I could not be more excited to have Raja Kelly in town to teach FRIDAY CLASS on April 27th from 9:30-11:15am. I had the chance to see him perform in David Dorfman’s Prophets of Funk at American Dance Institute last fall, and it was an absolute joy to watch him dance. (See for yourself here.) Class is $12–see you on the 27th!
Class description: Currently exploring the desire for new sensations from our skin, blood, breath, and bones. The technique is to challenge our imagination. Classes are preparations for performance and an ongoing investigation into dance as a living practice. We will think and move rigorously. This class uses the principles of improvisation and set exercises to warm and stretch the body and the mind to uncover a hypersensitive being.
This class gives you the opportunity to push yourself from one extreme to another, finding outside connections with people, fear and desire. Focus is placed on momentum, agility, power, length and the magic of the 100-breath plié. We will dance until you cannot.
Raja Feather Kelly, 2009 DancerWEB Scholar, performer and image-maker. Currently, Kelly lives between NY, NY and Seattle, WA as a company member with David Dorfman Dance, zoe | juniper (SEA), RaceDance, and Christopher Williams Dance. He has performed with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.motion in the premiere of THE RADIO SHOW, which received a New York Dance & Performance Award, and he currently performs with Reggie Wilson/ Fist and Heel Performance Group. Kelly has been a guest artist at New York University, The University of Virginia, Pittsburgh University, Dance New Amsterdam, Coker College, Memphis U, and most recently at Dance House in Melbourne, Australia, teaching his own choreography and setting the repertory of David Dorfman Dance. Kelly is a co-producer of a summer dance series in Bushwick, Brooklyn: RoofTop Dance and is company manager for Race Dance and zoe | juniper. With his love for Andy Warhol and Anne Sexton, Kelly creates performance art with thefeath3rtheory. Kelly holds a BA with Magna Cum Laude Honors in Dance and English from Connecticut College.