Saturday, May 25, 10 am-6 pm • Sunday, May 26, 1-5 pm
Decatur Recreation Center • 231 Sycamore St. [map]
Breaking New Ground
This year the New Dance Festival offers classes and performances in the dance studio at the Decatur Recreation Center.
10:30-11:30 am • Class 1
Noon-1 pm • Class 2
1:30-2:30 pm • Class 3
3-4 pm • Performance
5-6 pm • Performance
1-2 pm • Class 4
2:30-3:30 pm • Performance
4-5 pm • Performance
Featured choreographers and dance companies and the works they will present:
- Deus Ex Machina (excerpt), by Beacon Dance/D. Patton White (10 minutes)
- Flying Lessons (excerpt), by Emily Christianson (eight minutes)
- Compass, or A Good Chair Is Hard to Find, by Ann Ritter (10 minutes)
- Survive and Rescue, by Louise Runyon (10 minutes)
- Rain Dancer, by Alex Spitzer and Andrea Fannin (five minutes)
- SmithWorks: Offer and Toast…, by Wayne Smith (8.5 minutes)
- Persepolis, by Haideh of Jahara Phoenix (5 minutes)
Class 1 • Awareness Through Movement – The Feldenkrais Method
Saturday, 10:30-11:30 am
With Louise Runyon. Ingenious, gentle movement sequences designed to bring mobility, ease and efficiency to all forms of physical activity, through heightened awareness of how the body and mind can function as an integrated whole.
Class 2 • A Lotta Llamada
Saturday, noon-1 pm
With Julie Baggenstoss. Learn the basic flamenco dance movement “marcaje,” which can be danced even in a wheel chair! Learn a set of “llamadas,” which are calls to action in the flamenco improvisational structure. No dance experience is necessary. Class size is limited to 30. No specific dance attire or shoes are needed.
Class 3 • Contemporary Dance and Improvisation Scores
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 pm
This workshop with Wayne Smith focuses on performing contemporary dance phrase material as well as generating a dance improvisation score for mini performances. Participants are led through a contemporary technique class warm up. Then the idea of “scoring” (making choices) is briefly introduced and put into practice. Participants explore specific approaches used for improvisational performances and improvise as individuals (in groups) as well as perform as part of an interactive ensemble.
Class 4 • Ballroom/Social Dance: East Coast Swing and the Salsa
Sunday, 1-2 pm
D. Patton White, Beacon Dance artistic director, leads participants in the basic steps of the East-Coast Swing and the Salsa. No partner is necessary, just come if you want to have some fun! Participants also learn a few basic variations on each dance.
Co-presented with Beacon Dance
Decatur Recreation Center Dance Studio