April 3, 2017 Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez

2- Hour In-Depth Classes, April 10-14

TU Dance Center is offering a series of In-Depth classes for dancers who would like to expand their knowledge or would like to try new techniques or forms of dance. These classes are for Intermediate/Advanced students.

Monday, April 10
Contemporary Floor Work with TU Dance company member Adam McGaw
Class Description: Using the floor as the essential component for full body connectivity and awareness, this technique class will work to build familiarity with the floor and how we can use it to its fullest potential. We will utilize a progression that takes the dancer from the floor to vertical, while exploring the movement possibilities between those two places. We will roll, slide, crawl, fall, expand, collapse, spiral, resist and much more. Participants are encouraged to wear long sleeve shirts, pants and socks due to the significant amount of time spent on the floor.

Tuesday, April 11
AFASAM: Contemporary Dance inspired by Africa, Asia and America with Michel Kouakou 
Class Description: The class is called “AFASAM”, a dance style inspired by the blends of techniques of formal dance
training from three continents combined with a contemporary notion. The name AFASAM was derived from the first two alphabetical letters of three continents, Africa, Asia and America. In this movement vocabulary, I based the in depth experience on how to unleash a contained moving body within its spiritual realm while being rhythmically present in space. The Blend of West African dances mostly known for their spiritual and percussive orientation with Butoh, deals with the inner part of the body alongside the western Modern dance technique that emphasizes the alignment of the body and space combining to create a free flow and dynamic movement that describes the spectrum of the AFASAM Technique.

Wednesday, April 12
Composition and Improvisation with Wynn Fricke 
Class description:  This class will use solo and group improvisation as a means to explore, in a relaxed way, the tools of the choreographer: space, time, and energy. We will work with visual imagery as a starting point to choreograph short solos that will be the basis of small group compositions. We will build partnering skills as part of this exploration.

Thursday, April 13
Ballet with Jeffrey Hankinson
Class Description: This two-hour ballet class will have elements of traditional Russian Vagonova technique along with contemporary ballet technique for the intermediate to advanced dancer with emphasis on correct placement, strength and stamina. The two hours allows for a deeper exploration of ballet pedagogy starting with barre exercises that build into center combinations, ending with grand allegro and reverence.

Friday, April 14
Gaga/Dancer Class with Berit Ahlgren
Class Description: Gaga/dancer classes are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin, and guide the participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class actively explores these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand. Gaga/dancer classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.

Daily, 4:30-6:30pm

Cost: $18/class or $80/5 2-hour classes (pre-registration required, classes might be cancelled if the minimum number of students is not reached)

*Intermediate/Advanced Level

For more information contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925

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