Aug 19, 20, 21 Tues, Weds & Thurs 10am-12pm
ADVANCED MOVEMENT (“CONTEMPORARY DANCE”)
The focus of this class is to continue the developmental process of the already trained dancer/mover, and to introduce them to a larger vocabulary for movement. Although this class is highly recommended for the more advanced student who seeks more than a technique class, dancers at other levels are welcome because they will benefit from the investigative process of this form of modern dance. For each dancer/mover, technique is absolutely stressed, but their process is shaped individually. Then, working from the knowledge of the way the body moves, we will take this information and apply it in phrases of movement that involve moving bigger, covering space, taking chances and being honest. Techniques/Styles explored are that which I’ve been exposed to: Shri K. Pattabhi Jois’ ASTANGA yoga, “Release” work, a compilation of modern dance techniques and styles, Susan Klein, Jose Limon, Jennifer Muller, David Rousseve/REALITY’s dance/theatre.
I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am also a faculty member at Hunter College, Kean University, Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I am a former faculty member of The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program. I hold a Ph.D. in History from Howard University, a Masters Degree in Dance Research, Reconstruction and Choreography from CUNY - City College, and two Bachelor’s Degrees: one in Speech & Theatre/Dance, and the other in English from Montclair State College.
I generally lecture on western dance history, the Black tradition in American dance and Jamaican dance. After performing for many years with major New York dance companies, I joined the internationally known, New York-based, dance/theater company david rousseve/REALITY in 1989 - 2000. I teach a movement class based on a melding of modern dance, contemporary styles and yoga. I am a yoga teacher at Ashtanga Yoga Montclair in Montclair, New Jersey. I began teaching Ashtanga-based yoga classes in 1998, and today Ashtanga yoga remains an integral part of all my movement classes. I have lectured and taught movement and yoga classes nationally and internationally.
I have been a co-curator for Harlem Stage's dance series, EMoves for ten years, and the lead curator for Dance @ Wassaic Project Festival for five years. I currently write on dance for Dance Magazine and The New York Amsterdam News among other magazines and journals. My most recent articles can be found on JW Marriot's luxury hotel's website - jwm - "Visions of Sugarplums", on BAM's website ("A Brief History of American Modern Dance"), and in BAM's 150th anniversary book - BAM: The Complete Works, Edited by Steven Serafin.
I was a member of the New York Dance and Performance Awards Committee (BESSIES) for more than ten years.