Developing the technical, improvisational and choreographic skills of the dancer, we offer classes in contemporary technique, improvisation and composition.
Rooted in classical ballet vocabulary with a strong emphasis on torso articulation and expression, this class encourages alignment, form, coordination, musicality, strength, rhythm and kinetic intelligence. This work also acts as an essential warm-up and grounding in precision. Contemporary Technique is taught by Janet Johnson with live percussion by Adam Bowman.
Improvisation and Composition
All contemporary technique classes are immediately followed by an improvisation or composition class that develops the whole dancer, training them to express themselves and fully embody technique, cultivating a more well-rounded and expressive dancer. The Fall term is experimental and process-oriented, and will encourage students to take physical and creative risks through improvisation. In the winter term, students will have the opportunity to create dance pieces and be dancers in pieces that will be created with them. This class is taught by Catrina von Radecki.
Dancers are placed in levels based on age. In some cases a dancer may be placed in a class lower or higher depending on level of experience. For classes for the 4-8 year old, please visit Creative Dance.
All Company and Apprentice company dancers are required to take this class.
Contemporary (7-8) Thursdays: 6:15-7:30pm
For those born 2009-2010
Contemporary (9-10) Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30pm
For those born 2007-2008
Contemporary (11-12) Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm
For those born 2005-2006
Contemporary (13-14) Tuesdays, 4:45-6:30pm (Full)
For those born 2003-2004
Contemporary (15 and up) Tuesdays, 6:30-8:15pm (Full)
For those born 2002 and earlier
Contemporary Technique and Composition (13 and up) Mondays, 4:00-5:30pm
New to contemporary dance? This is a beginner level class for those born 2004 and earlier. A great way to catch up!