DANCE STUDIO SCHEDULE: DECEMBER – FEBRUARY
All our classes are operated on an ongoing, drop-in basis. Single classes and packages can be purchased at the time of class with cash or check. Class packages are also available online. All class cancellations are announced on our Facebook page. All classes take place at 95 Empire Street, 3rd Floor Dance Studio.
A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone.
If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.
This ballet class makes classical dance a joy! The class focuses on fundamentals, beginning with a thorough warm up at the barre and progressing to the center for choreographed combinations. Students build muscle as they refine body alignment and learn weight placement to develop coordination. For people who have some prior ballet experience.
The Intermediate/Advanced Modern class will focus on movement that has been informed by the many voices of my artistic journey. Among the loudest voices are Della Cowall, Stephanie Stanford-Shaw, Deb Meunier, Betsy Miller and Jessika Davis. Dance should accomplish a few discrete objectives: Beauty, Community and Strength. Class will move toward these goals through traditional modern dance floorwork, phrases and travelling in space as well as improvisational techniques. My hope is that dancers will leave the studio feeling greater beauty, strength and a deeper sense of connectedness to a community, perhaps even to their own stories.
This Hatha style yoga class aims to engage a community through open-level group practice. Student practitioners should expect to receive clear and specific physical cues, while being encouraged to reach beyond a purely physical experience. The theme of compassionate self-awareness will be woven into each class, building community through understanding and acceptance of the self.
Ann offers a traditional ballet class with a special focus on musicality, epaulement, and the joy of fully embodied movement. Her barre exercises allow time to warm up slowly while developing the alignment, strength, and precision that create freedom in the center. Dancers slow down for the the beauty and breath of adage before progressing to the speed of petit allegro and the fun of moving through space. Ann especially enjoys discovering and sharing the “movement” in ballet, and she offers options throughout the class so dancers can tailor exercises to the level of challenge they each need.
A one-hour beginner Vinyasa yoga that focuses on the foundations of classical Vinyasa flow, emphasizing movement and breath as synchronized experience. Attention to fundamental asana (postures) will prepare students for their flow sequence and is designed to help beginners develop their own practice.
Brown University Students Free w/ ID
This open level class welcomes a wide spectrum of movers who want to explore fundamental physical connections and integrate those within expressive movement. The class begins on the floor in explorations of weight, momentum and range of motion in joints. Moving to a mid-level we will take time to condition the muscles within efficient patterns. In standing we investigate the dynamics of opposition in balance, gesture and weight shift to alas traverse the space across, under and around. All are welcome!
PRIME ACTION 6:30-8pm
w/ yon Tande
Feb.9: Katie McNamara (Modern)
Feb. 16 & 23: Kei Cobb (viniyoga)
($13 Drop In/$10 Class Package)
Brown University Students Free w/ ID
Prime Action is a contemporary form based in African Diasporic and modern dance traditions that work towards enlivening a presence of be-ing in the body. The class incorporates floor work to develop an agile and responsive central column through the activation and articulation of the pelvis, torso (spine/rib cage), neck and head. Standing center focuses on the coordination and strengthening of the extremities with exercises for the hands and arms, legs and feet. Traveling work integrates various elements of floor and center work with progressive movements, phrases, and improvisational explorations. Finally, Phrase work brings together all technical components into choreographic phrase work that encourages mind/body/spirit expressivity.
The technique Acogny is the only recognized contemporary dance technique created in Africa. It was created by Germaine Acogny, the mother of African contemporary dance. Based on traditional African dance (especially Senegal and Benin) and Western dance techniques (classical ballet, release, and Graham technique), the philosophy of this technique is about identity: placing yourself inside the community and nature, and being aware of your own body. The technique respects every different body, and addresses life and the connection between human being and nature. Joy, play, love and music are the fundamentals of the spirit of the technique.
Saturday Switch Series offers instruction in workshop-based setting from a rotating roster of guest artists.
$15 per class
Brown University Students Free w/ ID
January 21st: Saulo Castillo
Introductory Breakin’ workshop
Saulo will be teaching an introductory dance class on Hip Hops original dance form, B-boyin’/B-girlin’, more commonly referred to as Break-dancing or Breakin’. In this class attendees will learn a brief history of the dance and culture of Hip Hop, as well as the movements.
We will explore the various elements of Breakin’ such as toprock, footwork, freezes, powermoves, style, flavor, and originality. Wear comfortable attire such as sweatpants or joggers, as well as comfortable sneaker.
