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95 EMPIRE ST. DANCE STUDIO SCHEDULE January-February 2016
All our classes are operated on an ongoing, drop-in basis. Single classes and packages can be purchased at the time of class with cash or check. Class packages are also available online. All class cancellations are announced on our Facebook page
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED MODERN DANCE 6:30-8:00PM *no class 1/18, 2/15
w/ Meghan Carmichael $13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
Starting from a base warm-up influenced by Cunningham and Limon modern dance techniques, this class will grow from a foundation of proper alignment, placement, and clarity in technique. Throughout the class, we will focus on a mixture of these modern dance fundamentals and contemporary influences, including: strength, release, breath, abandon, rebound, suspension, directional and rhythmic complexity, musicality, and gumption. We will explore how these approaches and qualities can be used to maximize the body’s versatility as an instrument. In an inquisitive and supportive environment, we will explore our technical and artistic practice, and develop each dancers’ own sense of groundedness to then to dive into the unknown.
HATHA YOGA 5:30-6:30PM
w/ Angie Hartley $13 Drop In/$10 Class Card
This Hatha style yoga class aims to engage a community through open-level group practice. Student practitioners should expect to receive clear and specific physical cues, while being encouraged to reach beyond a purely physical experience. The theme of compassionate self-awareness will be woven into each class, building community through understanding and acceptance of the self.
INTERMEDIATE BALLET 7:00-8:30PM
w/ Betsy Miller $13 Drop In/$10 Class Card
Classical ballet with an anatomical approach and an emphasis on the joy of movement! This class is designed to build on ballet basics and introduce more advanced movement vocabulary and complex combinations, while approaching the form through a clear understanding of body mechanics. Come discover how to use your body safely and efficiently to create both clarity and expressivity in your dancing.
LUNCHTIME VINYASA YOGA 12-1PM
w/ Julie Shore only $5 Drop In
A one-hour beginner Vinyasa yoga that focuses on the foundations of classical Vinyasa flow, emphasizing movement and breath as synchronized experience. Attention to fundamental asana (postures) will prepare students for their flow sequence and is designed to help beginners develop their own practice.
OPEN LEVEL MODERN DANCE 6:30-8PM
w/ Katie McNamara & Olase Freeman $13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
This open level class welcomes a wide spectrum of movers who want to explore fundamental physical connections and integrate those within expressive movement. The class begins on the floor in explorations of weight, momentum and range of motion in joints. Moving to a mid-level we will take time to condition the muscles within efficient patterns. In standing we investigate the dynamics of opposition in balance, gesture and weight shift to alas traverse the space across, under and around. All are welcome!
CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN DANCE 6:30-7:30PM *no class 1/1
w/ Mekbul J. Tahir $13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
The technique Acogny is the only recognized contemporary dance technique created in Africa. It was created by Germaine Acogny, the mother of African contemporary dance. Based on traditional African dance (especially Senegal and Benin) and Western dance techniques (classical ballet, release, and Graham technique), the philosophy of this technique is about identity: placing yourself inside the community and nature, and being aware of your own body. The technique respects every different body, and addresses life and the connection between human being and nature. Joy, play, love and music are the fundamentals of the spirit of the technique.
SWITCH SERIES 10-11:45AM January 9, 16, 23; February 6, 20, 27
w/ Rotating Faculty $15 Drop In/ $10 Class Package
See http://as220.org/event/saturday-switch-series-2 for more info
CORE WORKOUT 9-10AM
w/ Daniel Shea only $5 Drop In
A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone.
BEGINNER BALLET 10:30-11:30AM
w/ Stephanie Lyon-Albanese $13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.
INTERMEDIATE BALLET 12-1:45PM
w/ Stephanie Lyon-Albanese $13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
This ballet class makes classical dance a joy! The class focuses on fundamentals, beginning with a thorough warm up at the barre and progressing to the center for choreographed combinations. Students build muscle as they refine body alignment and learn weight placement to develop coordination. For people who have some prior ballet experience.
Betsy Miller, Dance Coordinator: email@example.com
Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.
