MASTER CLASS w/ Laurel Snyder

Next month gets started right with another MASTER CLASS; this time with the stunning Laurel Snyder! Laurel is one of those beautiful dancers in New York that I’m fairly certain I saw everywhere. Always in class, working with a long list of incredibly talented people, at this or that audition or show. Each time I was struck by how articulate and provocative her dancing was. Last summer while at Bates, I was once again reminded of her dancing when she stopped by to perform with Kendra Portier (a piece that still sits with me in some ways). Besides gorgeous dancing, Laurel is also a warm and generous spirit, and is originally from the DC area! I am so excited to have Dance Exchange host her for this one class, and I hope you’ll join us on Sunday, May 4. To pay for and reserve your spot, email me at matthewc@danceexchange.org. Class is $15 (class cards can not be accepted), and is from 1 to 3 pm. 18+

Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder, originally from Northern Virginia, is Dance Artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She received the majority of her physical training at NYU Tisch Dance and various dance festivals throughout the USA and Europe. Professionally, Laurel has been privileged to collaborate/perform with artists such as Kendra Portier/BANDportier, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Paul Singh, Jacob Slominski, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Risa Jaroslow, Faye Driscoll and David Dorfman. Her choreography has been presented by spaces such as the Tank, H.T. Chen’s Newsteps series, Triskelion Arts, White Wave, Greenspace, Center for Performance Research (CPR) and Chez Bushwick. When Laurel isn’t performing, creating or teaching, she spends her days playing music and exploring her new found love for songwriting.

Class Description: “Who is this Body?” is a movement experience that is open to movers of all ages and experience levels. This class strives to create an inspiring, supportive environment in which students feel comfortable and free to take risks within and outside of their bodies. We will take a playful, hands-on approach to understanding our structures, heightening our awareness of ourselves and how we navigate through space. I encourage movers to discover or redefine their movement potential and identity through exercises that emphasize correct alignment, softness into the floor, articulation, energetic efficiency and ease. We will work with touch, breath, voice and imagination to inspire curiosity and creativity that will hopefully stay with us as we leave the studio and re-enter the world around us.

About Matthew Cumbie

Matthew Cumbie (Resident Artist/Education Coordinator) is a dance artist and collaborator who currently lives in Washington, DC.