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Upcoming classes and workshops

@thodosdancechicago

Forge Summer Intensive

July 26-30, 2019

Contemporary, Ballet, Composition, Repertory, and Wellness classes with nationally-recognized teachers. Audition required for entry. For more information:

https://www.facebook.com/ForgeSDI/

@wmudance

Back-to-School Bootcamp

January 4, 2020

Two hours of contemporary technique and conditioning to prepare for the upcoming school year. Open to returning WMU students.

Time: TBD

@downdogyogacenter

Spring yoga workshop:

Inversions

May 2020

This spring I'm doing a deep dive into  inversions. Learn the prep poses to build strength and flexibilty, identify modification to suit your practice, and build safe inversions alone or with assistance.

 

class and workshop Descriptions

Dance

Modern/Contemporary

Beginner,

Intermediate,

Adv/Pro

Modern/Contemporary dance technique class is based in Limón technique and incorporating elements of Bartenieff fundamentals, Cunningham technique, improvisation, contact improvisation, Pilates, and yoga in an effort to familiarize students with a range to movement styles. Class often features intricate and extensive use of floor work as dancers move to the floor fluidly throughout class. Class aims to build technical strength, efficient use of the body, and nuanced movement.

Jazz

Beginner,

Intermediate,

Adv/Pro

Jazz class integrates multiple perspectives from the canon of jazz dance. Students are introduced to a variety of movement styles within the jazz idiom including Fosse, jazz funk, contemporary, Latin styles, Voguing, and musical theatre. Daily class work emphasizes repetition, as student's strive for precision and expression in their movement.

Improvisation

Beginning,

Adv/Pro

Improvisation and contact improvisation are ephemeral dance forms requiring  presence of mind and steadfastness of body. Students are asked to show up, pay attention, tell the truth, and be open to the outcome. Improvisation also students to explore their unique movement vocabulary and qualitative range. Contact improvisation deals with gravity, momentum, inertia, and friction between the dancer and an object or partner.

Composition

Intermediate,

Advanced

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Yoga

Vinyasa

Intermediate,

Advanced

Vinyasa yoga focuses on mindful movement through integrated asana and pranayama. Emphasis will be placed on alignment and breath cues. Suitable for all-levels, tends to be a vigorous practice, can be done in mild heat.

Hatha 

Beginner-

Advanced

Hatha features longer-held postures, advanced variations or modifications to suit individual needs, and advanced yoga practices including bandhas, mudras, pranayama, and meditation. Suitable for all-levels, student directs degree of physical exertion.

Yin 

Beginner-

Advanced

Yin is a restorative practice blending Eastern--somatic practices. It begins with three standing, dynamic "yang" sequences to heat the body, mobilize the spine and lubricate the joints; followed by seated, static “yin” postures to restore your physical, mental, and energetic states. Suitable for all-levels, especially good for new and older practitioners.

Hot

Intermediate,

Advanced

Hot yoga is a sequence designed to systematically mobilize the joints through held postures, repeated twice with variations. Each class follows a similar sequence, which allows the practitioner to explore meditative movement and become physical and mentally open through repetition. Suitable for most with moderate level of physical fitness, not suitable for those with heart issues.

Past Workshop Topics

For Students

Astanga: The eight limbs of yoga in daily life.

Arm Balance or Inversions: Developing strength through preparation.

 

Partner Yoga

 

Chakras: Root to crown. Presented in a three-part series.

Past Workshop Topics

For Teachers

Ancient Texts: Guided tour through Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Patañjali’s Yog Sutras.

 

The Kinesiology of the Breath

 

Yoga Anatomy and Kinesiology