Contemporary I with Whitney Cover at Theater,Dance & Media
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:30pm 9:00pm
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 7:30pm 9:00pm
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 7:30pm 9:00pm
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 7:30pm 9:00pm
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:30pm 9:00pm
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7:30pm 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 7:30pm 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 7:30pm 9:00pm
Contemporary I taught by Whitney Cover
An introduction to Contemporary dance movement techniques developed in the 1970s to the present day, for all levels of experience. The classes will explore dynamic alignment and efficiency of movement by first warming the body with attention to structure and fluidity in the joints. Tasks and movement phrases will help students explore the body’s relationship to gravity, space, and weight while moving on and out of the floor. Emphasis is placed on building a cerebral toolkit for approaching dance phrasework and improvisation, while increasing awareness of the body in the classes and for daily life. The classes also aim to develop esthetic discernment and the capacity for play. No previous dance experience necessary.
Contemporary I taught by Nailah Randall-Bellinger
This course introduces the fundamentals of classical Modern dance technique and shows its evolution into what is now called Contemporary dance. Students are introduced to the basic vocabulary of Graham, Horton, and Limón techniques, including such terms as the c-curve, undulation, lateral arch, fall, and rebound, spiraling, release swing, and contract and release. The use of the torso and working in a way that is “grounded” is emphasized as defining modern dance movement qualities. In addition to building a strong vocabulary of classical modern dance, as it applies to contemporary dance, the students will explore each style through a series of movement studies designed to develop one’s muscle memory and movement fluidity.