Takoma Park Moves in January with Shula Strassfeld

Kicking off our 2013 Takoma Park Moves series: Resident Artist Shula Strassfeld! Shula is a warm and generous teacher who allows for students to pursue their own goals in the context of group and solo explorations based in principles of ballet, modern and bodywork, as well as Dance Exchange tools for generating movement. Her class will be a great way to start the new year! Class is on January 3, 10, 17 (Carolina Barna subs), 24. Class is free for the first preview class on January 3 (6:30-7pm) and costs $10 for all subsequent classes, which run from 6:30-8pm.

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Class description: The warm up will use elements of ballet and modern filtered through the body work concepts of Susan Klein and Irene Dowd. And if that feels intimidating- it shouldn’t. What I mean is that we will discover, using the wisdom of good anatomical knowledge, the most appropriate, efficient and safe ways for each of us to move.

From there we will move to exploring movement together using Dance Exchange Tools and variations that unfold as we work. As always each dancer is encouraged to participate as fully as possible while making whatever variations feel best. I hope the classes will be fun, interesting and have at least one “ahah” moment a week.

Shula Strassfeld

Shula Strassfeld began dancing “too late” and has been dancing ever since. After training in NY with members of the Jose Limon Company and Collete Barry and Susan Klein, Shula lived in the US, Israel and Canada. She has danced with choreographers Susan Rose, Joy Kellman, Flora Cushman, Mirali Sharon, Jan Van Dyke and Sandra Neels. Shula has an MA in Dance Education from Columbia University and has taught at Trinity College (Hartford CT), Rubin Academy of the Hebrew University, York University and at the professional schools of Canadian Ballet Theatre, Ballet Creole and the Kibbutz Dance Company. She joined Dance Exchange in 2007.

About Sarah Levitt

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