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Contemporary with Steven

This workshop is based on contemporary movements and technique. Students will start with a group warmup, move across the floor, play with structured improvisation and end with a fun combination. Open to students of all levels; no experience in contemporary dance required.

Summer 2018

Saturday, August 4
2-4 pm

Instructors: Steven James
Fees: $$18 in advance; $22 day of

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Neck and Shoulders for Dancers (And Everyone Else)

Feel like you've got golf balls embedded in your shoulders? Suffer from tension headaches? Dealing with "text neck"? If so, this workshop is for you! Join Laura Grant, dancer and experienced yoga and movement instructor specializing in pain and injury, for an all-levels class designed to get your upper body moving with more ease, support, and integration. We'll breathe, stretch, strengthen, relax, and practice presence and self-compassion. Students will walk away with concrete tools to support them at home and in the dance studio. Laura has spent over a decade studying various therapeutic movement modalities, including Yoga, Pilates, Alexander technique, and Body-Mind-Centering, and she brings elements of all of these to her work with students. Open to all levels - no experience necessary.

Summer 2018

Saturday, August 11
2-4 pm

Instructors: Laura Grant
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Hawaiian Hula

Honor the ancient beauty and wisdom of traditional Hula dance and music. In this workshop, you will be guided through basic Hula technique, beginner footwork, the intricacies of Hula's characteristic hip movements, and fundamental arm movements. Prepare for a workout, dress comfortably (a long, flowing skirt if you have one), and go barefoot.

Summer 2018

Saturday, August 18
2-4 pm

Instructors: Diandra Jones
Fees: $$18 in advance; $22 day of

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Contemporary with Emy

The class focuses on the dancer's relationship with the floor (the floor as partner), practices spiraling and serpentine movements in order to move with more fluidity, and involves breathing dynamic and the release of energy throughout the body as a motor of movement. Movement sequences build up during the entire class in order to explore personal anatomical alignment and awareness, integrate improvisation with natural movement, work with your honest weight, and explore range of motion.

Summer 2018

Saturday, August 25
2-4 pm

Instructors: Emy Landestoy
Fees: $$18 in advance; $22 day of

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Brazilian Samba

Learn the intricate footwork, sensuous hip movement, and elegant port de bras of Brazilian Samba. This workshop will include a warmup and stretching, Samba basics, movements and combinations across-the-floor and a short choreography. Dress comfortably, bring water, wear jazz shoes or go barefoot, and prepare for a workout.

Fall 2018

Saturday, September 8
2-4 pm

Instructors: Diandra Jones
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Jazz Heels

Discover the secrets of feeling more confident, powerful, and sassy in your heels! This workshop will focus on helping you understand how to find your center in a heel, along with classic lines, walks and choreography based in Jazz technique. Class begins with a thorough warm-up to improve proper alignment, balance, and core strength, before learning moves and grooves across the floor. We will dance barefoot first, and then add the shoes after we are warmed-up. No prior dance background needed. Please bring comfortable heels, block-heels preferably, make sure your shoes have good support. No Sandals.

Fall 2018

Sunday, September 9
2-4 pm

Instructors: Emy Landestoy
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Ballet Remix

Warning: this is not your typical ballet class! While Ballet Remix will be based in the principles of a traditional ballet class, this 21st century class celebrates expression, musicality, rhythm, and accent in ballet by using non-traditional ballet music. If you ever wanted to dance ballet to hip hop, r&b, or popular music and today’s hits, this is your chance!

Fall 2018

Saturday, September 15
2-4 pm

Instructors: Raina Lucas
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Irish Step Dance

Experience the beauty and precision of Irish step dancing in this spirited, lively workshop for beginners. Learn basic soft-shoe steps like the promenade, jig and seven's, and hardshoe steps like the treble jig and hornpipe. Dress comfortably and bring hard-soled shoes for the hardshoe dancing, and jazz shoes, ballet slippers or go barefoot for the soft-shoe dancing.Come prepared for a fun and energizing workout!

Fall 2018

Saturday, September 22
2-4 pm

Instructors: Diandra Jones
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Afro/Jazz Contemporary

This class fuses jazz and contemporary dance with African-based movement to create a form all its own. Similar to some street jazz styles, it is characterized by fast footwork and big movements. Heart-thumping Afro-Jazz, House, and Funk music gives the class a party atmosphere. Open to beginners and experienced dancers alike; expect to sweat!

Fall 2018

Saturday, October 6
2-4 pm

Instructors: Clayton Barrier
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Bollywood Dance

Come discover the beautiful and colorful world of Bollywood dance! In this workshop you will be learning an easy-to-follow dance routine to a toetapping Bollywood song while getting a full body workout! Each step will be broken down and the techniques and expressions behind it explained. This workshop has something for everyone, whether you are an experienced dancer or have never busted a move in your life!

Fall 2018

Saturday, October 13
2-4 pm

Instructors: Nischi Shetty
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Thriller!

"Darkness falls across the land...The midnight hour is close at hand..And whosoever shall be found, without the soul for getting down..." This All Hallow's Eve, we will take on Michael Peters's iconic choreography in Michael Jackson's legendary "Thriller" video! Come dressed as your best grisly ghoul, zany zombie, or whatever you like!

Fall 2018

Saturday, October 27
2-4 pm

Instructors: Erika Vinson

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Contemporary Repertory

This workshop will give you a glimpse into the workings of a professional contemporary dance company! You'll get a chance to be involved in the dance-making process and will learn and rehearse a piece of original contemporary dance choreography. This fun experience is open to all levels; just come with an open mind!

Fall 2018

Saturday, November 3
2-4 pm

Instructors: Raina Lucas
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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ShaLeigh Dance Works Repertory

Join the company experience in this workshop while learning excerpts of SDW’s repertory. This workshop will share methods employed by the company while creating their newest dance-theatre work entitled Bamboo Wind scheduled to premiere at The Fruit this January. Artistic Director, ShaLeigh Comerford will offer a sampling of how the company blends ballet, release technique, physical-theatre, contemporary partnering and Shaga to compose and execute dynamic movement phrases in enjoyable and fun new ways. Participants will also enjoy discovering their own solo movement through the use of improvisational scores designed for the original creation process. Open to all skill levels; a dance or theatre background is not required.

Fall 2018

Saturday, December 1
2-4 pm

Instructors: ShaLeigh Fairbanks

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WORKSHOPS

Afro/Jazz
Ballet Remix
Bollywood Dance
Brazilian Samba
Contemporary Repertory
Contemporary with Emy
Contemporary with Steven
Hawaiian Hula
Irish Step Dance
Jazz Heels
Neck and Shoulders
ShaLeigh Dance Works
Thriller