|photo by Nancy Fancher|
This class is designed to bring awareness, dimensionality and agency to your dancing. The warm up will cumulate over the 3 weeks and aims to bring sensitivity to your whole body - from your core to the tips of your fingers, from your toes to the reaches of your imagination. We will learn material that emphasizes a weighted use of the body, highlights texture, encourages clear direction changes, and employs an articulate use of the torso and legs. Dancing is social and we will find ways to dance as a community. The class will harness individual personality, develops kinesthetic knowledge, and broadens dancing possibilities. We will delve into technique as a way of exploring the moving body with clarity and arriving at physical specificity. Culminating with phrase material and other surprises, we will concentrate on how to make movement authentic and alive. We will smile.
Karl Rogers, co-director of the Young Dancers Workshop, is Assistant Professor of Dance at The College of Brockport. He is also a member of David Dorfman Dance and has danced in projects for Colleen Thomas, Terry Creach, Paul Matteson, elephant JANE dance, Melinda Ring, Hoi Polloi, and many others. He completed an MFA in Choreography (2003) and is, currently, a PhD candidate in Dance at the Ohio State University. His dance company, Red Dirt Dance, has performed at venues across the country. Most recently, he has performed a series of duets, collaborating with both Heidi Henderson and Megan Durham-Wall.