It’s almost February! The shortest month of the year, it can sometimes feel hard to move through as we deepen into the last bit of winter before turning towards spring. I personally love February. My brothers and I are all born in February, so it’s always been a month full of celebration and renewals. It’s also a month full of chocolate, which I really love.
This month, I am also in love with our Friday CLASS line-up! While it may be cold out, we are going to stay nice and warm with these artists. Kicking us off is Robin Neveu Brown, a first time facilitator in our series but a familiar face to our studios. Following her is Isis Avalos, a friend of mine from my Texas days and currently an artist with CONTRA-TIEMPO, who will be performing at Dance Place! And helping us through the rest of the month is Keira Hart-Mendoza, who does it all in the DC-area and often leads classes at DX. I cannot tell you how excited I am about all of these classes, and hope you’ll join me in the studio as they share their research and practices. Also joining us will be Mark H. Rooney AND David Schulman!
Classes are Fridays, 9:30 to 11:15am. $12 (or $10 with a class card). 18+
Friday CLASS w/ Robin Neveu Brown + live music w/ Mark H. Rooney: February 5
Robin Neveu Brown holds an MFA in dance from University of Maryland (2015) and a BFA in dance from University of Florida (2007). She is a Washington DC dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer, movement analyst, and lover of all things movement related. She has performed, taught, and choreographed in New York, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Colorado, and Utah, as well as internationally in Russia and Albania. Her performance career includes works by David Dorfman, Susan Marshall, Paul Taylor, Neta Pulvermacher, Deganit Shemy, Erick Hawkins, Tzveta Kassabova, and Stephanie Miracle. Robin currently dances with PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, and Orange Grove Dance, and also creates her own dance theatre work with her husband, local theatre artist, Kevin Alan Brown. She teaches dance, Laban Movement Analysis, Pilates, and Bartenieff-based somatics in the Washington DC area.
Friday CLASS w/ Isis Avalos + live music w/ David Schulman: February 12
Isis Avalos was born in Mexico and raised in South Texas. Isis started dancing at the age of 6, with over 13 years of teaching experience, she has traveled through out the U.S. to choreograph for music videos and has been invited to teach hip hop and modern dance technique workshops in Mexico. Growing up, Isis classically trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Flamenco, taking various dance intensives through out her home state of Texas. Her movement can be best described as dynamic and fusion based with influences of Hip Hop, Mexican Regional (folk dance), Jazz, House, Modern and more recently, Salsa/Afro-Cuban dance. Isis was a company member of award-winning choreographer, Jose Zamora’s, CholoRock Dance theatre where she performed various Mexican Folklorico/Modern infused movement that led her to rediscover he identity as a Mexican-American Dancer. Her choreography credits include: George W. Bush Keynote Speech Hilton Anatole (2010); MTV latin America, Volumen X “Te Amo” music video (2011). Her performance credits include: Maná, “La Prisíon” music video (2015); Nick Cave’s “Heard” (2012); Cast of Anna Sokolow’s “Rooms” adaptation (2011). In 2013, Isis was the Winner of the National Latino ad campaign for Schick “XTREME 3” Razor contest. Isis joined, Los Angeles based, CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theatre as a U.S. dance ambassador on the 2014 DanceMotionUSA Tour to South America. She holds a BFA in Dance from The University of North Texas.
Friday CLASS w/ Keira Hart-Mendoza: February 19* & 26
* plus live music w/ Mark H. Rooney
Keira Hart-Mendoza received her MFA from Arizona State University and BA’s in Dance and Media Arts & Design from James Madison University. In 2007 Keira established UpRooted Dance, a project based dance theater company and has presented her work at many locations in DC-MD-VA, including The John F. Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Dance Place, Dance Exchange, Montgomery College, The Harman Center, and many more. In 2015 Keira was awarded a “Wheaton MD Cultural Initiative” and will be presenting a series of dance for the camera pieces in MD and DC inside a small traveling installation throughout much of 2016.
Keira has taught at the University of Virginia and Coppin State University and has been a guest artist at James Madison University and Arizona State University. She currently teaches dance for professional artists in the DC Metro area at the Dance Exchange in Takoma and at Toolbox Pilates & Art Studio in Dupont Circle. Through her private Pathways Pilates practice, she teaches Pilates group classes and private sessions around the DC region. This pairing of dance and Pilates has allowed Keira to deepen her connection and understanding of the human body as a tool for expression and articulation.