Tues & Thurs 12-2pm, April 5 & 7 at DANY Studios
In these two-hour classes, I hope to revisit methods of training from my days at the Washington Ballet and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba from the perspective of a practicing modern dancer and movement inventor. The classes will emphasize a clean, direct and logical way of progressing from simple barre exercises to more complex center combinations. As a group we will confront habits which keep us from moving with clarity and efficiency, and explore how the classical can be universally beneficial. All levels and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.
Dance Nerds! (Lab Workshop)
Friday 11 - 2pm, April 8 at Teacher's College, Columbia University
525 W 120th St (btw Amsterdam & Broadway) Entrance on the North side.
Take the 1 train to 116t St, walk north to 120th and turn right
This three-hour workshop will introduce concepts of biomechanics, biophysics and movement analysis from the perspective of dance performance. We will meet in the 3D motion analysis lab where I am currently conducting research on dancers. Using our collective backgrounds as movers, the class will come up with pertinent questions about the body, and test them using the VICON analysis system. Students will gain firsthand access to the equipment and processes fueling the burgeoning dance science movement. No prior scientific experience is required.
Elizabeth Coker Giron trained at the Washington School of Ballet and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba before joining The Washington Ballet for several seasons. She joined the Seán Curran Company in 2006, and became its Associate Artistic Director in 2009. Elizabeth also creates work and performs with Ana Isabel Keilson. Elizabeth graduated summa cum laude/phi beta kappa from Columbia University in 2006 with a degree in psychology and dance, and earned an MA in 2010 from Teachers College of Columbia University in the field of Motor Learning and Control. She is currently conducting research at Teachers College on uses of motor imagery by dancers. Elizabeth has taught and set choreography at the Washington School of Ballet, Ballet Hispanico School, Roger Williams University, Harvard University, Peridance, Steps Repertory Ensemble, Dance New Amsterdam, ClassClassClass, Uppercut Dance Theater, and Zenon Dance Company. She also served as guest lecturer in postmodern dance at George Washington University.
Hear what Elizabeth has to say about teaching CLASSCLASSCLASS 2010: