Katy Pyle and Jules Skloot

Sunday Workshop: May 17th 3-5pm


Ballez Introductory Workshop

Katy Pyle and Jules Skloot will offer a two hour Ballez workshop to introduce dancers of all backgrounds (including brand new beginners) to Ballez dancing. Participants are asked to engage with each other in a friendly, non-competitive environment in order to allow space to uncover the difficulties of interacting with the problematic form of ballet.
We start with Authentic Movement, followed by a warm-up at the barre, learning codified postures queerly adjusted for maximum presence, emotional connection, and play. We'll move into center to turn, jump and learn short movement phrases. We’ll try some partnering techniques that are not based on size, but rather on weight-sharing, listening, and cooperation. Through shared research and support, this workshop intends to be a space for all types of people to unpack their relationship (or lack therof) to ballet, and to have an expansive time dancing together.

Ballez is performance, company, class and community, that invites everyone to witness and celebrate the history and performances of lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered female-assigned and identified peoples.
Ballez re-writes the narratives of Story Ballets to tell the history of our lineage, as dancers, and as queers.
Ballez re-imagines Archetypal characters to reflect multiplicity: of identity, desire and expression.
Ballez dancers claim our inherent nobility and belonging within, around, and on top of a form that has historically excluded us.
Ballez celebrates the virtuosity of complexly gendered embodiment, energetic eloquence, queer coding, and the magical adaptability of expression that Ballez dancers have cultivated through their lives as a way to survive and thrive.
Ballez is created by a community of performers of diverse trainings and backgrounds, each of whom has a unique gift to offer to this collaborative form.

The Firebird, a Ballez, Photo by Angela Jimenez www.angelajimenezphotography.com
pictured(L to R)- Lou Henry Hoover, Sam Miller, Jules Skloot, Katy Pyle, Effie Bowen, Zari Esaian


Katy Pyle is a multimedia performance artist whose works explore transformation, queer failure, and the lineage of performance. Pyle began studying ballet as a child, becoming an apprentice with Austin Contemporary Ballet at 14, and furthered her studies at North Carolina School of the Arts. She went on to study modern dance at NCSA, and then Multimedia Performance Art at Hollins. Pyle moved to New York in 2002, and her performance works have been presented at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, PS122, La Mama, Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and the Bushwick Starr. She has been in collaborative processes with Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, John Jasperse, Karinne Keithley Syers, Xavier Le Roy Jennifer Monson, Anna Sperber, Katie Workum, and Young Jean Lee Theater Company. She's received creative support from BAX, Brooklyn Arts Council, Dragon's Egg, Rockbridge Artist's Exchange, and Mount Tremper Arts.

Jules Skloot is a dancer, performance maker, and teacher based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Jules received a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to collaborating with and performing in the works of Katy Pyle, Jules has performed in New York with Sara Rudner, Peggy Gould, niv Acosta, devynn emory, Margot Bassett, and Will Davis. Jules teaches dance at the Brooklyn Friends School, and is assistant director of an arts and social justice focused summer camp for young people in Northern Virginia.