|photo by Nikki Carrera|
Improvisation, composing dance in the moment, is a way to explore new movement possibilities and engage the imagination while in motion. Each class will focus on finding new potential for how to move and how to think about movement. We dedicate time to basic concepts, such as time, space, quality of movement, use of the body’s weight and contact with a partner. We will begin to cultivate a palate of movement unique to you.
Heidi Henderson, choreographer for elephant JANE dance, a pick up company in RI, is a three time recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship. elephant JANE dance has performed at the South Bank Centre in London, in New York City, at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Festival, at The International Festival of Dance in Taegu, Korea, at the Bates Dance Festival, and around New England. Heidi has danced in the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, Sondra Loring and Paula Josa-Jones. Heidi has been a contributing editor at Contact Quarterly, a vehicle for moving ideas. She received her BA from Colby College and her MFA from Smith College and is in her ninth year on the faculty at Connecticut College. She first attended the Bates Dance Festival in 1988 and has returned again and again as a student, professional dancer, teacher and as a choreographer.