FRIDAY CLASS with Sarah Levitt

Sarah Levitt in "How To Lose a Mountain". Photo by Zachary Handler.

I’m looking forward to teaching two classes in April’s FRIDAY CLASS series: April 5 and 12. In this two-class series, we’ll continue to play with weight and rhythm, and how a subtle shift in quality allows us to dance along a spectrum from pedestrian to fancy. Hope you can join us! Class is from 9:30-11:15am and costs $12, or $10 with a class card.

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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 received her early dance training from Gene Kelly via VHS, Barton & Williams School of Dance, and Ilona Kessell. She earned her BA in Dance at the University of Maryland on a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship, and received the Dorothy Madden Emerging Artist Award upon graduation. Sarah has danced professionally in work by Robert Battle, Liz Lerman, Gesel Mason, Cassie Meador, PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, and Keith Thompson. Since 2007, she has enjoyed performing, teaching, and creating dances with Dance Exchange. Highlights include residencies at Kohler Arts Center, Harvard University and Syracuse University, and premiering and touring Liz Lerman’s The Matter of Origins. She received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council in Choreography (2009) and Solo Performance (2010). In 2011, she and Benjamin Wegman received the Kennedy Center’s  Local Dance Commissioning Project award for Hammock, which premiered in September 2011. She and Ben share a 2012 Emerging Choreographer Metro DC Dance Award.

About Sarah Levitt

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