February 4: Nikki Carrara
Contemporary dance for every body
Nikki invites dancers of all experiences to join this lighthearted and rigorous exploration of the moving body through space and time. She offers a thoughtful progression of exercises and explorations designed to bridge spaces between awareness and motion while connecting us to our personal and communal roles in the community dance class. All the while, we will accumulate information along the way that is expressed in an extended movement phrase and take some time to cool down and contemplate new sensations before leaving each other and re-entering our lives outside the dance studio. It’s going to be great. You should go.
February 18: Jessica T. Pearson
This class incorporates tenets of the Horton, Limon and Dunham dance techniques to create a unique, rigorous experience of the body. Dancers will be challenged to push their bodies to the extreme while executing proper technique, fluidity, flexibility and dynamics.
Jessica T. Pearson is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Rhode Island College. Ms. Pearson is a dancer, educator and choreographer who danced with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Gesel Mason and Concepts In Motion, Bermuda. This sought out educator has been invited to teach at Ballet West Summer Intensive, Urbanity Summer Intensive and taught overseas for two years. In 2015, Pearson received the honor to be the guest choreographer for Urbanity Dance Company of Boston. Quell premiered in Urbanity Next at Green Street Studio in February 2016. Other recent accomplishments were performances in Collective Thread and The Series Vol. 1. in New York City and Southern Vermont Dance Festival.
Prior to Rhode Island College, she was a Post MFA Fellow at the University of Utah. She received her MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado Boulder were she studied dance pedagogy and choreography and BFA from Towson University in Towson, Maryland.
March. 4: viniyoga w/ Kei Cobb
Workshop Description TBA
Modern Movements Dance Festival Workshops:
Sat April 1st, 10am: Betsy Miller (Contemporary Release Technique)
Sun April 2nd, 2pm: Denizen Arts: (“Jovay-Theatre”)
Sat April 8th, 10am, Ali Kenner Brodsky (B.J. Sullivan’s Safety ReleaseTechnique)
12pm, Amporphous Dance Collective
Fri April 14th, 5 pm, Ronald Kevin Lewis
Sat April 15th, 10am, Heidi Henderson (Doppleganger Dance)
12pm, Orlando Hernandez (“Living in the Break”)
Sat April 22nd, 10am Shura Baryshinikov, Danielle Davidson (contemporary)
May 6: Shawn Hove
On this day we will move small, we will move big, and everything in between. Class will start with getting our moving bodies ready through a series of placement exercises, stretching, and improvisation. We will end with a big-fun phrase. This phrase will find us eating up space, finding our fellow dancers, and sharing the elastic tension between us. Class will embrace the social aspect of dancing together as a unit, allowing us to share the beauty of our individuality as dancers and humans.
Shawn Hove is a multidisciplinary dance artist investigating and working in dance as a choreographer, dancer, collaborator, educator, lighting designer, and media artist. He is the founder/artistic director of shove gently dance/theater. He has worked as faculty/staff at The Ohio State University’s Department of Dance and served as co-director of the video team at the Bates Dance Festival. He is now on faculty for the Bates Dance Festival, teaching Dance for the Camera. Shawn has danced for/with artists Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, Crispin Speath, Meghan Durham, Noelle Chun, and Betsy Miller. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Production Coordinator at Connecticut College’s Department of dance, where he teaches courses in Dance for the Camera, Media in Performance, Production, Technique, and more.
May 13: Christian Swenson
Workshop Description TBA
May 20: Donald Halquist
Workshop Description TBA
LGBTQ Pride/Queer Arts Festival:
June 3: Marc Boucai
June 17: P.L.A.Y. w/ yon Tande
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yon Tande, Dance Program Manager: email@example.com
Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.
Olase Freeman (BA Wesleyan University, MFA University of Wisconsin Milwaukee) presently involved in an extended residency called “fatherhood”, lives in Rhode Island with his partner Kathryn McNamara. A partial list of the companies he has worked with include the Richard Bull Dance Theater, Jane Comfort & Co., Creach/Dance, Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Theater, Headlong Dance Theater, and Leah Stein Dance Company. Olase’s choreographic work has been performed in such diverse venues as The Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Movement Research at Judson Church, Links Hall (Chicago), the Cunningham Studio, Joyce/Soho, Dixon Place, Thelma Hill (Long Island University), the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, as well as RIIPN/Cheek-to-Cheek and American Dance Legacy Institute. As a teacher, in addition to being on faculty of Rhode Island College from 2008-2010, as well as Muhlenberg College in 2011-2012, Olase has conducted residencies and taught classes at the Firkin Crane (Cork City, Ireland), Curitiba and Londrina (Brazil), Congresso Internacional de Danza a nivel Baja California, Mexico, Western Wyoming Community College, the DanceCenter at Columbia College (Chicago), SUNY Brockport, Hobart/William Smith College, Links Hall, CalState San Marcos, Sushi Performance Inc. (San Diego), Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, (Seattle), and University of Montana, Missoula.
