We’re excited to announce a special guest teacher for FRIDAY CLASS on October 5th: Amy Morrow! Amy will be teaching Gaga, a movement technique developed by Ohad Naharin, the director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. To learn more about Gaga, you can check out this video here or read articles about the form here.

Class is $12 and runs from 9:30-11:15am.

Class description: Gaga/dancers classes are open to professional dancers or advanced dance students ages 16+. These classes last for an hour and fifteen minutes and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin in Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga/dancers classes are built on the same principles as Gaga/people classes but also employ the specific vocabulary and skills that are part and parcel of a dancer’s knowledge. The layering of familiar movements with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, teachers prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving as well. Gaga/dancers deepens dancers’ awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate their energy and engage their explosive power, and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures.

Amy Morrow

A native of Fort Worth, TX, Amy Morrow graduated from the inaugural Gaga Teacher Training Program directed by Ohad Naharin of Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel. Her first Gaga experience was with over 200 international artists in a 111 year old gymnasium at the American Dance Festival in the summer heat of Durham, NC. Amy currently teaches Gaga, Ballet, and Indian dance forms across the States, India, and Israel. She graduated B.F.A. Dance Honors from Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi. Representing the Visual Arts and International Relations departments, she performed at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Thalia Mara Hall, Ferst Center for the Arts, and E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall among others. In collaboration with Jesse Zaritt, Amy presented her senior thesis, Contextualizing Art Cross-Culturally, to diverse audiences in unconventional venues. She performed as a guest artist for the International Ballet Competition, studied Nikolais/Louis technique with Ririe-Woodbury DanceCompany, and directed educational outreaches/benefit performances across Texas. Amy worked for the American Dance Festival’s 2009 and 2011 seasons, serving international choreographers, musicians, critics, production artists, and teachers. In addition to teaching, performing, and arts administration, Amy is a social media specialists for The B&B Media Group, Inc. and assists with Ethnographic Media film screenings. In all of her experiences, she finds that sharing personal stories through the Arts explores commonalities amidst conflicts.

About Sarah Levitt

Sarah Levitt (Resident Artist/Communications Coordinator) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Maryland.