Photo of Andrea Nann by Drew Berry
Announcing our Master Workshop Series, Virtual Edition!
This self-paced virtual series is designed to support dance artists who have experienced financial barriers in accessing professional training due to the pandemic, but were not able to attend the in-person workshops. Facilitated by some of our favourite local artists, the program introduces dancers to a variety of practices and techniques in the performing arts. Filmed workshops will be added weekly.
Funded by the Government of Canada, The Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund / Cette série d’ateliers est financée par le gouvernement du Canada via le Fonds pour la résilience des travailleurs du secteur des spectacles sur scène du Canada.
Functional Movement & Yoga with Debbie Wilson
Ritual in Dance with Norma Araiza
Stage Combat for Dancers with Alice Cavanagh
Phrasing & Dynamics with Carmen Romero
Expressive Movement & Voice with Uche Ama
Floor Work with Falciony Patiño
Movement for Film with Katelyn McCulloch
Contact Improvisation with Kathleen Rea
Our Conscious Bodies with Andrea Nann
Starting from the alignment-based format of yoga, we will begin to explore the functional elements of the individual body. Once you begin to recognize and understand you own physical makeup, you can begin to make informed choices when tackling more alignment-based techniques such as ballet, Graham or Horton.
“Ritual in Dance” is a gentle journey of a series of actions that could be used to prepare for a rehearsal or a performance, or simply to focus on the creative process. These actions may help to create a meditative presence, a non-religious prayer, repetition of movement, and shared intentions to create an environment to dive deeper into embodiment, either individually or in community.
Stage Combat for Dancers is an Introduction to Frog in Hand’s Approach to non-verbal storytelling, using tools inspired by stage combat. Together we will create the illusion of conflict between characters, while keeping the performer safe. We will get to the floor while protecting your body by falling and rolling, and we will thoughtfully explore a variety of techniques to mindfully craft a scene with heightened dramatic tension.
The Phrasing and dynamics class will introduce you to the musicality of movement. Carmen will create a few short phrases with different musical timings and accents. Dancers will learn how to change the accents to explore different ways of expressing an idea or feeling through movement. Flamenco is known for its dynamics in movement and sound. Flamenco dancers work with energy in a way that either creates an ebb and flow or a crash and burn. No flamenco shoes are required and in fact, this class will be taught barefoot. The use of body percussion will add to the sound created during movement. This is a powerful class for those looking to augment their expression and dance.
This workshop is an opportunity for the mover to explore choreography development while incorporating speech in performance. With a short creative writing task involved, we will discuss intention, gestural development, emotion and its importance in the creation of expressive movement.
This workshop includes a breath warm-up, action-reaction games and choreographed floor work phrases. Students will also work in small groups to become aware of individual choreographic styles and personal expression.
This workshop is dedicated to exploring and understanding the creative ways to work with movement in film as a performer, director, and choreographer. We will look at all phases of the movie making process and how to integrate the themes/story of the piece through the movement of bodies, the collaboration between the camera, the performer, and will touch on post production with editing and score.
Kathleen Rea with 20 years of partnering experience under her belt will teach Contact improvisation, a dance form in which momentum between two or more people creates and inspires dance movements and lifting. The focus of the workshop will be on establishing physical communication and cueing and on lifting techniques according to principles of contact improvisation. Kathleen teaches lifts in step by step manner that “ramps” people toward lifting with ease and confidence. She provides video tutorials for her students so they leave the workshop with something to refer to help the learning better integrate into their dancing. Partnering techniques are non-gendered meaning there are no set lifters and liftee roles. This lets people make choices to “base” or “fly” as they feel comfortable. Kathleen has experience teaching dancers with disabilities. Accommodation and movement translations will be provided as needed.
Dive with Andrea deeply into the nourishing essences of her Conscious Bodies practice. This is an experiential class where rhythms, pacing, gesture, movement, flow and raw expression emerge through the senses of our bodies, minds, hearts, and imaginations. Attuning to lived and dreamed experiences we will journey into spaces between, around and within, where we can discover ourselves as dynamically thriving and generative beings in fully embodied heart-centred living relationship.