancers Over 50 class for the next three Mondays: October 17, 24, and 31 from 9-10:30am. Class is $12.
Martha is the dancer we all watch in rehearsal with awe-struck smiles on our faces: how does she move that way? Her dancing, a paradoxical combination of force, weight and ease, portrays a mysterious depth– there seems to be history embedded in each gesture. Her bio and class description are below. See you in class!
Martha Wittman has been teaching, dancing and choreographing for more than 50 years. As a young performer she danced with the Juilliard Dance Theatre under the direction of Doris Humphrey and in the companies of Ruth Currier, Joseph Gifford and Anna Sokolow. For many years she was an associate choreographer with the Dances We Dance Company directed by Betty Jones and Fritz Ludin. Her awards include three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Doris Humphrey Fellowship from the American Dance Festival, Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland Council on the Arts, and two awards from Dance/USA’s National College Choreography Initiative. She was a long-term member of the Bennington College dance faculty in Vermont, and has been a guest artist, teacher and choreographer in numerous colleges, universities and summer dance programs around the country. This summer, 2011, Martha completed 15 years as a company member with Dance Exchange. She will be continuing as an Associate Artist with the new Dance Exchange leaving more time for personal writing and family.
Class description: Martha’s current teaching of techniques includes approaches to the body she has studied in Skinner Releasing Technique and Tai Chi Chu’an. as well as Dance Exchange Tools. Exercises and improvisations focus on breath, ease of movement, finding efficient alignments and space within the body.