This week at FRIDAY CLASS, a special treat! Nicole Martinell will visit from Baltimore to teach one class in our series. I’ve been wanting to have Nicole teach here at Dance Exchange since seeing her work around DC and Baltimore over the past few years, which features humor, idiosyncratic gestures, and lush phrases. She’ll teach on Friday, March 30th from 9:30-11am.
Nicole A. Martinell has a MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University (TWU), a BS in Kinesiology with a minor in Dance from Pennsylvania State University, and an elementary certificate in Labanotation. Her research on ballet pedagogy was published in the Journal of Dance Education (2009). Martinell trained at such places as Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Allegheny Ballet Company. She danced for DanceRINK, ClancyWorks Dance Company, and The Moving Company. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Baltimore-based company, Deep Vision Dance Company. Her work has been performed by The Moving Company, TWU, Towson University, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, Denton Dance Conservatory, PSU, and Kennedy Dance Center and featured at such places as Green Space, NY, Montgomery College Theatre, MD, Creative Alliance, MD, Triskelion Theater, NY, Dan’s Silverleaf, TX, and the American College Dance Festival Gala Concert, VA. Martinell is on faculty at Towson University and looks toward becoming a Certified Movement Analyst in September 2012.
Class description: Martinell’s high energy master classes emphasize building self-awareness, discovering movement concepts, taking risks, and testing the body’s capabilities. Gradually building in intensity, classes move from floor work, mentally and physically preparing the body, to complex center work, investigating spirals, momentum, initiations, and directional shifts. Anatomical knowledge and somatic principles are central to class. Get ready to move!