Angie Hartley is a yoga practitioner, dancer, choreographer and teacher. She received her BA from Keene State College in Theater and Dance and has since showed work and performed at the American Dance Festival, and in Boston, Providence and South Korea. She is certified to teach elementary school in New Hampshire and Rhode Island and recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu School of Yoga. She is thrilled to share embodied awareness with movers of all abilities and backgrounds.
Ann Ditmars Huyck teaches ballet in Providence at AS220, Providence College, and East Side Ballet. She has also recently served as Guest Choreographer and Interim Artistic Director for JUMP! Dance Company in Providence. Ann has previously taught at Princeton Ballet School and in an international pre-professional training program at L’Academie Americaine de Danse de Paris, and she worked for five years in New York City Ballet’s Education Department. She has performed in American Repertory Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, in Martha Graham’s Celebration with the Second Avenue Dance Company, and in new works by Violette Verdy, Deborah Jowitt, Alan Hineline, and Alexi Ramov. Her own choreography has been presented by Princeton University, American Repertory Ballet Ensemble, Second Avenue Dance Company, and at the Youth America Grand Prix. Ann holds an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She received her early ballet training at the Lehigh Valley Ballet and at Princeton Ballet School, later continuing to study in New York and Paris.
Katie McNamara is a dance-artist, teacher and mom living in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the artistic community there and the raw spontaneity of its stage. During this time she co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper. Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland). Locally she has recently worked with LostWax, Stephanie Turner, Rose Pasquarello-Beauchamp and Betsy Miller. Some local choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University. Most recently, she adjuncts at Dean College. Katie has been teaching Pilates for nearly two decades and presently teaches at Providence Pilates. She holds a BA in Dance and Anthropology from Connecticut College and a MFA in Dance Performance from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business (www.shea-training.com) he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).
Julie Shore is an experienced and dedicated yoga practitioner with a passion for teaching. A California native, she has called Providence home since 2009, moving here after completing her BA at Bard College. She received her training from Eyes of the World Yoga Center and continues to deepen her studies as she builds her teaching practice. Yoga has continued to be a source of strength and insight in Julie’s life. Her classes translate a technical knowledge of vinyasa asana, with underpinnings of yogic philosophy which point to developing mindfulness and compassionate awareness.
Mekbul Jemal Tahir is an international choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He is one of the founding members of Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company, which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since completing a five-year training program accredited by Middlesex University (UK) in 2001, he has been performing and teaching African contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and community dance and theatre in Ethiopia and abroad. Among others, his projects have included the 2005 Kin-Addis Project in the DRC, Ethiopia, and France, and the 2006 Can Do Can Dance Project in Hamburg, Germany. In 2007, he performed a lead role in As the Mother of a Brown Boy, which opened at Chickenshed Theatre Company in London and later traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for two awards. He is also one of the dancers who were selected to study Germaine Acogny’s dance and certified to teach her technique. Now a resident of Massachusetts, he divides his time between work with Adugna in Ethiopia and projects in Africa, Europe, and the United States.
Shannon Norquist loves to move. Dance has a hold of her heart and won’t seem to let go. It started at the Danzante Community Arts Center in Harrisburg, PA when she asked, “How can I become a dance teacher?” Since then she has performed with the Nee Danse Company in Harrisburg, taught students in afterschool programs, libraries and wherever else anyone will let her share her love of dance. Upon moving to Rhode Island she performed with Fusionworks Dance Company and has choreographed and taught as part of their educational outreach. She currently focuses most of her artistic energy on independent projects, teaching high school students to dance and speak Spanish, and being a mom.
yon Tande (Whitney V. Hunter) is an artist/culture worker and BLACK SEED Native committed to culture as catalyst. His work centers around nurturing and cultivating the creative spirit through performance, education and curation. His works have been presented through Kumble Theater, La Mama, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival and in the streets of NYC, Chicago and Detroit. He has worked with Martha Graham Dance Company, Rod Rodgers, Reggie Wilson, Martha Clarke, Fiona Templeton, Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik, John Jesurun, Kankouran West African Dance Company, Yass Hakoshima and others. He directs his performance collective Whitney Hunter[MEDIUM], was a Movement Research Artist in Residence (2013-15), and a founding member/curator of Social Health Performance Club. yon Tande is presently a Driskell Ph.D. Fellow at Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.