It was a joy for me to see the variety of people we’ve had in class in our first three weeks of TAKOMA PARK MOVES: some are professional dancers and some are new to dance class entirely. We’ve really treated the class as a container for each individual’s physical research on how his or her body moves when given physical and verbal information. It was a treat to observe their explorations in improvisational and set material, as well as in choreographic assignments: What comes naturally to the professional dancers in the room who have had years of training? What comes naturally to the woman who has never taken dance class before? What challenges everyone? What is fun or stimulating for everyone? I’ve really enjoyed seeing these questions in action over the last few weeks, and I’ve learned quite a bit about what works in facilitating a dance class that is truly open to the exploration of every kind of mover.
Wayles Haynes, Dance Exchange’s Youth Programs Coordinator, starts up her TPM series this week. I’m really looking forward to her classes and all she brings as a mover and maker herself to a class like this. Her class description, bio and an amazing picture of her dancing with a train are below.
Wayles teaches class on September 27, October 4 (free sampler class from 6:30-7pm), 11, 18, 25. Class is $10 each and runs from 6:30-8pm, except for on the free sampler class days.
Class description: Explore performance through the interplay of function and expression in our movement. Inspired by the Laban Movement Analysis Framework, dancers will consider the hows and whys of when we move. What are we communicating with our performance/person? We will ask questions about the meaning of our actions and develop tools to clarify and shift intention into action. Elements of class include improvisation, bodywork, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Effort-Shape and collaborative composition.
Wayles Haynes holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Hawaii and is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst. A dance educator since 1999, most notably at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Queen Margaret University-Edinburgh, she now teaches at George Mason University. Wayles is the Youth Programs Coordinator at Dance Exchange, Choreographer in Residence with alight dance theater and is enjoying her fourth year dancing with Jane Franklin Dance.