FRIDAY CLASS sampler series in May

In May, join us for an exciting month of FRIDAY CLASS featuring a different teacher each week!

May 3: Shula Strassfeld

May 10: Matthew Cumbie

May 17: Cassie Meador

May 24: Keira Hart-Mendoza

May 31: Sarah Levitt

Class is $12, or $10 with a class card, and runs from 9:30-11:15am each Friday. Class descriptions are below–click the teacher’s name to read his or her bio. See you in May!

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May 3: Shula Strassfeld

Shula Strassfeld. Photo by Zachary Handler.

Shula Strassfeld. Photo by Zachary Handler.

Class description: In my technique class I like to focus on what may feel like two ends of the spectrum- understanding how best to use one’s body in movement and what one shares with others in the space, both other dancers and an audience. Let’s call it physical technique and performance technique. I think both are trainable skills and both need practice. My technique class will probably seem a bit more traditional to many (I did live for a long time in the worlds of ballet and traditional modern dance). I enjoy including information from my many teachers, Susan Klein, Irene Dowd, Susan Rose, Joy Kellman, Betty Jones, Risa Steinberg, Lucas Hoving, David Howard, Kevin Pugh to name a few. In recent years I have discovered the fascination of teaching what, in some instances, I can no longer execute myself. I find that the adaptations I make in explaining the material encourage others to make adaptations as well, all of which leads to a really rich exploration for everyone.

May 10: Matthew Cumbie

Matthew Cumbie. Photo by Jori Ketten.

Class description: What does it feel like to receive a hug? A handshake? What does your heart beat feel like? Your ankle joint? And how do these sensations affect or inform us? Using these questions, and similar ones, as guiding posts this class will examine how, when, where, and why we use touch to inform our physical practice and how this can foster a sense of  easeful movement. Dancing between solo bodies and ensemble bodies using improvised modalities and set material, we will cultivate different kinds of touch and tone that root us in the ground and sky so that we can find our own capacity for uninhibited choice-making.

May 17: Cassie Meador

Cassie Meador. Photo by Brianne Bland.

Class description: This class offers a space for dancers to explore both an individual and ensemble -oriented approach to movement.  We will examine ways to harness our experiences in and out of the dance studio to push our physical and expressive range.  We will look for ways to call on our training and histories, as well as ways to release them fearlessly to expand our potential as movers. The class is structured to investigate space and sensation through improvisation and set material.  We will warm up and tune our bodies to be ready to move with our full range and power. We will challenge our minds and bodies as we nurture the joy we have for moving. Material is taught by breaking down in detail initiations, the pelvic relationship to the ground, and moments of re-directing spatially. We will work collaboratively in class to offer direct feedback for one another.  The class will be shaped in response to the strengths and curiosities of the group as we challenge and cultivate our approaches to moving.

May 24: Keira Hart-Mendoza

Keira Hart-Mendoza

Class description: Keira Hart-Mendoza teaches an intermediate professional level contemporary dance class that allows dancers to use structured improvisational exercises and make personal choices along side of learning set phrase work.  Come explore spirals and interconnected movement through the whole body.  Strengthen and condition, float, roll, locomote, spin, and more!

May 31: Sarah Levitt

Sarah Levitt. Photo by Zachary Handler.

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.

About Sarah Levitt

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