Experience class with choreographers from all across the country in Dance Place’s Master Class series! Drop in for only $15 to these classes. All classes located at Dance Place (3225 8th St NE) unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday, May 28 – Sunday, June 2
DanceAfrica DC, 2013 Master Classes
Some of the most distinguished local, national and international African dance teachers provide a range of training opportunities.
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Past Master Classes
Tuesday, January 8: 10:15am-12:00pm
Wednesday, January 9: 10:15am-12:00pm
Only $10 to drop in!
These Intermediate to Advanced level classes push for specificity, risk, and abandonment, with an incredible sense of play. Students will dive into a richly diverse style that is rooted in contemporary modern and Africanist movement through a movement phrase where risk and structured improvisation are key to discovery.
Tuesday, January 22: 10:15am-12:00pm
Wednesday, January 23: 10:15am-12:00pm
Only $10 to drop in!
Enjoy a post-modern dance warm up and a short vocal warm up, followed by a workshop focused on text and gesture. Participants should bring 4 lines of memorized text from their journal, song lyrics, poetry or news articles that are pertinent to social justice issues or politics to serve as fodder for the workshop.
Saturday, February 2: 11:00am-12:30pm
Sidra Bell Dance New York
From New York City, Sidra Bell’s class phrases are lush, gestural, dynamic, powerful, and pulsating – leaving the dancers with a feeling of exhaustion and exhilaration.
Saturday, February 9: 9:30-11:00am
Brian Sanders’ JUNK – New Date and Location!
Please note this class is now taking place at Dance Place
Class Requirement: Students should bring 2-3 found objects.
Philadelphia based Brian Sanders teaches the company’s quirky and physical phrases. Suitable for beginners.
Wednesday, February 27: 10:15am-12:00pm
Learn the intricate pathways of California based Popkin’s movement vocabulary that yield a focused and rigorous dancing experience.
Saturday, March 9: 9:30-11:00am
Bill Evans’ Laban-based modern dance technique offers dancers tools for self-discovery and positive change. Each class integrates patterns from Bartenieff Fundamentals and allows participants to bring their personal uniqueness to movement investigations through the Body, Effort, Shape and Space lenses of Laban Movement Analysis.
Evans has built on the modern dance styles he studied as a young professional (Nikolais, Graham, Limon and Cunningham), as well the dynamics, precision and freedom of rhythm tap, which he has performed since childhood.
Wednesday, March 13: 10:15am-12:00pm
Saturday, March 16: 11:00am-12:30pm
In this open level, intergenerational modern master class with artists of the Dance Exchange, the body is treated as a resource to explore both physical tasks and subject matter sourced from current events.
Saturday, March 23: 11:00am-12:30pm
Learn choreographer Takehiro Ueyama’s distinct style, pulling from his roots in Japan and his experiences in New York with Paul Taylor Dance Company and his own TAKE Dance.
Saturday, April 6: 11:00am-12:30pm
Experience New York based Kyle Abraham’s post-modern movement vocabulary, full of intricate gestures and fearless floor-work.
Wednesday, April 17: 10:15am-12:00pm
This class explores movement, writing, carpentry, sculpture, and any and all things as avenues for making (and dancing) dances. Anyone can take this class!
Saturday, May 4: 11:00am-12:30pm
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
Discover the mind, body and spirit connection with Cleo, drawing on techniques and inspirations from the African Diaspora.
Wednesday, May 15: 10:15am-12:00pm
Beginning with a comprehensive warmup of the spine using contemporary Bartenieff and Release techniques, and incorporating phrase material from recent works, Sydney Skybetter’s modern dance class introduces the diversity of contemporary movement vocabularies in context of the the skybetter and associates repertory.