Hard to believe that its been six months since we started our weekly class series for professionals. We’ve had a great lineup of teachers this year, and its been a joy to see so many new and familiar faces in our studio each week. To close out our series for 2011, Angella Foster, Artistic Director of alight dance theatre, will teach three classes in December: December 2, 9, and 16 from 9-10:30am. I hope to see you in class this December, and stay tuned for the announcement of our spring FRIDAY CLASS series teachers later this month.
Angella Foster is the founding artistic director and resident choreographer of alight dance theater. She trained at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio and earned her MFA in Dance Choreography at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her choreography has been performed in New York City, Washington D.C., Houston, Atlanta, and Moscow, Russia. Her most recent work, Speechless, was funded by the Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project, the Prince George’s Arts Council and Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Angella has performed the works of Steve Rooks, Clay Taliaferro, Ed Tyler, Joe Poulson, Nejla Yatkin and Colleen Thomas. She danced with Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, Texas. She has served as adjunct faculty at Towson University and University of Maryland-College Park and is currently the Director of Studio Dance at Greenbelt Community Center. She is currently working on new piece entitled Truth Be Told which will premiere at Dance Place on January 21 & 22, 2012.
Class description: Angella loves to make large, expansive phrases with a sharp sense of spatial awareness and clearly articulated shape. Her class starts with floorwork based in yoga, pilates and Bartenieff fundamentals which aims to strengthen and stabilize the core while enlivening the limbs for full-bodied movement. As the class progresses, Angella guides dancers through personal movement explorations as well as structured phrase work which emphasize finding clarity of focus and shape through kinetic investigation. In short, Angella thinks technique class should be challenging, joyful and sweaty, so that’s what she tries to deliver when she teaches.