Dance: Technique and Improvisation
$15 per class/10 class card $140.00
Improve body awareness, flex your imagination, build confidence and have fun! This class, for 6- to 8-year-olds, begins with a floor warm-up that gets us reaching and stretching, addresses the postural muscles and prepares us for movement through space. Across the floor and standing phrases address rhythm and musicality, challenge balance, emphasize fundamentals and then test those conventions; each child finds his or her own way toward technique and expression. Moving into improvisation, I use guided visualization, drawing and working with objects as well as purely somatic (body-oriented) experience to inspire discovery. The short choreography I set on the students comes directly from their beginning exercises and their suggestions. This allows them to feel success at mastering and remembering a dance they helped to create. Concentration and attention are required in this class, but it delivers an equal amount of laughter and joy.
clyde forth is an improviser, choreographer and visual artist whose work crosses the boundaries of dance, drawing, sculpture, video and poetry. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.