Meghan Carmichael, originally from Cape Cod MA, is currently based in Providence RI, where she works as a dance artist, performer, choreographer, and teacher. She received her BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At UNCSA she studied and performed works by José Limon, Merce Cunningham and Alwin Nikolais. She also had the opportunity to train with and perform works by choreographers Helen Simoneau, Eric Oberdorff, and Doug Elkins. She has performed throughout New England as well as in New York City, where she performed at Dance New Amsterdam, the Lincoln Center Institute, and the Cunningham Trust. Her work has been shown at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC, Brown University, Festival Ballet Providence, and the Youth American Grand Prix 2015, Boston. She currently dances for local Providence choreographers Ali Kenner Brodsky & co and Betsy Miller, and is a company member of Prometheus Dance in Boston. She is on faculty at Festival Ballet Providence, Providence Ballet, Moses Brown School, and guest faculty Brown University. In 2015, she started a blog [dancepvd.wordpress.com] to build community and a dialogue with contemporary dance artists in the Greater Providence area. meghancarmichaeldance.com
Olase Freeman (BA Wesleyan University, MFA University of Wisconsin Milwaukee) presently involved in an extended residency called “fatherhood”, lives in Rhode Island with his partner Kathryn McNamara. A partial list of the companies he has worked with include the Richard Bull Dance Theater, Jane Comfort & Co., Creach/Dance, Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Theater, Headlong Dance Theater, and Leah Stein Dance Company. Olase’s choreographic work has been performed in such diverse venues as The Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Movement Research at Judson Church, Links Hall (Chicago), the Cunningham Studio, Joyce/Soho, Dixon Place, Thelma Hill (Long Island University), the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, as well as RIIPN/Cheek-to-Cheek and American Dance Legacy Institute. As a teacher, in addition to being on faculty of Rhode Island College from 2008-2010, as well as Muhlenberg College in 2011-2012, Olase has conducted residencies and taught classes at the Firkin Crane (Cork City, Ireland), Curitiba and Londrina (Brazil), Congresso Internacional de Danza a nivel Baja California, Mexico, Western Wyoming Community College, the DanceCenter at Columbia College (Chicago), SUNY Brockport, Hobart/William Smith College, Links Hall, CalState San Marcos, Sushi Performance Inc. (San Diego), Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, (Seattle), and University of Montana, Missoula.
Angie Hartley is a yoga practitioner, dancer, choreographer and teacher. She received her BA from Keene State College in Theater and Dance and has since showed work and performed at the American Dance Festival, and in Boston, Providence and South Korea. She is certified to teach elementary school in New Hampshire and Rhode Island and recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu School of Yoga. She is thrilled to share embodied awareness with movers of all abilities and backgrounds.
Katie McNamara is a dance artist, a cook, a mother and a teacher. Along with her husband Olase Freeman, she co-directs their company, BaldSoul, within which they strive to find the locus where art and life coexist. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the city’s diverse artistic community and the raw spontaneity of its stage. During this time she also co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper. Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland). Her recent choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University. Katie currently teaches Dance Composition at Dean College and has had a fourteen year career as a Pilates teacher-certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She is pursuing a MFA in dance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Betsy Miller is a dance artist, educator, and facilitator currently based in Providence. She is the recipient of the 2016 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Merit Award. Her choreography has been presented in New York, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas. She has performed with Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Fusionworks Company and shove gently dance, and has recently appeared in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Bill Evans, Heidi Henderson, Terry Creach, Doug Varone, Pascal Rioult, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Rachel Boggia, and Stephanie Turner. Betsy serves as the Dance Coordinator of AS220. She is on faculty at Providence College, Connecticut College, and Dean College, and regularly teaches as a guest artist throughout New England and beyond. Betsy holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College. More info at www.betsymillerdanceprojects.com.
Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business (www.shea-training.com) he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).
Julie Shore is an experienced and dedicated yoga practitioner with a passion for teaching. A California native, she has called Providence home since 2009, moving here after completing her BA at Bard College. She received her training from Eyes of the World Yoga Center and continues to deepen her studies as she builds her teaching practice. Yoga has continued to be a source of strength and insight in Julie’s life. Her classes translate a technical knowledge of vinyasa asana, with underpinnings of yogic philosophy which point to developing mindfulness and compassionate awareness.
Mekbul Jemal Tahir is an international choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He is one of the founding members of Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company, which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since completing a five-year training program accredited by Middlesex University (UK) in 2001, he has been performing and teaching African contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and community dance and theatre in Ethiopia and abroad. Among others, his projects have included the 2005 Kin-Addis Project in the DRC, Ethiopia, and France, and the 2006 Can Do Can Dance Project in Hamburg, Germany. In 2007, he performed a lead role in As the Mother of a Brown Boy, which opened at Chickenshed Theatre Company in London and later traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for two awards. He is also one of the dancers who were selected to study Germaine Acogny’s dance and certified to teach her technique. Now a resident of Massachusetts, he divides his time between work with Adugna in Ethiopia and projects in Africa, Europe, and the United States.