This Friday, I will teach the first of a three-class series in FRIDAY CLASS: Friday, June 22, 29 and July 6. Although I am looking forward to all three of these classes, I am unabashedly giddy about this Friday’s class, which features not one, but two (!!) musicians.
David Schulman, a DC-based musician, plays violin and uses a device to create percussive loops against which he plays. He began playing in our FRIDAY CLASS series this spring, and we’re so lucky to have such a generous musician in our midst. This Friday, he’ll be joined by Zeke Leonard, a collaborator on Cassie’s newest work, How to Lose a Mountain. Zeke has been with us all week playing music and working on the “un-making” of a piano as a way to explore how we make and un-make our environment, art, and ourselves. We met Zeke, an assistant professor in the College of Design at Syracuse University, during a two-and-a-half week residency there in February, and I’m certainly glad we did–he has contributed to the process of making a new work in ways that are equal parts weird and wonderful.
Join us on Friday to see what happens when we mix dance, violins, and homemade banjos. Class is from 9:30-11:15am and costs $12.
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.
Sarah Levitt is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Maryland. She received her early dance training from Gene Kelly via VHS, Barton & Williams School of Dance, and Ilona Kessell. These formative experiences helped her to earn a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship in Dance from the University of Maryland, where she received a BA in Dance, and was honored with a Dorothy Madden Emerging Artist Award upon graduation. Since then, Sarah has danced professionally in the work of Robert Battle, Liz Lerman, Gesel Mason, Cassie Meador, PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, and Keith Thompson. She began working with the Dance Exchange in 2007, and became a full-time artist in 2010. She has enjoyed performing, teaching, and creating dances with Dance Exchange artists in universities, hospitals, senior centers, on stages, and outdoors in the US and abroad. Highlights include teaching residencies at the Kohler Arts Center, Harvard University and St. Elizabeths Hospital, and premiering and touring Liz Lerman’s The Matter of Origins. In 2009 and 2010, she received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council in Solo Performance and Choreography, and in 2011, with collaborator Benjamin Wegman, received a Local Dance Commissioning Project award from the Kennedy Center for Hammock, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in September 2011. With Ben she shares a 2012 Metro DC Dance Award for “Emerging Choreographer” for “Hammock”.